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Old 02-10-05, 10:08 AM   #1
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Default Newbie nvidia driver install on debian3.0r4 with 2.4 kernel

dear all,

I have chosen this moment to migrate from redhat to debian.
Regrettably, this has coincided with my acquisition of a new mchine with an invidia GeForce MX440 with AGP8x installed in it, which is also a new experience for me !

I have battled through the debian install, but x will not start.

I have checked the logfiles, and the reason it will not start is simple - it can't find the nvidia module to load as i never installed it.

so what i want to know is:-

1. what do I have to download and where do i have to download it ?
2. how do I install whatever I have downloaded ?

Obvoiusly, I can't start x on that machine and I am no terminal wizard, so hence I can't do a lot on it.

here is my log and xfreeconfig files:-

# XF86Config-4 (XFree86 X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the XF86Config-4 manual page.
# (Type "man XF86Config-4" at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xfree86 package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xfree86
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following commands as root:
#
# cp /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.custom
# md5sum /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 >/var/lib/xfree86/XF86Config-4.md5sum
# dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

Section "Files"
FontPath "unix/:7100" # local font server
# if the local font server has problems, we can fall back on these
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/CID"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi"
# paths to defoma fonts
FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/CID"
EndSection

Section "Module"
# Load "GLcore"
Load "bitmap"
Load "dbe"
Load "ddc"
# Load "dri"
Load "extmod"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx"
Load "int10"
Load "record"
Load "speedo"
Load "type1"
# Load "v4l"
Load "vbe"
Load "xtt"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "CoreKeyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "it"
EndSection

#Section "InputDevice"
# Identifier "Configured Mouse"
# Driver "mouse"
# Option "CorePointer"
# Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
# Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
# Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
# Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
#EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Buttons" "7"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "NVIDIA Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 MX 440]"
Driver "nvidia"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Diamond15VX"
HorizSync 30-65
VertRefresh 50-100
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "NVIDIA Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 MX 440]"
Monitor "emachines"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen "Default Screen"
InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
InputDevice "Configured Mouse"
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection

This is a pre-release version of XFree86, and is not supported in any
way. Bugs may be reported to XFree86@XFree86.Org and patches submitted
to fixes@XFree86.Org. Before reporting bugs in pre-release versions,
please check the latest version in the XFree86 CVS repository
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XFree86 Version 4.1.0.1 / X Window System
(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6510)
Release Date: 21 December 2001
If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is
newer than the above date, look for a newer version before
reporting problems. (See http://www.XFree86.Org/FAQ)
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.9-ac6 i686 [ELF]
Module Loader present
(==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Thu Feb 10 16:05:16 2005
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config-4"
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) ServerLayout "Default Layout"
(**) |-->Screen "Default Screen" (0)
(**) | |-->Monitor "Diamond15VX"
(**) | |-->Device "NVIDIA Corporation NV17 (GeForce4 MX 440)"
(**) |-->Input Device "Generic Keyboard"
(**) Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
(**) XKB: rules: "xfree86"
(**) Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
(**) XKB: model: "pc104"
(**) Option "XkbLayout" "it"
(**) XKB: layout: "it"
(==) Keyboard: CustomKeycode disabled
(**) |-->Input Device "Configured Mouse"
(**) |-->Input Device "Generic Mouse"
(WW) The directory "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic" does not exist.
Entry deleted from font path.
(**) FontPath set to "unix/:7100,/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc,/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled,/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled,/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1,/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo,/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi,/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi"
(==) RgbPath set to "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
(==) ModulePath set to "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"
(++) using VT number 7

