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Old 05-31-2004, 07:28 PM   #1
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Simple dumb question

ok i need to install new drivers for my Nvidia Video card, but it wont let me do it in any form of "X" windows how do i boot to just the command promp so i can install this ???
Old 05-31-2004, 07:35 PM   #2
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You can always use CTRL-ALT-F3 ( or F4, F5, F6) to get you straight to a terminal session which is essentially the command line.

Old 05-31-2004, 07:42 PM   #3
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ok i did that went right to the command prompt looking think i type the install line for the Nvidia drivers and it said " you appear to be running a "X" window please exit before installing .... exiting ..........
Old 05-31-2004, 09:11 PM   #4
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No problem. If you are logged in as root, just type in

init 3
That will kill x. Then install the drivers. When you get that done, type in

init 5
That will bring X back up. If you have changed the driver in XF86Config-4, you should see the white screen.

That help??

edit: forgot the -4 for the config. Been using Gentoo a while.

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Old 05-31-2004, 09:23 PM   #5
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Here is a good post to figure out how to install the drivers. I wish that I had this when I was trying it.

I have struggled with the Nvidia drivers for hours, but I did get it. I hope it goes well for you.

Take care--


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