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Old 02-02-06, 07:01 PM   #1
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Default kernel header file does not exist

I am quite the linux noob, but am trying to learn so please be patient with me.
I am attempting to install the latest nvidia drivers

Here is a bit of info :

uname -r

ls /usr/src/
linux- linux-

i start the driver install by point --kernel-source-path to /usr/src/linux-
this is the error it spits out at me

nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Thu Feb 2 19:47:48 2006

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 : true
no questions : false
silent : 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
force tls : (not specified)
force compat32 tls : (not specified)
X install prefix : /usr/X11R6
OpenGL install prefix : /usr
compat32 install prefix : (not specified)
installer install prefix: /usr
utility install prefix : /usr
kernel name : (not specified)
kernel include path : (not specified)
kernel source path : /usr/src/linux-
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.
-> 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: No)
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; this means
that the installer will need to compile a new kernel interface.
-> Performing CC test with CC="cc".
-> Using the kernel source path '/usr/src/linux-' as specified by the
'--kernel-source-path' commandline option.
ERROR: The kernel header file '/usr/src/linux-'
does not exist. The most likely reason for this is that the kernel
source files in '/usr/src/linux-' have not been configured.
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

for some reason it is saying i don't have the kernel header file version.h
when i check the directory that its suppose to be in.... its not there.

can anyone please help me with this problem.

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