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Old 03-31-04, 01:28 PM   #30
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Default Re: Problem installing NVIDIA driver on Debian

Originally Posted by forestial
I have a freshly installed version of Debian 3.0r2 (woody).
Graphics card is a TNT2 RIVA (Diamond Viper V770).

When I run


I go through a few menu choices and it attempts to build
a kernel interface module for me. But this always fails
with the error

ERROR: Unable to determine the NVIDIA kernel module filename.

I have the kernel source in usr/src and I have the /usr/src/linux
symlink pointif to it.

The complete log file from the installer is below.

nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Sat Feb 21 22:16:42 2004

option status:
license pre-accepted : false
update : false
force update : false
expert : false
uninstall : false
driver info : false
no precompiled interface: false
no ncurses color : false
query latest driver ver : false
OpenGL header files : false
no questions : false
silent : false
XFree86 install prefix : /usr/X11R6
OpenGL install prefix : /usr
Installer install prefix: /usr
kernel source path : /usr/src/kernel-source-2.4.18
kernel install path : (not specified)
proc mount point : /proc
ui : (not specified)
tmpdir : /tmp
ftp site :

Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> License accepted.
-> 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)
-> 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.
-> Using the kernel source path '/usr/src/kernel-source-2.4.18' as specified by
the '--kernel-source-path' commandline option.
-> Kernel source path: '/usr/src/kernel-source-2.4.18'
-> Performing cc_version_check with CC="cc".
ERROR: Unable to determine the NVIDIA kernel module filename.
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
ERROR: Unable to determine the NVIDIA kernel module filename.

I had the same error message. The problem was that i did a make O=/home/name/build/kernel like it is described in the Kernel Readme. Then i omitted the O Option that means i just did a make. After that everything went fine.

good luck
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