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I am having trouble installing Nvidia drivers for my 260

Postby MissouriKnight on Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:49 pm

I am a new user of Linux. I am using the latest Linux Mint. I downloaded the driver (177.80) for my Geforce 260, followed the instructions and ran it, and an error window popped up stating I was using an X Server, and I needed to refer to the readme file about that. I did, and could make no sense of what I am supposed to do.
Can anyone help me with this?
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Re: I am having trouble installing Nvidia drivers for my 260

Postby sangaya on Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:30 pm

Sure thing.

1. Make sure that you have your Kernel Headers installed and the ability to compile
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sudo apt-get install build-essential


2. Log out of your session so that you're looking at the login screen

3. Press Ctrl-Alt-F2. This will take you to a command line login screen

4. Login

5. Stop the XServer
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sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop


6. run the nVidia installer where <NVIDIA Filename> is the name of the file you downloaded. In my case this was NVIDIA-Linux-x86-177.82-pkg1.run
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sudo sh <NVIDIA Filename>


7. Start the XServer
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 sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start


8. Press Ctrl-Alt-F7. This will take you to the login screen.

9. Login and run the new nVidia X Server Settings tool under System Tools

Hope this helps!
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Re: I am having trouble installing Nvidia drivers for my 260

Postby MissouriKnight on Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:09 am

Thank you for the quick and thorough reply!

Unfortunately, it did not work. After I executed the command to restart XServer, the screen went black and the system hung. I restarted the computer in safety mode, and redid the x config file from that window. I could then reboot and get back into Linux. I tried using the Nvidia XServer Settings tool, but it told me I did not have a correct X config file. It stated: "You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just run `nvidia-xconfig` as root), and restart the X server."

I went to my terminal window, and typed sudo nvidia-xconfig, and then rebooted, but then the system hangs after a black screen appears after the Linux Mint loading indicator finishes. I am now faces with another safety mode and x config repair.

Any other ideas?
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Re: I am having trouble installing Nvidia drivers for my 260

Postby newW2 on Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:50 am

Was looking around in the early hours and found this on the Ubuntu forums:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php? ... nv+GTX+260
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Re: I am having trouble installing Nvidia drivers for my 260

Postby Guest on Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:18 pm

My knowledge of Linux is very sparse, so I could not understand what that post was saying.

I did perform the three steps the writer summarized, but Linux responded with replies that indicated it did not recognize the commands.

Is there anything else I might do?
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Re: I am having trouble installing Nvidia drivers for my 260

Postby MissouriKnight on Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:13 pm

My knowledge of Linux is very sparse, so I could not understand what that post was saying.

I did perform the three steps the writer summarized, but Linux responded with replies that indicated it did not recognize the commands.

Is there anything else I might do?
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Re: I am having trouble installing Nvidia drivers for my 260

Postby MissouriKnight on Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:38 pm

I think my level of understanding is too low for this board. I have not received the help for which I was looking.

I found a good build with Fedora 10. It allows me to use my video card.

Thanks one and all for your attempts to be helpful.
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