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Old 05-24-09, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default unable to make Nvidia drivers work.

I am a Linux and Ubuntu newbie, and I appreciate any assitance that can be provided.

I am running Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04) server. Kernel 2.6.28-11.
With the ubuntu-desktop (gnome) installed
When I follow the instructions on this forum to install the 180.51 drivers, using
sudo sh

I get the message:"no precompiled kernel interface was found"

"No matching precompiled kernel was found on the NVIDIA ftp site that means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for your kernel:

Then it says:
"Unable to find the kernel source tree for the currently running kernel"

"Installation has failed."
The above is from the /var/log/nvidia-installer.log

I have also tried using the Ubuntu hardware drivers GUI, with no sucess.

Question 1:
are the NVIDIA drivers compatible with the Server kernel?

Question 2:
there is a pkg0, pkg1, and pkg2 driver file, what is the difference between them and which should be used when?

Question 3: Plea for help ;-)
I believe I followed all the instructions I have found on these forums and on the Ubuntu forums, I am probably making some beginner mistake. I have tried this multiple times and have even reinstalled the OS multiple times to ensure a clean system. Any and all assistance would be appreciated.

Ubuntu Server 9.04, Jaunty
Sparkle Nvidia GeForce 1024MB 9400 GT (PCI)
Tyan Thunder h200M S3992G3NR
(onboard ATI graphics Disabled)
Dual AMD Opteron 2218 processors
24 GB of main Memory
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