(WW) Cannot open APM
(II) Module ABI versions:
XFree86 ANSI C Emulation: 0.1
XFree86 Video Driver: 0.4
XFree86 XInput driver : 0.2
XFree86 Server Extension : 0.1
XFree86 Font Renderer : 0.2
(II) Loader running on linux
(II) LoadModule: "bitmap"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/fonts/libbitmap.a
(II) Module bitmap: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
Module class: XFree86 Font Renderer
ABI class: XFree86 Font Renderer, version 0.2
(II) Loading font Bitmap
(II) LoadModule: "pcidata"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libpcidata.a
(II) Module pcidata: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 0.1.0
ABI class: XFree86 Video Driver, version 0.4
(II) PCI: Probing config type using method 1
(II) PCI: Config type is 1
(II) PCI: stages = 0x03, oldVal1 = 0x00000000, mode1Res1 = 0x80000000
(II) PCI: PCI scan (all values are in hex)
(II) PCI: 00:00:0: chip 8086,2570 card 1043,80f2 rev 02 class 06,00,00 hdr 00
(II) PCI: 00:01:0: chip 8086,2571 card 0000,0000 rev 02 class 06,04,00 hdr 01
(II) PCI: 00:1d:0: chip 8086,24d2 card 1043,80a6 rev 02 class 0c,03,00 hdr 80
(II) PCI: 00:1d:1: chip 8086,24d4 card 1043,80a6 rev 02 class 0c,03,00 hdr 00
(II) PCI: 00:1d:2: chip 8086,24d7 card 1043,80a6 rev 02 class 0c,03,00 hdr 00
(II) PCI: 00:1d:3: chip 8086,24de card 1043,80a6 rev 02 class 0c,03,00 hdr 00
(II) PCI: 00:1d:7: chip 8086,24dd card 1043,80a6 rev 02 class 0c,03,20 hdr 00
(II) PCI: 00:1e:0: chip 8086,244e card 0000,0000 rev c2 class 06,04,00 hdr 01
(II) PCI: 00:1f:0: chip 8086,24d0 card 0000,0000 rev 02 class 06,01,00 hdr 80
(II) PCI: 00:1f:1: chip 8086,24db card 1043,80a6 rev 02 class 01,01,8a hdr 00
(II) PCI: 00:1f:5: chip 8086,24d5 card 1043,8152 rev 02 class 04,01,00 hdr 00
(II) PCI: 01:00:0: chip 10de,0181 card 1043,810b rev c1 class 03,00,00 hdr 00
(II) PCI: 02:05:0: chip 11ab,4320 card 1043,811a rev 13 class 02,00,00 hdr 00
(II) PCI: 02:09:0: chip 10ec,8139 card 10ec,8139 rev 10 class 02,00,00 hdr 00
(II) PCI: End of PCI scan
(II) LoadModule: "scanpci"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libscanpci.a
(II) Module scanpci: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 0.1.0
ABI class: XFree86 Video Driver, version 0.4
(II) UnloadModule: "scanpci"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libscanpci.a
(II) Host-to-PCI bridge:
(II) PCI-to-ISA bridge:
(II) PCI-to-PCI bridge:
(II) PCI-to-PCI bridge:
(II) Bus 0: bridge is at (0:0:0), (-1,0,0), BCTRL: 0x08 (VGA_EN is set)
(II) Bus 0 I/O range:
<SNIP>
(II) LoadModule: "GLcore"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libGLcore.a
(II) Module GLcore: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
ABI class: XFree86 Server Extension, version 0.1
(II) LoadModule: "bitmap"
(II) Reloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/fonts/libbitmap.a
(II) Loading font Bitmap
(II) LoadModule: "dbe"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libdbe.a
(II) Module dbe: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
Module class: XFree86 Server Extension
ABI class: XFree86 Server Extension, version 0.1
(II) Loading extension DOUBLE-BUFFER
(II) LoadModule: "ddc"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libddc.a
(II) Module ddc: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
ABI class: XFree86 Video Driver, version 0.4
(II) LoadModule: "dri"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libdri.a
(II) Module dri: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
ABI class: XFree86 Server Extension, version 0.1
(II) Loading sub module "drm"
(II) LoadModule: "drm"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/linux/libdrm.a
(II) Module drm: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
ABI class: XFree86 Server Extension, version 0.1
(II) Loading extension XFree86-DRI
(II) LoadModule: "extmod"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libextmod.a
(II) Module extmod: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
Module class: XFree86 Server Extension
ABI class: XFree86 Server Extension, version 0.1
(II) Loading extension SHAPE
(II) Loading extension MIT-SUNDRY-NONSTANDARD
(II) Loading extension BIG-REQUESTS
(II) Loading extension SYNC
(II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
(II) Loading extension XC-MISC
(II) Loading extension XFree86-VidModeExtension
(II) Loading extension XFree86-Misc
(II) Loading extension XFree86-DGA
(II) Loading extension DPMS
(II) Loading extension FontCache
(II) Loading extension TOG-CUP
(II) Loading extension Extended-Visual-Information
(II) Loading extension XVideo
(II) Loading extension XVideo-MotionCompensation
(II) LoadModule: "freetype"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/fonts/libfreetype.a
(II) Module freetype: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.1.9
Module class: XFree86 Font Renderer
ABI class: XFree86 Font Renderer, version 0.2
(II) Loading font FreeType
(II) LoadModule: "glx"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libglx.a
(II) Module glx: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
ABI class: XFree86 Server Extension, version 0.1
(II) Loading sub module "GLcore"
(II) LoadModule: "GLcore"
(II) Reloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libGLcore.a
(II) Loading extension GLX
(II) LoadModule: "int10"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/linux/libint10.a
(II) Module int10: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
ABI class: XFree86 Video Driver, version 0.4
(II) LoadModule: "pex5"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libpex5.a
(II) Module pex5: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
Module class: XFree86 Server Extension
ABI class: XFree86 Server Extension, version 0.1
(II) Loading extension X3D-PEX
(II) LoadModule: "record"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/librecord.a
(II) Module record: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.13.0
Module class: XFree86 Server Extension
ABI class: XFree86 Server Extension, version 0.1
(II) Loading extension RECORD
(II) LoadModule: "speedo"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/fonts/libspeedo.a
(II) Module speedo: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
Module class: XFree86 Font Renderer
ABI class: XFree86 Font Renderer, version 0.2
(II) Loading font Speedo
(II) LoadModule: "type1"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/fonts/libtype1.a
(II) Module type1: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
Module class: XFree86 Font Renderer
ABI class: XFree86 Font Renderer, version 0.2
(II) Loading font Type1
(II) Loading font CID
(II) LoadModule: "vbe"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvbe.a
(II) Module vbe: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
ABI class: XFree86 Video Driver, version 0.4
(II) LoadModule: "xie"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libxie.a
(II) Module xie: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
Module class: XFree86 Server Extension
ABI class: XFree86 Server Extension, version 0.1
(II) Loading extension XIE
(II) LoadModule: "nvidia"
(WW) Warning, couldn't open module nvidia
(II) UnloadModule: "nvidia"
(EE) Failed to load module "nvidia" (module does not exist, 0)
(II) LoadModule: "mouse"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/input/mouse_drv.o
(II) Module mouse: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 4.1.0.1, module version = 1.0.0
Module class: XFree86 XInput Driver
ABI class: XFree86 XInput driver, version 0.2
(EE) No drivers available.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

