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    i know how to install nvidia drivers on a bt5 or linux os that is installed to a hard disk. however, i don't know how to do that to a live usb installation and make it stick. even persistent usb installs do not allow permanent driver changes. the how-to on nvidia drivers specifically indicates that it is a video driver install to a HARD DISK installation of bt5. is there any faq for udating drivers for a usb install?

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    Default Re: nvidia drivers

    You can try using the update script from here:
    http://www.backtrack-linux.org/forum...track-5-a.html

    And then repackage the .iso and use that .iso for the flash drive in place of the original.

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    Default Re: nvidia drivers

    hi bwana,hylogibbon,
    you say that there are no problem to install the NVidia driver, for the GE FORCE GO 7300, in to BT5?
    i have tried only one time but i have find some problems.
    if you tell me that there are not a bugs problems with them i will try with more free time.

    TNX

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    I added backtrack 5 to my katana usb. Inside the /boot/menus folder is the backtrack5 menu named bt.cfg. I changed it to reflect the various boot modes that i want. When i booted backtrack5 I got a weird display-bad colors. I needed the nvidia drivers for my pc. I realized that trying to install the nvidia drivers requires blacklisting the nouvau driver.
    i opened the cfg file and added this menu entry

    LABEL No Nouveau
    MENU LABEL No Nouveau
    KERNEL /bt5/casper/vmlinuz
    APPEND file=/cdrom/preseed/custom.seed boot=casper initrd=/bt5/casper/initrd.gz cdrom-detect/try-usb=true live-media-path=bt5/casper rdblacklist=nouveau nomodeset nouveau.modeset=0 text--
    TEXT HELP
    More about currently selected:
    Safe Mode
    ENDTEXT


    I then navigated to where i had downloaded the nvidia drivers and installed them by typing:

    sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-275.09.07.run
    Wonderful they installed! startx gave me a normal desktop!

    However, when i boot with my regular menu entry which is:

    LABEL DEFAULT
    MENU LABEL Text
    KERNEL /bt5/casper/vmlinuz
    APPEND file=/cdrom/preseed/custom.seed boot=casper initrd=/bt5/casper/initrd.gz text cdrom-detect/try-usb=true live-media-path=bt5/casper splash vga=791--
    TEXT HELP
    More about currently selected:
    Default Boot Text Mode
    ENDTEXT

    I get the same weird graphics I had before i installed the nvidia driver.
    So, How do i make these changes permanent?

    Also
    Do I need this in my kernel boot entry
    rdblacklist=nouveau nomodeset nouveau.modeset=0
    or this
    rdblacklist=nouveau nomodeset?
    Last edited by bwana; 06-25-2011 at 05:55 AM.

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    Default Re: nvidia drivers

    @hylogibbon

    I booted into bt5
    opened up a terminal as root
    ran the update script
    chose update all

    it did its thing
    (the only error i got was with fasttrack)

    Now, since i updated my bt5 directly from the usb, why shouldnt I be all set? Why didnt the changes get saved to the original image?

    I guess I am asking HOW-TO " repackage the .iso "
    Last edited by bwana; 06-25-2011 at 05:52 AM.

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    Default Re: nvidia drivers

    I have it booting from USB with working nvidia drivers. I have just during boot added parameters

    nomodeset vga=0

    then after boot

    rmmod nouveau

    and after installation of drivers the startx load the nvidia drivers.

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    Default Re: nvidia drivers

    yes i know i can install the nvidia drivers with every boot, the idea is not to have to do that

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    Default Re: nvidia drivers

    i'm running persistent usb and i just downloaded and installed the linux x86 nvidia-drivers from the site and havn't had any problems since

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    how'd you do that? on a default boot, the nouveau driver prevents the nvidia installer from running. on a safe boot (nomodeset=0) i can install but it's not persistent.

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    Default Re: nvidia drivers

    I have BT5 on a persistent usb with encryption as described in the how-to section. Installing the video drivers according to the CUDA pdf didn't work for me so I went to the nvidia site, found my graphics card (quadro fx 2700m) and downloaded the linux x86 driver. I've read that you can end the x-server with ctrl+alt+backspace? but that shortcut never worked for me. After restarting to get to the terminal I installed the driver I downloaded. Now whenever I startx the nvidia driver loads right away. The biggest surprise to me was that the driver I downloaded works for both my laptop and desktop (gtx 460), however on the nvidia site they don't have a linux driver listed for the gtx 460.

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