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    Default Getting the Nvidia driver active (working)

    Hi all,

    I'm having problems to get my nvidia drivers working. I've downloaded the latest compatible driver for my video cart (Gforce 6600 Turbo), this file is named NVIDIA-Linux-x86-256.35.run. So I made it executable and ran it my console as root with ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-256.35.run.

    The installation goes flawless, but when I rebooted the driver wasn't working? I've already reconfigured the Xserver with the setting that Xserver is not using the framebuffer but this doesn't make a difference.

    I have to say that I'm using two video-carts in my computer, one of ATI and one of Nvidia, ant they are both connected to my monitor without a KVM-switch. But before i run an OS I select in the BIOS settings which cart should do the work.

    Does any1 know how I can get my driver working, or maybe there's somewhere a tutorial with a step by step explanation which things I should check to find the cause of this problem.

    I have to say that I've installed this driver when BT4 was still on kernel 2.6.30. I've tried to reinstall the driver now my system is on 2.6.34 but then I get the following error:

    Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
    -> License accepted.
    -> Installing NVIDIA driver version 256.35.
    -> There appears to already be a driver installed on your system (version: 256.
    35). As part of installing this driver (version: 256.35), the existing driv
    er will be uninstalled. Are you sure you want to continue? ('no' will abort
    installation) (Answer: Yes)
    -> Performing CC sanity check with CC="cc".
    -> Performing CC version check with CC="cc".
    -> Kernel source path: '/lib/modules/2.6.34/build'
    -> Kernel output path: '/lib/modules/2.6.34/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 Welcome to NVIDIA - World Leader in Visual Computing Technologies.

    If some1 knows how I can uninstall the driver and then reinstall it, please tell me. In Ubuntu 10.04 this worked by solving the same problem but then for ATI drivers.

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