Getting NVIDIA drivers to work in 2.1
My current setup has a NVIDIA 8500GT graphics card which is not supported by the current drivers. This will be solved when version 3.0 of this great distro is released. This means that when you install 64studio and you have a not supported NVIDIA card, you have to install the official NVIDIA drivers right away otherwise X will not start and you are stuck without a GUI. I described the procedure below, but it only works on 2.0. I tried the same trick after a fresh install of 2.1 and it did not work. I was confronted with a path error when the NVIDIA installer was looking for GCC. To work around this I installed 2.0, installed the NVIDIA drivers and upgraded to 2.1 instead. The procedure I followed was:
- Download the latest NVIDIA drivers (version 173.14.05 at this point) and store them on a USB disk/stick
- Install 64Studio 2.0
- After rebooting for the first time choose the single user option from the boot menu and log in as root
- Connect USB drive, mount it to /mnt with "
mount -t ext3 /dev/sdb1 /mnt" and locate NVIDIA driver package (use -t vfat if you have a FAT formatted USB stick/disk. Your USB device might have a different letter/number depending on how many disks you have, but you'll see some info scrolling on your screen when the USB is connected)
- Make package executable with: "
chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-173.14.05-pkg2.run"
- Start NVIDIA driver installer with: "
./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-173.14.05-pkg2.run" and follow the steps.
- Upgrade to 2.1
nvidia-installer --uninstall" which will uninstall the previous NVIDIA drivers.