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njfife 05-28-2009 01:20 PM

Problem installing Nvidia 180.51 drivers for Nvidia Quadro 290
I run it in the terminal, and it gives me the error:

"Nvidia-Installer must be run as root"

Help me understand what that means and what it wants me to do.

BTW, I have learned more about a computer actually works in the last few days figuring out Linux, then in my whole life (which is not that long) any help understanding or tangent explanations are welcome

sycamorex 05-28-2009 01:23 PM

You need to log in as root (which means 'administrator').When you installed your linux it must have asked you
to specify the root password.
To log in as root, you need to type:

and then type your root password (you won't see any characters on the screen). Once you've typed your password, type enter.
The prompt in the terminal should change from '$' to '#'.

njfife 05-28-2009 01:40 PM

Okay it ran but now I get this error? what is X Server?

ERROR: You appear to be running an X server; please exit X before
installing. For further details, please see the section INSTALLING
THE NVIDIA DRIVER in the README available on the Linux driver
download page at

sycamorex 05-28-2009 03:45 PM

What distribution of linux are you running? If it is fedora/centos you need to type:

init 3
If you use ubuntu/kubuntu/debian, etc.

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
It will exit 'X' which is the graphical environment. You'll be left with pure command line and then you can install

thorkelljarl 05-28-2009 05:52 PM

I assume you might not have this...

This is the README in step 3 of the page from Nvidia describing the Nvidia 180.51 driver.

The page:


As described, the command "init 3" will stop X and put you in a console. When you have installed the driver, use the command "startx" then the command "init 5" to start the X window system and return to a desktop.

lalith011 05-26-2011 01:57 AM

in continuity to njfife post
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Actually I am also new the LINUX and now I had to install the NVIDIA QUADRO FX 4000 series drivers. I had gone through the same process in installing the .run file, but it did not work the error what i got is:

ERROR: The kernel you are installing for is a Xen kernel!

The NVIDIA driver does not currently work on Xen kernels. If
you are using a stock distribution kernel, please install
a variant of this kernel without Xen support; if this is a
custom kernel, please install a standard Linux kernel. Then
try installing the NVIDIA kernel module again.

I am with 2.6.18-238.9.1.el5xen. I also attached the .log file developed.

Please help me out to Fix this..I will be thankful to all of you....

John VV 05-26-2011 02:54 AM

you might want to start a new thread and NOT use a two year old thread

is this a RHEL5.? ( 5 point something install )
if so ask red hat -- you are paying them

if this is CentOS then only the current CentOS 5.6 is supported
and if cent did you look on the wiki?
-- warning -- very old --but should still work

lalith011 05-26-2011 04:45 AM

really it is old...
Yes john as stated by you it is the old link. Any how lemme explain you what problem I encountered..?

when i use command cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-270.41.19/usr/src/nv The error reported was NO such file or directory.
cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-270.41.19/usr/src/nv
But when I extracted the .run file i found a kernel folder supplied by nvidia. Finally I can conclude that i had to create kernel for my drivers installation which will not be operated under xen environment. Please help me out this to create such a type of kernel

Thank you

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