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I have an old iMac G4 PowerPC computer that is running Debian Sqeeze. I have tried many times following the instructions on the debian wiki to install the 96xx graphics ...
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    I have an old iMac G4 PowerPC computer that is running Debian Sqeeze. I have tried many times following the instructions on the debian wiki to install the 96xx graphics driver for the GeForce 2 MX card. Unfortunately, every time I get to the step that where I enter m-a auto-install nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx-source I get an error message saying that it will not download. It points me in the direction of making sure that I have the non-free sources enabled, which it seems that I do. I'm not sure what's going on, or if it can be fixed.

    Also, will Debian support the PowerPC wireless cards? I'm not sure which company makes them (Aethos, Broadcom, etc), and I wanted to make sure they will work before getting one.

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    Post the output of:
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    cat /etc/apt/sources.list
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    Output is:

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    # deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.5 _Squeeze_ - Official powerpc NETINST Binary-1 20120512-20:49]/ squeeze main

    # deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.5 _Squeeze_ - Official powerpc NETINST Binary-1 20120512-20:49]/ squeeze main

    deb htp://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free
    deb-src htp://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free

    deb htp://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main contrib non-free
    deb-src htp://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main contrib non-free

    # squeeze-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
    deb htp://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ squeeze-updates main
    deb-src htp://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ squeeze-updates main



    I deleted a t in the https so it would let me post the output.
    Here's the message displayed after failure to auto-install:

    Installation of the nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx-source source failed.
    Ignoring this package. Maybe you need to add something to sources.list, maybe the contrib and non-free archives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hevlic View Post
    Installation of the nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx-source source failed.
    Ignoring this package. Maybe you need to add something to sources.list, maybe the contrib and non-free archives.
    Have you tried this?
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    Have you tried the DKMS method which has worked for me on cards as varied as an old FX500GO to the reasonably modern GeForce GT 320. It has the additional advantage that the drivers are updated automatically when the kernel is.

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    Doesn't seem like there's a DKMS for legacy 96xx drivers.

    I'm not sure what I need to add/modify on the sources.list. Looking at it it seems that both the contrib and non-free archives are already there and active.

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    Not sure if you looked at this thread yet.

    Debian User Forums • View topic - [Solved] Installing nvidia driver error

    Edit: you might want to look into using sgfxi script to installing nvidia also

    http://smxi.org/docs/sgfxi-manual.htm
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