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Installing nVidia's 3D support on Debian

Here are the instructions to install the newest drivers (tested with versions 4363, 4496, 5336 and 6106) from nVidia for XFree86. It is really similar between Woody, Sarge and Sid.

This quite complicated procedure is necessary because no free drivers supporting 3D hardware acceleration exist for nVidia-based graphics cards (every models). nVidia kindly provides the Linux community with a program to ease their installation on every commercial distribution, so non-Debian.

# IGNORE_CC_MISMATCH=true sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-6106-pkg1.run -a --kernel-source-path=/usr/src/kernel-headers-2.4.24-3-686
or, if you compiled your kernel yourself without using the debian-way to do it, replace kernel-headers-2.4.24-3-686 with the place where the sources are If this article did not help you, maybe the following will: http://home.comcast.net/~andrex/Debian-nVidia/index.html.

[1] the file is currently http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/1.0-6106/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-6106-pkg1.run (to adapt to the current version, of course)

[2] not necessary on Sarge and Sid

[3] ex.: apt-get install kernel-headers-2.4.24-3-686

[4# echo nvidia >> /etc/modules

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