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Old 01-25-09, 12:42 PM   #1
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Default Nvidia problems 96.xx

I've been trying to get the nvidia driver installed forever, but I can't seem to handle this on my own, so if anyone can help me, I would appreciate it.

I am using debian etch 2.6.18-6-686

I have a GeForce FX 5200 card and according to this site http://desiato.tinyplanet.ca/~lsoren...dri-howto.html I need to install the following: nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx nvidia-glx-legacy-96xx nvidia-glx-legacy-96xx-dev

but the site does not tell me what to replace "xx" with and the shell complains and exits. Any ideas? Please advise.
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Old 01-25-09, 12:55 PM   #2
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xx is part of the package name:
-(~) apt-cache search nvidia|grep legacy
nvidia-glx-legacy-96xx - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver (96xx legacy version)
nvidia-glx-legacy-96xx-dev - NVIDIA Xorg driver development files (96xx legacy version)
nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx-2.6-686 - NVIDIA binary kernel module for 2.6 series compiled for 686
nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx-2.6-686-bigmem - NVIDIA binary kernel module for 2.6 series compiled for 686-bigmem
nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx-2.6-openvz-686 - NVIDIA binary kernel module for 2.6 series compiled for openvz 686
nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx-2.6.26-1-686 - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux 2.6.26-1-686 (legacy version)
nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx-2.6.26-1-686-bigmem - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux 2.6.26-1-686-bigmem (legacy version)
nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx-2.6.26-1-openvz-686 - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux 2.6.26-1-openvz-686 (legacy version)
nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx-source - NVIDIA binary kernel module source (96xx legacy version)
but these packages don't exist in stable/etch, only in newer releases (unstable, lenny, etc). It looks like the only release available in stable is 1.0.8776-4 (nvidia-glx), which is really old.

There's a few options to get the FX5200 working with acceleration:
1) Install NVIDIA's 173.14.12 driver.
2) Download and (try) to install the 96xx legacy packages manually, but this may cause problems with the current X and you may need several other packages or upgraded packages to get it working.
3) Upgrade to unstable or lenny. lenny will be the new stable (soon?) and is at release candidate 1.

I suggest 1 or 3.


And if you go to lenny, you can use the regular nvidia-glx package instead of the legacy stuff, it's v173.14.09-5 which supports GeForce5.

Last edited by logan; 01-25-09 at 01:02 PM. Reason: added etch to lenny upgrade instructions
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Old 01-25-09, 01:17 PM   #3
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Sorry, I just noticed that the nvidia-glx package in etch does support the FX5200 - http://http.download.nvidia.com/XFre...ppendix-a.html

Eventually you'll be upgraded to lenny, but it's not something that should be taken lightly.. They make an effort to ensure a smooth upgrade, but things can still go wrong. You could end up with a broken X or worse, and may be forced to reinstall from cd if you don't know how to fix the problem. If you're not familiar or comfortable with this, you're better off just using the current nvidia-glx driver provided by etch.

I think most Debian desktop/home users are probably on lenny or unstable, because the software included is more current and in line with what everyone else has with other distros. You'll have to be careful when reading Debian-related bits for gaming and such, because it may contain information for one of the other releases.
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Old 01-25-09, 07:22 PM   #4
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Default Re: Nvidia problems 96.xx

If this is an older system running a Athalon or older processor then the 173.14.12 driver will not work with it since the older processors were not equiped with SSE instruction sets.
In that case you need the 173.14.15 or 96.xx.xx driver.
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