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Old 10-18-2004, 12:19 AM   #1
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Nvidia driver install problems

This doesn't have anything to do with the drivers really, it's the installation process that's killing me.

I can't figure out how to get out of the x-server so I can install these things. Here is what I've tried:

Ctrl+Alt+Backspace - this just closes my x-session and puts me to the kde login screen

Ctrl+Alt+F6 - this takes me to the terminal but when I try to run the driver files it gives me an error saying that X is still running. When I type in 'ps' the only processess listed are bash and ps.

logging into the "fail safe" mode from the kde login screen - this logs me into some graphical full screen version of the console and the installer tells me the same thing as C+A+F6.

How can I get to just the terminal without X starting? is there an easy way to disable it temporarily (I'm running College Linux 2.5) like in mandrake?

or, how can I make a LILO entry to boot straight to the terminal rather than into X like Mandrake has?

All help is greatly appreciated.
Old 10-18-2004, 12:21 AM   #2
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try running

init 3

in a terminal screen
Old 10-18-2004, 01:33 AM   #3
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Or you could su in.

Surf to /etc

cd /etc
VI inittab

vi inittab
scroll to where it say's id:3:initdefault:

[down arrow]

and change the three to a five


then type

Old 10-18-2004, 08:15 AM   #4
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also try in a terminal:
gedit /etc/inittab
change the run level as indicated above
restart computer.
Old 10-18-2004, 10:35 AM   #5
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scroll down until you see the install Nvidia driver section and follow the steps from there.
Old 10-18-2004, 11:24 AM   #6
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I got it. That's useful to know how to do. Thanks for the help. The drivers wouldn't install though because they aren't compatible with the College Linux Kernel... lol, all of that for nothing. I guess I'll be trying Fedora once it finishes downloading.
Old 10-24-2004, 02:15 AM   #7
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You can recompile the drivers for any kernel with the command --add-this-kernel

You must have the kernel sources installed to do this though.


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