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    HOWTO: Nvidia 9742 beta drivers in Edgy/Feisty

    UPDATE - Ok consider this guide "working"... its worked for someone other than me

    Nvidia's 9742 drivers are BETA... Do NOT use on Production Machines

    Starting with 1.0-9742, all NV2x & older (NV1x & NVx) GPUs will only be supported in the legacy driver branches (1.0-7184 & 1.0-9629).
    I.e. if you have one they won't work here.


    Do not attempt this guide unless you feel competent reinstalling your previous drivers from the cli and recovering from any breakage which may or may not occur.

    These instructions worked for me, they may for you, they may not. After all these warnings its not my fault if you get hosed

    Hey there, something's changed with the latest Nvidia 97** drivers to do with dash and bash and things so that they won't install "normally"... I won't bore you

    I recommend you already have the latest drivers installed via method 2 from http://doc.gwos.org/index.php/Latest_Nvidia_Edgy
    If you don't... run
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential gcc xserver-xorg-dev pkg-config
    NOW!!!
    &
    Code:
    sudo nvidia-xconfig
    at the end.

    If you want to install the latest drivers, then head here for i386 or here for 64bit. (the instructions below will be for i386... pretty simple to figure out how to alter a line or two for 64bit )

    download to home.

    Code:
    sh ~/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9742-pkg1.run --extract-only
    cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9742-pkg1/usr/src/nv
    gedit conftest.sh
    Search for the line
    if [ "$RET" == "0" ]; then
    and replace with
    if [ "$RET" = "0" ]; then
    Save and quit.

    Write down the rest of these instructions, as you will have to shutdown the X server and type them in the cli

    Ctrl+Alt+F1 and log in
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
    cd ~/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9742-pkg1
    For i386:
    Code:
    sudo ./nvidia-installer -n -s --x-prefix=/usr/lib/xorg/ --kernel-source-path=/usr/src/linux-headers-`uname -r`
    For 64bit:
    Code:
    sudo ./nvidia-installer -n -s --x-prefix=/usr/lib64/xorg/ --kernel-source-path=/usr/src/linux-headers-`uname -r`


    This "should" install the drivers... it takes a minute or two.

    If it complains that the nvidia module is already loaded, restart your computer. Don't log in, but Ctrl+Alt+F1 immediately when you see the log in screen and try again.
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart
    And you should be in business.

    Oh I also recommend a quick restart once you know it works

    Feedback appreciated

    Pieces picked from http://doc.gwos.org/index.php/Latest_Nvidia_Dapper & http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...t=79831&page=2
    Last edited by PriceChild; November 12th, 2006 at 07:02 PM. Reason: added dev package
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    Re: HOWTO: Nvidia 9742 beta drivers in Edgy/Feisty

    I'm getting an error.

    unrecognized command '--kernel-source-path=/usr/src/linux-headers-`uname -r`'

    Am I supposed to replace '--kernel-source-path' with something else?

    Forgive me, I'm a total noob.

    I am currently running 9629 with beryl 0.1.1

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    Re: HOWTO: Nvidia 9742 beta drivers in Edgy/Feisty

    Quote Originally Posted by ImaMadGoat View Post
    I'm getting an error.

    unrecognized command '--kernel-source-path=/usr/src/linux-headers-`uname -r`'

    Am I supposed to replace '--kernel-source-path' with something else?

    Forgive me, I'm a total noob.

    I am currently running 9629 with beryl 0.1.1
    Have you got your linux headers installed?

    I just retested the command and it works perfectly fine for me.
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    Re: HOWTO: Nvidia 9742 beta drivers in Edgy/Feisty

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.17-10-generic
    got

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    linux-headers-2.6.17-10-generic is already the newest version.
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
    libimlib2 libungif4g
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

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    Re: HOWTO: Nvidia 9742 beta drivers in Edgy/Feisty

    Well then i don't know.

    You could try it without it maybe... see what happens.

    I DON'T recommend this though
    , i don't know what will happen either, and you may be stuck having to reinstall your old drivers again.
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    Re: HOWTO: Nvidia 9742 beta drivers in Edgy/Feisty

    Ok, I was finally able to install kernal sources for 2.6.17-10.

    Ran the command but had a few warnings pop up. I had to reconfigure the xserver with the standard 'nv' driver. I'll post the log when I get back home...had to come to work for a few hours.

    Really liked your previous guide. I hope I can get the new beta in there along with the new beryl.

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    Re: HOWTO: Nvidia 9742 beta drivers in Edgy/Feisty

    Now not only does the beta driver not work but I cant get any other Nvidia driver working.

    edit: okay I managed to get the Nvidia non-beta driver from their site version 1.0-9629. It was pretty easy really, all I done was shut down kdm and run it. This has never worked in the past. But it still didnt fix what I wanted to use the beta driver for, getting enemy territory working. Oh well, I guess Im just not meant to play it.
    Last edited by slimdog360; December 3rd, 2006 at 07:09 AM.
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    Re: HOWTO: Nvidia 9742 beta drivers in Edgy/Feisty

    Hi, thanx for the HOWTO, it worked very well for me the first time.=D>

    Due to kernel update to 2.6.20 i'll do it again.

    Just to let you know:
    I took 9746 this time, ( hoping its even better ) and in this version the step:
    Quote Originally Posted by PriceChild View Post
    Search for the line
    if [ "$RET" == "0" ]; then
    and replace with
    if [ "$RET" = "0" ]; then
    Save and quit.
    is not necessary, its allready changed.
    i guess its a typo in the script. ??

    Edit:
    Yeah, and it works =)
    Last edited by sebi k; January 1st, 2007 at 05:38 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Nvidia 9742 beta drivers in Edgy/Feisty

    I had my nvidia 6600 GT working with these instructions earlier, thank you all for that!

    After updating kernel I had to install it all over again...
    I had no troubles installing driver again, but it didn't work as smooth as the first time.

    As I was searching answers to my broblem I read sebi k's post (earlier in this thread) about 9746 beta driver, had to try that too...

    I found it from: http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_d..._1.0-9746.html

    Feeling a bit fustrated of all that installing and things not working right, i desided to go with nvidias instructions simply "sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9746-pkg1.run" (I had driver downloated in my home directory).

    Followed intructions, and ignored all warnings and errors...

    Managed to install nvidia 9746 beta -driver succesfully!!!!

    ... or did I ??

    It looks that everything is working fine now, but I still want to check if the driver is installed properly?

    Is there any way to check it?

    I hope that someone can help me!

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    Re: HOWTO: Nvidia 9742 beta drivers in Edgy/Feisty

    I tried to install the drivers as described in the initial HowTo : didn't work (error 896...)
    So I moved on reading what mts-fi wrote, I tried it (with instructions from the Nvidia website) and it worked like a charm for my Geforce Go 7200 !

    I must say I am really astonished by the simplicity of the installer from Nvidia, very simple and clear. And even though it's still a command line thing it's giving you all the infos to proceed ... Bravo Nvidia !

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