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Old 05-03-09, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default Error installing instrumented driver

I'm trying to install an instrumented driver in ubuntu 9.04. I have uninstalled the default ubuntu drivers, and installed the appropriate linux-source-* and linux-headers-* packages for my thing.

However, when I run the installer, it gives me an error. This is the log (scroll to the end for error):

nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Sun May  3 13:59:31 2009

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.
-> There appears to already be a driver installed on your system (version: 177.
   61.02).  As part of installing this driver (version: 173.13), the existing d
   river will be uninstalled.  Are you sure you want to continue? ('no' will ab
   ort installation) (Answer: Yes)
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you li
   ke the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your kernel f
   rom the NVIDIA ftp site ( (Answer: Yes)
ERROR: Unable to connect to (unknown host)
-> No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site;
   this means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for
   your kernel.
-> Performing CC sanity check with CC="cc".
-> Performing CC version check with CC="cc".
-> Kernel source path: '/lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/build'
-> Kernel output path: '/lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/build'
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
It seems to not be able to find kernel sources.

However, the directory its searching in /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/build is a symlink to /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.28-11-generic , which contains the appropriate sources. There is a seperate package linux-source-*, but I don't know what's the difference, and I installed it as I mentioned above.

I have not yet tried to install a generic driver for my system, which I will try and post the results back again. Installing the generic driver from the ubuntu website worked using earlier versions of linux, so maybe it's a compatibility issue in the instrumented driver with my 8800gt? I'd really love to use things like gDEBugger and BuGLe for debugging my game, and would hate to have to port and run in Windows to test performance.

nVidia 8800GT
Ubuntu 9.04

uname -r:

More information, I got perfkit from for 32-bit linux and and using the driver included. Also, I don't have the 177.61.02 driver installed in my system, I have the newest one provided by ubuntu (180.something).

It works when I use the normal driver *.run package: the kernel interface begins to build. So its definitely either a hardware support thing or some other issue.

Is the 8800gt supported for use with the instrumented nVidia driver?
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