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I reinstalled Debian, this time it's for AMD64. I know there was a way to apt-get the install. I followed techieMoe's install and get nothing but errors. I did apt-get ...
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    I'm fed up! (nvidia install)


    I reinstalled Debian, this time it's for AMD64. I know there was a way to apt-get the install. I followed techieMoe's install and get nothing but errors. I did apt-get install kernel-source-2.6.8 make and gcc are the newest versions. I init 1 and sh the file. I get a few steps in to find out there is no procompiled source, and the installer can't compile one. WTF! I'm sure it's user error.
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    Maybe you con post the errors you get?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dylunio
    Maybe you con post the errors you get?
    First I get a runlevel 1 quit installation now?

    -no

    License

    -accept

    no precompiled kernel interface was found, would you like installer to download a kernel interface for your kernel from NVIDIA ftp site?

    -yes

    No matching precompiled kernel interface was found this means the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for your kernel

    -ok

    ERROR: unable to find kernel source tree for the currently running kernel. Please make sure you have installed the kernel source files for your kernel.

    -ok

    ERROR: Installation failed........

    -ok


    After that I return to prompt.
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    You probably don't have your kernel-source package installed. There's a command to install it with apt-get... I just don't remember the syntax.

    You could also use apt-get to install the nvidia drivers:
    Code:
    apt-get install nvidia-glx nvidia-driver
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    Quote Originally Posted by techieMoe
    You probably don't have your kernel-source package installed. There's a command to install it with apt-get... I just don't remember the syntax.

    You could also use apt-get to install the nvidia drivers:
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    apt-get install nvidia-glx nvidia-driver
    That I don't have
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    There were only three things I did prior to installing the nvidia driver:

    1. Installed/Extracted the kernel-source
    # apt-get install kernel-source-`uname -r`
    Untar the package in the /usr/src/ directory.

    2. Installed the applicable kernel-headers
    # apt-get install kernel-headers-`uname -r`

    3. Made a 'linux' symlink to the kernel-source path in /usr/src
    # cd /usr/src/
    # ln -s /usr/src/kernel-source-2.x.y linux

    Then just follow the README at the nVidia download page.
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    COKE CAN: If you're still stuck on this there is a much easier way to install the Ndivia driver on Debian without having to recompile the kernel.

    Quote Originally Posted by fpmchu
    Sorry to interrupt, but since you're using Debian you might want to install Debian's nvidia package rather than the NVIDIA one. It simplifies the process quite a bit. Here's a useful link.

    http://home.comcast.net/~andrex/Debi...tallation.html

    If you have never recompiled your kernel before, then the header files you download should already be the same as your configuration. I highly doubt that you need to recompile a kernel just to install some video drivers; last time I did it using the NVIDIA installer I just needed to download kernel-headers. But I may be wrong...

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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Joe
    There were only three things I did prior to installing the nvidia driver:

    1. Installed/Extracted the kernel-source
    # apt-get install kernel-source-`uname -r`
    Untar the package in the /usr/src/ directory.

    2. Installed the applicable kernel-headers
    # apt-get install kernel-headers-`uname -r`

    3. Made a 'linux' symlink to the kernel-source path in /usr/src
    # cd /usr/src/
    # ln -s /usr/src/kernel-source-2.x.y linux

    Then just follow the README at the nVidia download page.

    Exactly, you "must" have the appropriate kernel-headers installed.

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    Strangely (based upon the posts on this subject), I've had much less trouble installing nVidia drivers on my Debian system than most others. In Slackware, you do have to recompile the 2.6 kernel provided in 'testing'. The method I mentioned has always worked. I've also tried the nvidia-glx way and it also did nicely, but IMO it is a bit more complicated and certainly more steps are involved.
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    I have actually found the nv driver much more stable, and never install the proprietary one..... of course I don't play games
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