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    Drivers for Nvidia xfx 6600gt


    Thanks for the response I have a Nvidia xfx 6600gt coming and I looked on Nvidia page to install drivers and I read a couple of confusing install pages and at the end it had a hypertext that said ,read me,So I hit it and it went to a set of directions that was just a little smaller than War and Peace. If I run into those type of problems, my new 6600 will not get up and running. Can someone give me a few words of hope?

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    Use the default package tool for your Linux distribution to install video drivers if they can be found in your distro's repositories. That will usually be the easiest way to install them.

    I'm not sure what distro you plan to run the new card on but in the case of Ubuntu, I think they still use a special option in the system menu to enable and download proprietary drivers. I've not run the last few Ubuntu releases so can't say for sure that it still works that way, but maybe another user will confirm, or correct.
    Last edited by oz; 02-19-2011 at 04:57 AM. Reason: added bit about ubuntu
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozar View Post
    Use the default package tool for your Linux distribution to install video drivers if they can be found in your distro's repositories. That will usually be the easiest way to install them.

    I'm not sure what distro you plan to run the new card on but in the case of Ubuntu, I think they still use a special option in the system menu to enable and download proprietary drivers. I've not run the last few Ubuntu releases so can't say for sure that it still works that way, but maybe another user will confirm, or correct.
    I can confirm that. I've not had any problems using that to install nvidia drivers.

    It'd certainly help to know what distro you are using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozar View Post
    Use the default package tool for your Linux distribution to install video drivers if they can be found in your distro's repositories. That will usually be the easiest way to install them.

    I'm not sure what distro you plan to run the new card on but in the case of Ubuntu, I think they still use a special option in the system menu to enable and download proprietary drivers. I've not run the last few Ubuntu releases so can't say for sure that it still works that way, but maybe another user will confirm, or correct.
    Is that the program(default package tool)that is on the Nvidia driver page at Nvidia to help download the drivers. Is the distro(whats a distro) the drivers for linux 260.19.36 updated on 1/21/2011 or am I supposed look find special drivers for Ubunt10.10

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbander View Post
    Is that the program(default package tool)that is on the Nvidia driver page at Nvidia to help download the drivers. Is the distro(whats a distro) the drivers for linux 260.19.36 updated on 1/21/2011 or am I supposed look find special drivers for Ubunt10.10
    Ubuntu used to use aptitude or apt as its default package tool. Not sure if that's still the case, but here's a nice HowTo for installing software under Ubuntu:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingSoftware

    Synaptic makes package installation very easy under Ubuntu, too:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SynapticHowto

    Of course, for video drivers under Ubuntu, I'd still recommend the method described for it in post #2 and confirmed in post #3 above.

    "Distro" is the shortened term for distribution. You can find more about Linux distributions here:

    Linux distribution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    lucky you

    Just took a quick look and Ubuntu has a nice HowTo for installing video drivers as well:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto
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    Installing video drivers for NVIDIA 6600gt

    I have downloaded the drivers from NVIDIA ----NVIDIA-Linux-x86-260.19.36.run----It's for my Nvidia 6600gt APG 8x-- I'm using Ubuntu10.10. How do I get them installed, is there a way that my "additional drivers" program could download it somehow. I have been using Linux for 10 days, so my knowledge is limited. The drivers that are in my "additional drivers" program don't work. Freezes and black screen.

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    Could you post the output of this
    Code:
    lspci | grep -i vga
    grep -i driver /etc/X11/xorg.conf
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    Quote Originally Posted by devils casper View Post
    Could you post the output of this
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    lspci | grep -i vga
    grep -i driver /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    jbander@ubuntujon:~$ lspci | grep -i vga
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV43 [GeForce 6600 GT] (rev a2)
    jbander@ubuntujon:~$ grep -i driver /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    grep: /etc/X11/xorg.conf: No such file or directory
    jbander@ubuntujon:~$

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    First, you need to boot or telinit into non-gui mode (runlevel 3). Then, login as root and install the nVidia driver via its installation script (ends in .run). After it installs successfully, switch back to GUI mode (runlevel 5).
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
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