When reporting a problem related to a server crash, please send
the full server output, not just the last messages.
This can be found in the log file "/var/log/XFree86.0.log".
Please report problems to submit@bugs.debian.org.
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Old 02-10-05, 06:03 PM   #2
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Default Re: Newbie nvidia driver install on debian3.0r4 with 2.4 kernel

Hi, it's me here again.
I would have posted a full reply, but can't seem to log onto the server.
Anyway, I am making some progress. There is a post relating to a similar problem in Fedora core that points to some instructions on the fedora site at http://fedoranews.org/contributors/s...3_note/#nVidia
I have now downloaded the nvidia run file as instructed, and I try to run it.
I get messages like: "no precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel" and the program asks me if i want to ftp a download from the invidia website...I'd love to , but getting ftp working from a commanfd line in a newly installed debian distribution is going to be no joke !
So ... pressing on it tells me "Install will compile a new kernel i/f" instead. But... the program tells me "can't find kernel source...did you install it ??
Well I guess not. Ermmm..can anybody tell me how to install the kernel source on debian from a command line with my network down ??
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Old 02-11-05, 01:29 AM   #3
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Default Re: Newbie nvidia driver install on debian3.0r4 with 2.4 kernel

hello, I get the feeling I am talking to myself here...
I was looking on the web this morning, and it looks like the most sensible thing to do is to just upgrade my distribution to a 2.6 kernel anyway. I hope these nvidia patches support a 2.6 kernel. I guess if not, my invidia cards will be consigned to the bin.
So this means I have to get networkin up on my debian system from the console...hopefully won't be too painful..and then configura apt-get to install the rest of the stuff via the network...
This is going to take a while..but i will try to writa a log of what I am doing.....
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Old 02-11-05, 01:32 AM   #4
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good luck steve ! May the force be with you !
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Old 02-11-05, 01:36 AM   #5
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gee thanks, it's good to know someone is reading this drivel
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Old 02-11-05, 10:19 AM   #6
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Default Re: Newbie nvidia driver install on debian3.0r4 with 2.4 kernel

You didn't configure your network during the install? Run "man 5 interfaces" to see how to configure your network. If you're using DHCP your /etc/network/interfaces might be as simple as:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

Use "/etc/init.d/network restart" if you edit the interfaces file.

You could also change the driver in your XF86Config-4 to 'nv' instead of 'nvidia' to get X running without the binary nvidia driver. Did you just copy that file from your old Red Hat system?

Once your network works you can install the kernel-source (or maybe just kernel-headers are needed). Check your current kernel version with "uname -r" and then run "apt-get install kernel-source-x.y.z" where x.y.z is your kernel version. The nvidia drivers work with both 2.4 and 2.6 kernels.

