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Old 10-17-2004, 08:39 AM   #1
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Installing nVidia Drivers


I am trying to install the nVidia drivers onto debian but currently failing miserably.

The nVidia driver package has been downloaded and I can turn off the XServer by removing gdm (there must be a better way but "init 3" does not work).

When the package is run it comes up with the error message:

"No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; this means that the installer will need to compile a new kernel interface."

I have tried to get the correct source and with the --kernel-source-path but it came up with a new error about incompatibility.

Any help would be much appreciated.
Old 10-17-2004, 08:42 AM   #2
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What kernel are you using? Have you tried using a vanilla kernel from:
Old 10-17-2004, 10:50 AM   #3
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Hey, first I should say I'm just a fellow newb, but here's how I got the Nvidia drivers loaded.

First, make sure that the version of gcc used to compile your kernel is the same as the current one you have ready to use. gcc -v will give you the current one, and there's a command to find out your kernel version that will also show the gcc used to compile it.

Next do the following:

apt-get install module-assistant
module-assistant auto-install nvidia
apt-get -t testing install nvidia-glx nvidia-kernel-common

Then Edit your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file and comment out the Module entries Load glx and Load GLCore. Add the Module entry Load glx if its not already there. Also, change the device name from vga/vesa/nv whatever you have to nvidia and change the color depth to 24.

chmod 0666 /dev/nvidia*
chown root /dev/nvidia*

That worked for me and you don't even have to worry about compiling or downloading the thing manually.
Old 10-17-2004, 12:02 PM   #4
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I think i know what is your problem. First, you must to put you kernel source in /usr/src because it is a default path for installer to look for it. And you need to create a symlink in the same dir (usr/src) named linux and pointing to your kernel source dir. Try it...
Old 10-17-2004, 04:56 PM   #5
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Hi, try telinit 3 in root. I use that alot on my RedHat systems. I gaurentee it'll work.
Old 10-17-2004, 08:22 PM   #6
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This happens to me all the time on my vanilla 2.6.8 kernel.

I just hit "next" or whatever was there and it compiled the driver for me. No big deal. Will it allow you to do that?
Old 10-21-2004, 04:53 AM   #7
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try adding this in your /etc/xorg.conf file

Load "nvidia" in the modules section.
Old 03-31-2010, 03:50 PM   #8
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Question CC not in path

When installing the driver for my NVIDIA quaddro 3700 card, I get a warning message that says no cc in the path. Check to see if GCC is installed. If it is installed then make sure CC is in your path. OK I checked and GCC is installed, so where and in what path do I put CC? Thanks.


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