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Old 07-18-2001, 06:05 AM   #1
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Quick ?

I'm trying to install nvidia drivers which I see from other questions is a whole lotta fun. any whay here's the quick view of the instructions that I followed:
To install from tar file, unpack each file:
$ tar xzf NVIDIA_kernel.tar.gz
$ tar xzf NVIDIA_GLX.tar.gz
cd into the NVIDIA_kernel directory. Type 'make install'. This will
compile the kernel interface to the NVdriver, link the NVdriver, copy
the NVdriver into place, and attempt to insert the NVdriver into the
running kernel:
$ cd NVIDIA_kernel
$ make install
Next, move into the NVIDIA_GLX directory. Type 'make install' -- this
will copy the files into place:
$ cd ../NVIDIA_GLX
$ make install
Note that the "make install" for each package will remove any previously
installed NVIDIA drivers.

Everything worked fine until I had to type 'make install'. I got some kind of error like bad command. Could someone tell me why? I've seen several other postings on how to install these drivers and all instruct you to type this. Just wondered why it wouldn't work for me.
Old 07-18-2001, 08:38 AM   #2
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Try posting the exact error message you get.


Old 07-18-2001, 12:55 PM   #3
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Although you can (and should) ./config and make as a regualr user, you need to be root or have root privs to run the final 'make install'.
Old 07-18-2001, 03:21 PM   #4
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on the nvidia packages, just running make does the make and the install, there's no ./config script.

if you're running into a compile error, then you might need to re-download the packages... but if it's giving you an error about not being able to install links, then that's common with the nvidia packages. you have to do that manually, but it's pretty easy.

i think i've already seen every error the nvidia packages can throw at you - just be sure to give us the exact error message that it's producing.
Old 07-19-2001, 06:15 AM   #5
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Cool Success

Just wanted to report my success with installing nvidia drivers. This was my first attempt to install anything on Linux. I never could get the .tar.gz files to work so I reversed everything I did trying to install them and tried the .rpm files from the root directory. I was up and running in 5 minutes. Thanks to all who offered advice, and I can assure you I'll be back!


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