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Old 03-21-2004, 12:38 AM   #1
Em3rald
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Unhappy installing nVidia drivers on Mandrake/KDE - Permissions, X


engy: My problem is that I want to install the latest nVidia graphics drivers but I can't because of permissions, and running X.

About me:
1) Linux NEWB (bigtime) ... I don't know ANY of the console commands, but I know I should. Anyone suggest where I should go for that?
2) Running Mandrake Community 10.0
3) GUI = KDE (love it ... LOVE it!!!)
4) I have dual-boot w/ w2kpro on another drive. Lilo is my boot manager.
5) Originally I was installed with the "higher" security setting, am trying the "standard" now ... it's more idiot-proof, but doesn't give me the same freedom. I will be switching back.

So here's the scenario. I log into KDE under my regular username (henceforth referred to as 'mike'). I download the Linux32 drivers for my GeForce FX5600XT (not a bad card, good price to performance ratio) and put them in my /home directory. I run [sh programname.run] (yes, it's a .run file). It tells me I must be in root.

I logout and back into KDE using the username root and the appropriate password. I run the console and run the [sh programname.run]. It checks integrity, prepares to install, and stops with a message that I cannot be running X (um, it was X 'something' but I cannot remember what, though I assume it is referring to the GUI.)

I reboot and start using ANY of the console boots. Now I cannot log in as root. Only as mike. And mike doesn't have permission to run that driver installer.

What must I do? Any suggestions on where to go to learn how to be a linux/mandrake guru?

Mike

PS. Sorry this was so long, but I want to make sure I am totally clear. Thanks for your help.
 
Old 03-21-2004, 01:00 AM   #2
Em3rald
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I found an answer, I am going to try this. I imagine Mandrake 9 vs mandrake 10 must not really be an issue here.

Wish me luck, I'll post my results.

here is the guide I used:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/answers/30
 
Old 03-21-2004, 01:38 AM   #3
Em3rald
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Okay, attempted to follow the above tutorial, but I still have one problem:

I cannot log into 'root' using console! I can certainly log into root using KDE and other GUIs, but why not with the console when I start up with id:3:initdefault:?
 
Old 03-21-2004, 03:59 AM   #4
Em3rald
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Talking Problem Cured!

I am laughing at myself, but you know, I wasted like ... 5 hours trying to figure this damn thing out, and it was my own freaking stupidity that caused all the trouble.

In short, here is my solution ... in case any one else is having any difficulty.

In order to install the nVidia driver which is a RUN file, you have to have the Kernel source installed. And, as most people would know (all except me anyway), you can install it by sticking one of your Mandrake CDs into the drive, going to [System/Configuration/configure computer], clicking on Software management and surfing the list of available install packages until you find the appropriate kernel. It automatically installs anything else you need.

Then (assuming you have downloaded the run file), you disable graphical user interface (dunno if this is totally necessary, but it worked so thats all that counts) [system/configuration/configure computer/boot/auto login] and DE-SELECT 'launch graphical environment'.

Then type SU at the command prompt (I assume this is to switch to 'single user' mode, which I assume grants the user nearly all required ROOT permissions.

Then follow the rest of the nVidia installer information.

Feel free to contact me if you want any more input. We NewBs need to stick together (heheh).

The afore mentioned HOWTO in previous posts does indeed work if your kernel source is installed as I just outlined.
 
  


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