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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
    If you don't... run
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential gcc xserver-xorg-dev pkg-config
    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.

    sh ~/ --extract-only
    cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9742-pkg1/usr/src/nv
    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
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
    cd ~/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9742-pkg1
    For i386:
    sudo ./nvidia-installer -n -s --x-prefix=/usr/lib/xorg/ --kernel-source-path=/usr/src/linux-headers-`uname -r`
    For 64bit:
    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.
    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

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