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  1. #1

    nvidia-glx and nvidia-kernel...

    hey all,

    i want to install nvidia-glx for Gefore4MX440. I folowed the hOWTO on this website but there is a problem, look

    i have:
    nvidia-kernel-2.6.15-1-586tsc (version 1.0.7174+4-2.6)

    i want to install:
    nvidia-glx (version 1.0.8178-2 ->> because version 1.0.7174+4-2.6 gives an error,can't install at all)
    + nvidia-glx-dev
    BUT, this will automaticly install nvidia-kernel-2.6.15-1-486 (version1.0.8178)

    should i downgrade ? Will it affect other applications ? please help

  2. #2
    Linux Guru antidrugue's Avatar
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    Oct 2005
    Montreal, Canada
    Only the latest version of NVIDIA drivers will work on such a new kernel.

    The HOW-TO by TechieMoe is there for you (uninstall any previous driver first):

    On Debian, it will differ a little:
    -to switch to "init 3", you don't type:
    init 3
    /etc/init.d/gdm stop
    instead (if you use "gdm").

    Anyway, i doubt you will experience any benefits with the NVIDIA drivers on such an old video card.
    "To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the 'old', you derive security; from the 'new', you gain the flow."

    -Bruce Lee

  3. #3
    kernel at the moment: 2.6.15-1-586tsc
    and nvidia-kernel-2.6.15-1-586tsc

    so i tried the newest nVidia driver 1.0.8178, but i can't install them, i get errors

    Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
    -> License accepted.
    -> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you li
       ke the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your kernel f
       rom the NVIDIA ftp site ( (Answer: Yes)
    -> No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site;
       this means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for
       your kernel.
    -> Performing CC test with CC="cc".
    ERROR: Unable to find the kernel source tree for the currently running kernel. 
           Please make sure you have installed the kernel source files for your
           kernel and that they are properly configured; on Red Hat Linux systems,
           for example, be sure you have the 'kernel-source' RPM installed.  If you
           know the correct kernel source files are installed, you may specify the
           kernel source path with the '--kernel-source-path' command line option.
    ERROR: Installation has failed.  Please see the file
           '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details.  You may find suggestions
           on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux
           driver download page at
    please help. Do i have to install nvidia-kernel-2.x.x.486 and remove nvidia-kernel-2.x.x.586tsc (Downgrade) ? Will it affect other programs ?

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    Linux Guru techieMoe's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    Looks like you just need to install the kernel-source package for your currently-running kernel. You should be able to find it using apt-get or synaptic.

    antidrugue - thanks for that line. I've added it to my tutorial.
    Last edited by techieMoe; 04-06-2006 at 03:47 PM.
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