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Old 11-03-2004, 11:57 PM   #1
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nVidia TNT Vanta 64

has anyone had any luck installing this video card under debian Sarge or Woody?

I went to nVidias linux site and download the file that is supposed to work with all versions of linux, however it does not work for me?!?

This is the third card I have tried with no luck at all installing drivers:
Card 1 was a s3 Trio card
Card 2 was a Voodoo Banshee
Card 3 is this nVidia

Is there something special I need to do other than run xf86config to install these?

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Old 11-04-2004, 01:22 AM   #2
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What exactly did you do? What do you mean by running xf86config?

I haven't tried installing the nvidia drivers under debian, but I have on quite a few other distros. This is what I do.

1.) I download the current nvidia driver

2.) I exit the x window, I have a round about way of doing this but this is the way I prefer.

vi /etc/inittab
I change the default runlevel to 3.

:wq |enter|
Then I reboot.

Then I cd into the directory that I placed the nvidia package in.

cd /directory
Then I run the nvidia package

sh nvidia.what.ever.release
Then I EDIT my xf86 file.

vi /etc/X11/xf86conf
I change nv or vesa under the monitor section (I believe) to nvidia

Then I startx

Old 11-04-2004, 08:59 PM   #3
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when I run:
sh nvidia.what.ever.release

I always get that it cannot find a precompiled kernal for my computer. And asks me if I want to go to the ftp site... since I do not have Internet Access on the Linux box yet, I cannot install it.

How do I determine which one I need to download from the FTP site? I have access to it from this computer.

Any Ideas?

- Richard Hankins
Old 11-05-2004, 05:49 AM   #4
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you need to install the source of the kernel that you are currently running and when asked to go on the web to download a precompiled kernel, choose the option not to go on the web and hopefully your installation will continue. I use a similar card and it has worked fine with Debian based distros such as Mepis, Knoppix and Ubuntu.


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