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hello fellas, i was trying to install nVIDIA's drivers downloaded from their site directly, so i typed: sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run then it started a new DOS-Like windows that wrote something about ...
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    nVIDIA Drivers & X Server Problem.


    hello fellas,
    i was trying to install nVIDIA's drivers downloaded from their site directly, so i typed:

    sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run

    then it started a new DOS-Like windows that wrote something about:

    you have the X Server running, installation failure, please shut down the X Server to be able to install the drivers...

    so how i can shut down the f***ing thing? 'coz i need to install those drivers -this is something i have learned from windows which is: do NOT ever count on the OS drivers, find the manufacturer drivers!

    help guys?
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    which distro / version?

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    RH9.

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    XT,

    can you post the contents of your /etc/inittab file please.

    Jason

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    hey Jason,
    actually no i cannot, coz my linux doesn't seem to see my modem and now i am inside my winXP, it is quite a bit annoying to change between systems to get to the internet...
    the manuafacturer site says no linux support, and i have read your FAQs and i know now that it might be a controllerless or winmodem... so no hope i think.
    thanks for your quick replies.

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    ok, what i was looking for in the file, was a comment at the top that says something like <number> - multiuser mode, and a line like <number> - X11

    Once you have those 2 numbers, open a terminal window, type "init <multiuser number here>" to close X and go into console only mode.

    You then run sh filename.bin to install the nvidia driver, then either reboot if necessary or run "init <X11 Number>" to return to X.

    Jason

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    okay, okay wait a second...
    i am a newbie here and this is my 5th or 6th day using linux so please dive into details, k?
    what i understood is that i have to go to /etc/inittab and open it (Kate?) then i would check for <number=A> - multiuser mode (comment) and <number=B> - X11 (line), right till now? okay.

    now i should open terminal (where? root? or just a user? '/'?) and type:
    init <number=A>
    to close X Server, then i can istall the drivers? and i don't care about rebooting it is okay, but if don't wanna reboot just type init <number=B> right?

    okay thanx i got it - LOL
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    hey Jason,
    i went there and found:
    2 - multiuser
    5 - X11
    so i opened the Terminal and typed:
    su (then password)
    init 2
    it says: unknown command
    then "init 2", INIT 2 and it said unknown command for all these, any suggestions?

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    "su -"

    remember the - and it should work, all paths updated etc

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    xt2k, do the following:

    * physically log in as root
    * open a terminal window and type 'init 3'
    * this will dump you in text mode and stop the xserver
    * cd to the directory with the driver file
    * tpye 'sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496-pkg2.run'
    * follow the installer instructions
    * type 'startx' to restart the xserver
    * using nautilus find the XFree86 file (/etc/X11/ I think?)
    * edit this using the editor suggested by nautilus
    * change the occurence of 'nv' with 'nvidia'
    * save
    * log out and back in as user and you should see the nVidia splash screen

    That's the way I did it using as little of the command line as possible

    post back if you need more help.
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