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First time install of Debian wheezy.

My nvidia 580gtx GPU is crashing GNOME and the computer. To get it to boot I had to use nouveau.modeset=0 in GRUB. Now that I'm in, I want to install the newest NVidia driver so I can boot normally, but when I try and install it, it tells me to disable "x server".

I've tried:

$ sudo service xdm stop
$ sudo service lightdm stop
$ sudo service gdm stop

but they all fail. What am I doing wrong?

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The service is called gdm3, not just gdm. This works:

$ sudo service gdm3 stop

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