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Old 04-27-2005, 07:14 PM   #1
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how to restore start-up process

Hi all

After we have tried (unsuccessfully...) installing nVidia drivers, according to

the start-up process is just a mess.

We are trying now to return it to the initial state. PLEASE HELP

Now details:
Knoppix 3.8.1 installed on HD

#1: tried
apt-get update
apt-cache policy nvidia-kernel-$(uname -r)
apt-get -t $NVDIST install nvidia-kernel-common nvidia-kernel-$(uname -r)

#2: tried
apt-get install module-assistant nvidia-kernel-common
failed in a strange way

#3: tried
cp -p /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.bak
md5sum /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 >| /var/lib/xfree86/XF86Config-4.md5sum
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
The questionary was *really* strange, I hardly understand a single word in it.

Eventually we restored XF86Config-4 from XF86Config-4.bak

#4: tried
grep -q ^nvidia /etc/modules || echo nvidia >> /etc/modules
There was no visible effect in the /etc/modules.

#5: restart computer

Received a lot of lines during linux start-up - "failed... failed.. failed..." (about 2 screens).


I thought to reinstall the Knoppix from the scratch... But is really a Windows-like style of fixing problems.

There is no visible problem - but the feeling that something now wrong in the system is disturbing
Old 04-28-2005, 06:07 AM   #2
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what exactly failed ??
Old 04-28-2005, 03:25 PM   #3
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The "buggy" log at start-up starts with "hotplugs" section.

BUT, I have realized that anyway I will reinstall the knoppix sometimes, so this problem is less severe now.

Instead, please explain in a few words how does one install driver under linux? The whole process seems to much complicated for me, even though I have more then 10 years experience in using computers.

I beleive that one clever man can explain the essence of this magic to another clever man.


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