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Old 01-26-06, 04:17 AM   #1
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Exclamation problem installing nvidia driver on ubuntu 5.10

hi all. one-day-old ubuntu installation, first time linux user. when trying to install my nvidia driver, i get an error citing a discrepency between the gcc i have (4.0) and the gcc the driver-kernal-thing was built in (3.4). I currently have gcc, gcc-3.3, gcc-3.4, & gcc-4.0 packages installed. I would think the solution would be to remove the gcc-4.0 package so that gcc-3.4 would be used, but when i try to remove 4.0, it has to remove the gcc package as well.
is the problem that nvidia needs to release a driver built on gcc-4.0?

a noob, still a bit confused.
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Old 01-26-06, 04:58 AM   #2
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Default Re: problem installing nvidia driver on ubuntu 5.10

Hi ubuntu012406!

Two ways to solve this:
The "clean and soft way": run the installer with the command:
CC=gcc-3.4 sh NVIDIA-whatever.run
It should work, but I'm not 100% sure

The Dirty But Surely Functional Way: as root, go into your /usr/bin directory, where you should find that gcc and g++ are only symlinks to gcc-4.0 and g++-4.0. Do this by typing ls -l gcc g++. IF they are symlinks (which should be the case at 99.9%, it's a debian system, after all), do this: remove the two symlinks and create two new ones pointing this time to gcc-3.4 with the command ln -s.

Hope this helps,


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Old 01-26-06, 06:21 AM   #3
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Sounds like a problem I had. If you are using a stock kernel, they are compiled for gcc-3.4 so you will get that message if gcc-4.0 is set as default. CC=gcc-3.4 worked for me
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Old 01-31-06, 03:23 PM   #4
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ok, I know I am a newer member here...and I feel bad saying this, but why come here?
the ubuntu support forums have thousands of these exact same problems and what to do.


oh, btw, there are other things that must be done to fully install it on ubuntu, or KDE will not start.
(its a pain if you don't install it right, you have to use command-line to keep installing and restarting KDE until you remove the original modules)
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