The nvidia installer should then be able to compile the driver for your kernel.
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Old 02-12-05, 09:16 AM   #7
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thanks for that macks.
I was getting lonely.
Anyway, I did not install networking during the install, because I couldn't find the module for my NIC during the install process and was not sure if it was going to be installed or not. I recall that redhat used to hang up badly if networking did not work right, so I thought it would be wiser not to install networking and the configure it post install.
I now realize this was probably a mistake, but it is proving to be very educational !
I copied that XF86Config from somewheres on the net; unfortunately, I don't remember where.
I have done the following so far:-

>referring to the following web page:-
>http://www.falkotimme.com/howtos/per...etup/index.php
>
>EDITED /etc/network/interface
>this allows us to set up the computer with and address on the local network >(192.168.1.11) and a gateway address of 192.168.1.1, which is the computer I have >connected to internet, so as we will be able to download the kernel sources from the >internet using apt.

# /etc/network/interfaces -- configuration file for ifup(8), ifdown(8)

# The loopback interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The first network card - this entry was created during the Debian installation
# (network, broadcast and gateway are optional)
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
address 192.168.1.11
netmask 255.255.255.0
network 192.168.1.0
broadcast 192.168.1.255
gateway 192.168.1.1

>estart networking:-

/etc/init.d/networking restart

>tried to ping my router at 192.168.1.1
ping 192.168.1.1
>error message: network is unreachable
>
>oh dear still need to switch on networking-wonder how you do that in debian
>
>never mind- better set up by dns properly:-

vi etc/resolv.conf

domain tower
search tower
nameserver 85.37.17.11
nameserver 151.99.125.1

>okay, you obviously put your own dns's in here, and my private network domain is called >tower

>guessed the command to switch on networking -
ifup eth0
>no idea what debian uses in the place of chkconfig command, so I'll just havre to bring >up networking manually for the moment.

>Anyway,
ping 192.168.1.1
>works,and so does
ping www.google.com
>hurrah ! networking is alive and running.

>now all I have to do is :-
1.work out how to switch on networking at boot
2.reconfigure apt to download from the net ( i told it to run from cds during the install)
3.upgrade to 2.6 kernel
4.install the (stupid) nvidia patch

following mack's input, I am tempted to get rid of "nvidia" from my XF86Config, but , by choosing debian, I have decided to go "HARDCORE" anyway,so I might as well plough on from the command line at this stage.....

Later ;-P
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Old 02-12-05, 09:29 AM   #8
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hello, if anyone is reading this, can anyone advise me what would be the best version of 2.6 kernel to upgrade to ??
I have to go out now, so I figure i might as well ask all those intelligent folks out there and maybe someone will have been kind enought to anser my message by the time I get back....

uname -r tells me 2.4.18-bf2.4 at the moment...
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Old 02-13-05, 06:29 AM   #9
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>I am not that bothered about issue 1 for the moment, so skipping straight to 2:-
>Need to add some places on the web for apt to download 2.6 kernel from.
>APT howto is at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/ap...basico.en.html

vi /etc/apt/sources.list
>until it reads:-

deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org stable/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free
> I got rid of the us lines as I am based in Italy- hopefully, this is the right thing to do.
>want to make sure i am downloading from the best mirro, so to start, i want to install >netselect
apt-get install netselect
> oops, lots of errors about unreachable network addresses. The addresses used must be wrong!
>better go to http://www.debian.org/mirror/mirrors_full and find out where they are really.
>tried various things but none worked. need to understand better how to specify http addresses >in sources.list
>tried manual and howto- no detailed explaination
>managed to get a download to work- using
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian stable main non-free contrib
>first parts points to a directory called /debian/ with a sub-directory dists in it.
>looking in subdirectories I can see debian/dists/stable/ and then the 3 subdirectories in the
>rest of the line within that directory i.e contrib main and non-free.
>There is smoke coming out of my ears, but I think I understand what is going on now....
>modified my etc.sources to something that works for us, non-us and security updates
>will post this later here
>now need to find out which is the best mirror for me and get it working
apt-get install netselect
>that seemed to work!
>now I need a list of mirrors
netselect ftp.debian.org http.us.debian.org ftp.at.debian.org (list of mirrors near you)
>fastest for me is ftp.it.debian.org/debian. Need to edit sources.list to add this mirror
>HURRAH ! That's all working now! onto the next step
UPGRADE TO 2.6 KERNEL
---------------------
later...
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Old 02-14-05, 03:03 AM   #10
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Default Re: Newbie nvidia driver install on debian3.0r4 with 2.4 kernel

