Debian Lenny: Installing the Nvidia Driver the Debian Way

nvidia settings

nvidia settings

Debian 5 (Lenny)
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT
Linux kernel: 2.6.26-2-686
Gnome: 2.22.3

The following was done after I set up Debian. See my previous post.

The Nvidia site says I need the 185.18.31 driver.
I’m installing an older 173.14.09…. driver because that’s what’s available in the repos. You can install the 185.18.31 driver the Nvidia way but that’s much more involved. If I’m unhappy with the 173, I’ll do the 185 by hand.

Using Synaptic Package Manager I installed:
nvidia-kernel-2.6.26-2-686 (version: 173.14.09+3+lenny1)
nvidia-glx (version: 173.14.09-5)
nvidia-kernel-common (version: 20080825+1)

Then from a terminal I ran:
$ sudo nvidia-xconfig

That produced this:

Using X configuration file: “/etc/X11/xorg.conf”.
VALIDATION ERROR: Data incomplete in file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
At least one Device section is required.
Backed up file ‘/etc/X11/xorg.conf’ as ‘/etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup’
New X configuration file written to ‘/etc/X11/xorg.conf’

I then rebooted. I got the NVIDIA splash screen during the boot.
Driver install done.

Now from Synaptic Package Manager I installed:
Your resolution should be set to auto which is the native resolution of the monitor. With the next command, you should be able to change that.

At a terminal type: $ sudo nvidia-settings to get to the NVIDIA X Server Settings window (GUI) to adjust settings. Everyones happy…. I hope.

Some problems I have had in the past:
A Monitor out of range error is a HorizSync VertRefresh issue.
If this happens, you will find yourself at an unusable
scrambled screen. Type: ctrl-alt-f1
Now fix it. Open etc/X11/nano xorg.conf and make the
adjustments…or you might have installed the wrong driver. Doh!
Adjust your HorizSync VertRefresh to:
HorizSync 31.5 – 57.0
VertRefresh 50.0 – 70.0

1 comment so far

  1. foul_owl on

    Dear Author !
    Many thanks for the information. Now I will know it.

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