View Full Version : [lubuntu] Trouble with installing nvidia drivers

May 15th, 2010, 06:42 AM
I've looked at several forums and tried many diffrent things but I just seem to be stuck. I can stop gdm but even then during the install the install fails. This is the log file

nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Sat May 15 01:33:41 2010

option status:
license pre-accepted : false
update : false
force update : false
expert : false
uninstall : false
driver info : false
precompiled interfaces : true
no ncurses color : false
query latest version : false
OpenGL header files : true
no questions : false
silent : false
no recursion : 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
no kernel module : false
force SELinux : default
no X server check : false
force tls : (not specified)
X install prefix : (not specified)
X library install path : (not specified)
X module install path : (not specified)
OpenGL install prefix : (not specified)
OpenGL install libdir : (not specified)
utility install prefix : (not specified)
utility install libdir : (not specified)
doc install prefix : (not specified)
kernel name : (not specified)
kernel include path : (not specified)
kernel source path : (not specified)
kernel output path : (not specified)
kernel install path : (not specified)
proc mount point : /proc
ui : (not specified)
tmpdir : /tmp
ftp mirror : ftp://download.nvidia.com
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 (ftp://download.nvidia.com)? (Answer: Yes)
-> No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site;
this means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for
your kernel.
-> Performing CC sanity check with CC="cc".
-> Performing CC version check with CC="cc".
-> Kernel source path: '/lib/modules/2.6.32-22-generic/build'
-> Kernel output path: '/lib/modules/2.6.32-22-generic/build'
ERROR: If you are using a Linux 2.4 kernel, please make sure
you either have configured kernel sources matching your
kernel or the correct set of kernel headers installed
on your system.

If you are using a Linux 2.6 kernel, please make sure
you have configured kernel sources matching your kernel
installed on your system. If you specified a separate
output directory using either the "KBUILD_OUTPUT" or
the "O" KBUILD parameter, make sure to specify this
directory with the SYSOUT environment variable or with
the equivalent nvidia-installer command line option.

Depending on where and how the kernel sources (or the
kernel headers) were installed, you may need to specify
their location with the SYSSRC environment variable or
the equivalent nvidia-installer command line option.
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 www.nvidia.com.

I'm paretty new to linux so i'm not sure what exactly is the problem. something about the kernal not matching? I have a 8600 gts video card if that helps and I have ubuntu 10.04 LTS

May 15th, 2010, 06:46 AM
Are you installing from the menu System/Administration/Harware Drivers or did you download from the Nvidia website?


May 15th, 2010, 02:38 PM
downloaded from nvidia site. is there a better way to install it?

May 15th, 2010, 02:52 PM
Its a lot easier with ubntu to just go where Sealbhach suggested (System-> Administration-> Harware Drivers) and let ubuntu install the drivers for you than to use the downloaded nvidia installer ;)

May 15th, 2010, 09:45 PM
I had tried that originally but then ubuntu stalled out at the startup splash screen and it took me forever to figure out how to get rid of those drivers so i could get back into ubuntu. Now when I go to system>admin.>hardware drivers it says there are no proprietary drivers in use on this system and there is nothing to click except close and help

May 16th, 2010, 05:20 PM

May 16th, 2010, 06:23 PM
Why don't you go to the Nvidia site and just download the latest
drivers for your video card. Then follow this website for the
install. I couldn't get mine installed by using the Hardware Drivers...


Version: 195.36.24 Certified
Release Date: 2010.04.28
Operating System: Linux
Language: English (U.S.)
File Size: 32.3 MB

GeForce 8 series:
8800 GTS, 8800 GT, 8500 GT, 8300, 8300 GS, 8400 SE, 8800 GTS 512, 8200, 8800 GTX, 8600 GS, 8100 / nForce 720a, 8200 / nForce 730a, 8800 GS, 8600 GT, 8400 GS, 8600 GTS, 8800 Ultra, 8400

GeForce 8M series:
8200M G, 8800M GS, 8800M GTX, 8400M GT, 8700M GT, 8400M GS, 8400M G, 8600M GT


If you are NOT in the GUI (maybe you have a blank screen after boot-up)
Do CTRL+ALT+F1 to get to a tty, and login with your username and password.
Then depending on your desktop environment, run
For Gnome (Ubuntu) = gdm: Kubuntu = kdm XFCE = xdm

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

Run the reconfiguration
First start by making a manual backup (even though one will be auto-generated
in the form xorg.conf.YearMonthDayTime):

sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup

Now run the configuration:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg -phigh

Restart the GUI

You are in a tty, so run:

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

Then restart X.


This fixed mine from being locked in 640x480 mode.