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Old 07-15-2010, 10:09 PM
Billie Walsh
 
Default SOLVED - NVIDIA Driver Install

I forgot to put "Solved" in the Subject

On 07/15/2010 04:51 PM, Billie Walsh wrote:
> On 07/15/2010 01:58 PM, Ric Moore wrote:
>
>> On Thu, 2010-07-15 at 12:48 -0400, Bruce Marshall wrote:
>>
>>
>>> On Thursday, July 15, 2010, Billie Walsh wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>> "Installation instructions: Once you have downloaded the driver, change
>>>> to the directory containing the driver package and install the driver by
>>>> running, as root, sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-256.35-pkg2.run". I have to edit
>>>> the instruction to reflect the actual file name,
>>>> NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-256.35.run.
>>>>
>>>> The file is in my "Downloads" directory so I used Dolphin to open the
>>>> directory and then open a terminal in that directory. I checked the "Is
>>>> Executable" box in the permissions also. When I try to execute the file
>>>> I get an error message that says I'm running "x server", whatever that
>>>> is, and I should exit before running the file. I'm not sure what it
>>>> means [ OK, I'm a dummy ]. Does that mean that somehow I need to boot
>>>> into command line and run it somehow from there?
>>>>
>>>>
>>> You really can't update or change a video driver while you are currently
>>> running a video driver. That's what you were trying to do.
>>>
>>> The "x server" is the video package that runs your desktop video and it will
>>> use a video driver that works with whatever video card you have.
>>>
>>> What you need to do is to run the .run from a stand-alone terminal session.
>>> This can be done by using:
>>>
>>> ctl-alt-<f-key> as in ctl-alt-f3
>>>
>>> and that will get you to a REAL terminal session.
>>>
>>> Then:
>>>
>>> /etc/init.d/kdm stop (assuming your running kdm)
>>>
>>> (or gdm if the above doesn't seem to work)
>>>
>>> and then run your .run file. To run the file, you will have to give it
>>> execution flags as in chmod +x<path to .run file>/<name of .run file>
>>>
>>> but it might also work if you just issue: sh<path to .run file>/<name of
>>> .run file>
>>>
>>> Those are the basics.
>>>
>>> When you've done all that successfully, then:
>>>
>>> /etc/init.d/kdm start
>>>
>>>
>> I did that for years. But, system/hardware_drivers did the trick for me.
>> Then you don't have anything floating loose from outside the "standard"
>> install. The less I dink with my system, the better off I am. Ric
>>
>>
> Gee whiz, why would anyone look for an easy way to do something when
> there's a hard way. *<]D
>
> That was just almost to easy.
>
> Thanks Bruce and Ric.
>
>


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