I successfully installed NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-290.10.run on my Debian Squeeze desktop but I do not see /var/log/nvidia-installer.log clearly stating which file(s) have been added/replaced. Does anybody know which file(s) it installs or modifies ?

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    Are you using the Debian nvidia packages, and if not, why not? Feb 6, 2012 at 0:28
  • @Faheem Mitha Of course the Debian packages would be best but my graphics card is new and I need a newer package.
    – J D
    Feb 6, 2012 at 11:04
  • 290.10 is available in testing/unstable, 295.09 in experimental. Use the Debian packages nvidia-kernel-source etc. Feb 6, 2012 at 12:15

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You can install Nvidia drivers as follows.

Install nvidia-glx (metapackage) and the kernel driver source (nvidia-kernel-source), It sounds like you will want to get these from unstable or experimental.

Then you can build the binary kernel module using module-assistant. First, install module-assistant. Then


gives you interactive mode.

  • First run UPDATE and PREPARE
  • Go into SELECT, and pick nvidia-kernel.
  • Then run BUILD and then INSTALL.

Make sure xorg.conf references nvidiain the device section. I.e.

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "nVidia Corporation G70 [GeForce 7300 GS]"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    BusID          "PCI:02:00:0"
  • A How to at Debian.org explains various different methods. I still think that it is best to use the .run file from nvidia.com instead of installing .deb packages from different Debian repositories.
    – J D
    Feb 6, 2012 at 17:27

You can find moved files in /var/lib/nvidia/. A log containing touched files can be found at /var/lib/nvidia/log.

For a more detailled list from an installation attempt in VirtualBox, see https://lists.launchpad.net/bumblebee/msg00019.html

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