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    Howto Install NVIDIA 3D Drivers


    **NOTE** If you are running Ubuntu Linux, this process is neither necessary nor recommended. Instead, go to System->Administration->Hardware Drivers and follow the prompts to install a proper driver for your system.

    I find myself retelling how to manually install the NVIDIA 3D drivers an awful lot. Here's a short tutorial that should work on any distro:

    **Installing the Drivers**

    1. Make sure you have the kernel-sources, gcc and make packages installed.

    2. Download the latest driver from Nvidia's site

    3. Go into runlevel 3 (no GUI). This can be acheived several ways:

    a) By typing CTRL+ALT+F1(or F2-F6), then logging in as root and typing init 3

    b) By typing a 3 at the GRUB boot prompt.

    c) By editing your /etc/inittab. See below for details.

    d) Debian/Ubuntu users may need to use /etc/init.d/gdm stop instead.

    4. Log in as root user, if you aren't already.

    5. Find the driver you just downloaded and run it using something like sh NVIDIA-1.0.8174.run

    6. If it gives you any of the errors below, ignore them and continue:

    a) It warns you about rivafb support.
    b) It tells you it can't find a precompiled kernel module off the Nvidia website.

    7. Stay logged in as root and type modprobe nvidia

    NOTE:As of version 8174 of the Nvidia driver, you no longer need to manually edit your xorg.conf file. Skip steps 8 and 9 if you are installing this version or newer.

    8. Edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf in the section marked "Devices" that looks something like this:
    Code:
    Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Nvidia Geforce 2"
        Driver      "nv"
    9. Change the "nv" line to "nvidia"

    NOTE: Some distributions use XFree86 instead of X.org. The steps are the same, you're simply editing a different file: the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file.

    10. Log out as root, and back in as a regular user, then type startx

    11. If you see the Nvidia logo flash then you're done. If not your X Windows will error out. Start a thread, post the errors, and we'll try and help you from there.


    **Editing your /etc/inittab**
    Some distributions require you to edit your /etc/inittab file in order to boot in to non-graphical mode, which is required in order to install the Nvidia drivers. Here is how you do it:

    1. Log in as root user from a console window by typing su and your root (administrator) password when it prompts you.

    2. Open up your /etc/inittab file with a simple text editor. Any one will do but I like pico, so for example purposes that's what I'll use:
    Code:
    pico /etc/inittab
    3. Look for a line that looks something like this:
    Code:
    id:5:initdefault
    4. Change the 5 to a 3

    5. Save the file and reboot.

    6. Once Linux goes through its regular boot screens you should be greeted with a simple text login screen. Continue from step 4 above.


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    Last edited by techieMoe; 05-08-2009 at 07:59 PM.
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