I have installed the Nvidia drivers according to the wiki but with no success. The system hung during boot. How can I install the drivers successfully on Debian Jessie?

My PC's specs: GPU: GeForce 7600GS, kernel: 3.10-3-amd64


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The basic steps are:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-kernel-dkms linux-headers \ 
                     nvidia-settings nvidia-xconfig 
sudo nvidia-xconfig

The last step is running nvidia-xconfig to set everything up. That should sort it all out, including blackisting the nouveau driver if you were using it. You'll have to reboot for it to take effect (well, you don't have to but it is much simpler that way).

  • I'll try this but a quick question if you will: wouldn't nvidia-xconfig make a /etc/X11/xorg.conf while the new suggested method of debian (for wheezy, at least) seems to use /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf ?
    – sterz
    Sep 25, 2013 at 5:43
  • I ran into a problem during sudo m-a auto-install nvidia-kernel${VERSION}-source: i.imgur.com/GoYIkqr.png Then it requires me to install linux-headers-3.2.0-4-amd64 but they are only available for wheezy
    – sterz
    Sep 25, 2013 at 22:52
  • Honestly I have no idea. I trust apt to maintain the kernel for me. I do think that I run jessie: see paste.debian.net/46210 and paste.debian.net/46211
    – sterz
    Sep 25, 2013 at 23:36
  • @sterz that's very strange, did you change your sources recently? Have you run apt-get update? Jessie is on the 3.10 kernel and so should you. Anyway, there should be no problem if you install wheezy's package as long as that is the kernel you are using. I am just afraid there is an underlying problem. Ping me in the U&L chat room and I can try and help you figure it out.
    – terdon
    Sep 25, 2013 at 23:45
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    These packages were removed. This explains it hackedbellini.org/linux/…
    – zoechi
    Jul 18, 2014 at 9:00

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