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NVIDIA Driver

Postby nedeljko on Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:22 pm

I dont know if this question should be in Newbie section but since I'm relative newbie to linux...Anyway ..heres the problem ..there are thousands of topics of this theme all over the internet. I have Toshiba Satellite P750(corei5 2410m, GeForce 540M, 8 GB DDR3..) and I have Win 7 and Linux Mint Debian 201109 Gnome edition. I wanted to install my video driver but ..when i use sh NVIDI-Linux-x86_64-280.13.run ..it says that i have to stop x server ..ok ..i used pkill to stop it ..I logged in as root tried to install driver and then ...My gcc version appeared to be 4.6 and it cant compile nvidia driver written using version 4.4 or something like that..Then i tried to install 4.4 version ...removed gcc 4.6 installed 4.4 but it seems that it cant be removed...version 4.6 sill there..then i used instructions from a Debian site(i cant locate it now)...installed nvidia kernel...and other stuff..then ...since there was no xorg.conf file...i created a new one and wrote the text provided on the site in it..saved it .....then it was time to restart x server ..user service gdm3 stop to stop it .rebooted pc ..tried to run it with service gdm3 start ..got a blank page with a blinking minus ..used alt+ctrl+del to restart pc ...tried to start x server with start x ..but i got an error saying something like The x server cannot start...To avoid complications with repairing i will install system again ....i just need to know how to install NVIDIA driver
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Re: NVIDIA Driver

Postby zerozero on Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:38 pm

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Re: NVIDIA Driver

Postby proxima_centauri on Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:08 pm

* Moved to LMDE forum
I had the same problem with blinking cursor until I followed the instructions from my post on the link shown above by zerozero.
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Re: NVIDIA Driver

Postby nedeljko on Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:00 am

It doesnt work ..I cant dowload requered packges ...terminal says it cant fetch some archives ...
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Re: NVIDIA Driver

Postby twa on Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:16 am

nedeljko,
always used smxi/sgfxi and never had problems installing NVidia drivers:
http://smxi.org/
http://smxi.org/site/install.htm
read well the documentation and
once U have learned how to use it, it is very simple to use
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Re: NVIDIA Driver

Postby zerozero on Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:17 am

if you don't specify the error is not easy for us to help you;

what pkgs can't be d/l?
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Re: NVIDIA Driver

Postby nedeljko on Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:56 pm

Problem is none of this nvidia-kernel-dkms nvidia-glx build-essential nvidia-settings nvidia-xconfig packages cant be dowlnloaded ...@twa ..what is this smxi used for??? ...and how to use it ....
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Re: NVIDIA Driver

Postby zerozero on Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:28 pm

try this
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sudo apt-get update
enter password, hit enter
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sudo apt-get nvidia-kernel-dkms nvidia-glx build-essential nvidia-settings nvidia-xconfig
enter password, hit enter( if it's a card listed here )
or
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sudo apt-get nvidia-kernel-legacy-173xx-dkms nvidia-glx-legacy-173xx build-essential
nvidia-settings nvidia-xconfig
enter password, hit enter ( if it's a card listed here )

in any case copy-paste the output here (i can't believe your system can't install those pkgs)
anyway, you can also provide us the output of
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inxi -r
to better see what's going on
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Re: NVIDIA Driver

Postby ElderDryas on Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:35 am

I will start out by saying that I have NO problem with my nVidia driver, installing or using.

I have always used http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers to install the driver, and with the exception of one time when I did not cut-n-paste correctly, I have never had a problem. Now I find (in the forums) several threads indicating that I should have used the instructions at http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/331 .

My question(s) is/are: 1) What is the functional difference between the two sets of instructions? ; and 2) Would I be better off removing the driver(s) that I have installed and working and using the LM specific instructions or just waiting until the next I break things and have to re-install to use them?

TIA
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Re: NVIDIA Driver

Postby monkeyboy on Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:22 am

ElderDryas wrote:I will start out by saying that I have NO problem with my nVidia driver, installing or using.

I have always used http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers to install the driver, and with the exception of one time when I did not cut-n-paste correctly, I have never had a problem. Now I find (in the forums) several threads indicating that I should have used the instructions at http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/331 .

My question(s) is/are: 1) What is the functional difference between the two sets of instructions? ; and 2) Would I be better off removing the driver(s) that I have installed and working and using the LM specific instructions or just waiting until the next I break things and have to re-install to use them?

TIA


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Re: NVIDIA Driver

Postby proxima_centauri on Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:06 pm

monkeyboy wrote:My question(s) is/are: 1) What is the functional difference between the two sets of instructions? ; and 2) Would I be better off removing the driver(s) that I have installed and working and using the LM specific instructions or just waiting until the next I break things and have to re-install to use them?

I don't think any of the information would be different. The Debian wiki has an insane amount of information and installation techniques, which I believe to be confusing to newcomers. The instructions on the community site give a quick solution.
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