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Old 03-14-05, 07:04 AM   #1
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Default Why stop xserver while installing nVidia drivers?

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I don't understand why we have to shutdown the xserver while installing the nVidia drivers... The most advantage of Linux architecture is that we can change whatever libraries we want, on the fly... It's even possible to update the kernel without rebooting. So why the nVidia drivers has to be installed while the xserver is down? I'd like to have a technical explanation if possible since I'm not a complete noob


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Old 03-14-05, 08:13 AM   #2
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Default Re: Why stop xserver while installing nVidia drivers?

One reason is that you might already be using an earlier version of the NVIDIA driver at installation time, in which case `nvidia-installer` would be unable to unload the NVIDIA kernel module. In order to keep the installation instructions and installer logic simple, the X server is required to be shut down. Another reason is that we've seen cases where installing with X driving target devices (even with non-NVIDIA drivers) caused stability problems.
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Old 03-14-05, 09:39 AM   #3
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Thanks for having answered that fast

The second problem definitely forces the X server to be shutted down, maybe one day it'll be fixed. But I have a suggestion, isn't it possible to workaround the first problem by creating directories (as for the kernel versions) so that we'd have /usr/lib/nvidia-66xx and /usr/lib/nvidia-7xxx directories etc... After, with the linking system, it's possible to use whatever driver version we want. It would not solve the main problem, but it could add a usefull feature that is to have more than one version of the nvidia drivers and to manage it easily. It seems thats it would even be possible to delete the versions that are not used by the Xserver directly from the X since it's not loaded... This could even be managed with the 'nvidia-installer' then.
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