I didn't get on so well this morning...it took me a while to work out where the 2.6 kernel was...
UPGRADE TO 2.6 KERNEL
---------------------
>referring to the document at http://www.desktop-linux.net/debkernel.htm
apt-cache search kernel-source | grep 2.6
>to find the most recent kernel source
>oh dear- no kernels above 2.4
>edit sources files to read "unstable" and not stable, and added two lines
>with identical urls but starting deb-src not deb,so as I download the sources
>for the kernel
>most recent kernel i can find is 2.6.10 so
apt-get clean
apt-get update
apt-get install kernel-source-2.6.10
>unpack kernel source
cd /usr/src
tar xvfj kernel-source-2.6.6.tar.bz2
>this seems to take a while....
>make a new link as follows
ln -s /usr/src/kernel-source-2.6.10 /usr/src/linux
>make sure other packages are new enough for 2.6 kernel referring to above
>web page--as i am now installing from unstable, not
>sure if installing the latest version of all these will totally screw
>everything, but never mind..can't think of any better ideas
apt-get e2fsprogs
apt-get procps
>from this point on, things could get tricky, so I'll continue tonight...
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Old 02-14-05, 10:53 AM   #11
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Default Re: Newbie nvidia driver install on debian3.0r4 with 2.4 kernel

Quote:
Originally Posted by showe
apt-get install kernel-source-2.6.10
I'd recommend using one of the pre-built kernels rather than compiling your own:

apt-get install kernel-image-2.6.10

You will have to also install kernel-headers-2.6.10 (or kernel-tree-2.6.10, or even keep kernel-source-2.6.10 installed. I think just the headers are sufficient.) You can then run the nvidia installer that you downloaded.

Alternatively, you could try to follow the instructions at:

http://home.comcast.net/~andrex/Debi...dia/index.html
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Old 02-17-05, 04:54 PM   #12
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thanks,macks, sounds a lot easier maybe i'll try that this weekend if i get stuck.

anyway, here's what I have done so far:-
>download knnopix linux .config file to use as an example and copy to the directory
>/usr/src/linux
make xconfig
>error UNABLE TO FIND the QT installation.Please make sure yhat the QT development
>package is correctly installed and the QTDIR environment variable is set to the
>correct location.
apt-get install libqt3-dev
>again, all development packages here.Hopefully, this won't screw everything up.
>I just worked out what was wrong here. That last step was not necessary.
> When you run the make command, you need to do it from within the /usr/src/linux
>directory
cd /usr/src/linux
make menuconfig
>silly me, xconfig I am sure wont't work
apt-get install kernel-package
make-kpkg buildpackage -rev Custom.1 kernel_image
>got an error while making the drivers/char/drm/gamma_old_dma bit
>got an error while making the drivers/scsi/NCR_Q720.o
http://www.ussg.iu.edu/hypermail/lin...11.3/0198.html
This compile error comes from the fact, that you disabled the option
Code maturity level options
Prompt for development and/or incomplete code/drivers
Select only drivers expected to compile cleanly
It's known that some drivers do not compile and marked in the Kconfig
files. But if you choose to try to compile them anyway, they don't
compile.
>fixed that one-got a different error now:
since the version ends up in the package name of the kernel image package,this is a debian policy violation,and the packaging system shall refuse to package the image.
>I think this is due to the fact that I had some bad old versions hanging around.
>I did a make mrproper after having copied my .xconfig to another directory.
> I also deleted the offfending .debian file.
Then i did:-
make-kpkg clean
fakeroot make-kpkg --revision=custom.1.0 kernel_image
>
>everything has worked okay this time.
dpkg -i kernel-image-2.6.10_custom.1.0_i386.deb
>to install the kernel
>the lilo file auto updated
>evrything worked fine BUT:
>1. I forgot to install support for EXT 3 files systems
>2. I installed this option "Graphics Support -> nVidia Riva support (FB_RIVA)
>which toally freaks out the nvidia kernel install program .
>apprently, you also need:
>Kernel Hacking -> Use 4Kb for kernel stacks instead of 8Kb (4KSTACKS)
>Processor Type and Features -> Local APIC support on uniprocessors (X86_UP_APIC)
>well this is a major bummer as the new kernel will not allow me to install the
>nvidia video drivers
>so I guess I am back to square 1 again !
> Will have to recompile the Kernel (sigh...)
>come back, matrox, all is forgiven....
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