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  1. #1
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    NVidia driver installation


    I am new to Linux, thus please explain how to install the Nvidia Drivers in Knoppix 6.2. I made a hard disc installation and everything
    works fine. But I am not able to install the "" driver.

    Please check the log below and explain in easy words for a newbie what went wrong. It looks like some kernel problems...

    Many thanks!

    nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
    creation time: Sat Nov 21 12:31:00 2009
    installer version: 1.0.7

    option status:
    license pre-accepted : false
    update : false
    force update : false
    expert : false
    uninstall : false
    driver info : false
    precompiled interfaces : true
    no ncurses color : false
    query latest version : false
    OpenGL header files : true
    no questions : false
    silent : false
    no recursion : false
    no backup : false
    kernel module only : false
    sanity : false
    add this kernel : false
    no runlevel check : false
    no network : false
    no ABI note : false
    no RPMs : false
    no kernel module : false
    force SELinux : default
    no X server check : false
    no cc version check : false
    force tls : (not specified)
    X install prefix : (not specified)
    X library install path : (not specified)
    X module install path : (not specified)
    OpenGL install prefix : (not specified)
    OpenGL install libdir : (not specified)
    utility install prefix : (not specified)
    utility install libdir : (not specified)
    doc install prefix : (not specified)
    kernel name : (not specified)
    kernel include path : (not specified)
    kernel source path : (not specified)
    kernel output path : (not specified)
    kernel install path : (not specified)
    proc mount point : /proc
    ui : (not specified)
    tmpdir : /tmp
    ftp mirror :
    RPM file list : (not specified)

    Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
    -> License accepted.
    -> Installing NVIDIA driver version 190.42.
    -> Performing CC sanity check with CC="cc".
    -> Performing CC version check with CC="cc".
    -> Kernel source path: '/lib/modules/'
    -> Kernel output path: '/lib/modules/'
    ERROR: If you are using a Linux 2.4 kernel, please make sure
    you either have configured kernel sources matching your
    kernel or the correct set of kernel headers installed
    on your system.

    If you are using a Linux 2.6 kernel, please make sure
    you have configured kernel sources matching your kernel
    installed on your system. If you specified a separate
    output directory using either the "KBUILD_OUTPUT" or
    the "O" KBUILD parameter, make sure to specify this
    directory with the SYSOUT environment variable or with
    the equivalent nvidia-installer command line option.

    Depending on where and how the kernel sources (or the
    kernel headers) were installed, you may need to specify
    their location with the SYSSRC environment variable or
    the equivalent nvidia-installer 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

  2. #2
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    Aug 2007
    Same problem and error message here. I first tried the easier Debian way of installing NVidia drivers right from the repos, both using the default repo (which brings in the Lenny/Squeeze 173.09) and the -t unstable switch to bring in Sid's 190.42. Just got dependency issues preventing the install. Aptitude wants to install the non-Knoppix customized Debian kernel's and so that dog won't hunt of course. I checked for the usual dependencies (build-essential, linux-headers, etc) and they, like in the previous versions of Knoppix DVD, are already installed. The nvidia-kernel-common package installs fine but as soon as nvidia-kernel-source installation is attempted I get the dependency on Debian kernel's issue. So module-assistant (which does install fine) will not be able to install or use it either. When trying the 173.09 I attempted to install the nvidia-kernel-686 but get the same dependency issues.

    The readme's instructions regarding init 2, inti 5 do not work, only ctrl-alt-F1 brings up a console and running the init command from there leads to the same blinking cursor that running it from KDE's Konsole brings up. There's no KDM at /etc/init.d/kdm to stop for the downloaded driver either. That would get rid of the need to use init 2 to clear the hurdle of a display manager running for the downloaded driver but apparently Knoppix calls KDM something else.

    The nv driver does work just fine for the normal 2D activities but getting the nvidia driver installed opens up worlds of stuff. And the other glitch of the console switch not working disables the ability to edit, get modules loaded, and restart X in the same bootup.

    No idea if these are bugs or intentional, but at least the console restart X stuff looks like it was intended to work like always based upon it being mentioned in the cheatcode readme on the DVD.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2007

    That got me started in getting the nvidia driver installed. I had to use the google translator to get it in English.

    All I did from that post is to make the new kernel source though. The guy is right that the process is lengthy. It took my computer an hour and a half! I used the Debian way to install the drivers from sid afterwards and it worked fine. No need for the nvidia install blob. The Debian maintainer keeps the version in sid pretty up to date so I expect he'll have another update soon since nvidia just updated its official Linux release.

    Once the kernel source is rebuilt:

    I already changed /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/00knopppix to have the default release be testing since the vast majority of knoppix IS squeeze already. If you don't want to do that then add -t testing to the first line below.

    sudo aptitude install nvidia-kernel-common module-assistant

    sudo aptitude install -t unstable nvidia-kernel-source

    That'll bring in a bunch of debian dev tools that I think even the downloaded nvidia installer might need to work properly (meaning the nvidia-kernel-source package). So if you want to install the downloaded nvidia driver I would first run aptitude install -t unstable nvidia-kernel-source and cancel out of it, then write down the packages it wanted to bring along and install them yourself.

    m-a update
    m-a prepare
    m-a build nvidia
    m-a install nvidia

    That skips the m-a get step which m-a a-i includes. I don't want it to get the nvidia source since I already did that and have the version I want m-a to work on.

    aptitude install -t unstable nvidia-glx nvidia-settings

    Then when booting I do:

    knoppix lang=us keyboard=us xkeyboard=us screen=1024x768 depth=24 xmodule=nvidia desktop=kde

    Maybe you just need xmodule=nvidia but that's what I specify for my system.

    No need to work on xorg.conf as those knoppix cheats get nvidia started properly.

    I turned off the KDE4 desktop effects in its settings because although they work, they showed some odd defects compared to how they work on my real Debian Squeeze install. Like, the wobbly windows want to wobble but they're stopped by some other effect of a bracket around the windows when I move them. Plus, I turn that off for games, virualization and wine with alt+F12 even with my real install.

    Weird that knoppix included the linux-headers but left out the parts of it that enabled the building of modules.

    Here's just the commands for the DVD to rebuild them from that post:

    sudo su -
    cd /usr/src
    mv linux-headers- linux-headers-
    tar xjf linux-source-
    ln -s linux-source- linux
    cd linux
    make oldconfig
    make prepare

    Then wait a long time.

    And if you are using the cd then you can get that source from:

    wget http://debian-knoppix.alioth.debian....Custom_all.deb

    And install it with:

    sudo dpkg -i linux-source-

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