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Getting nVidia drivers for GForce 8600M GS on Debian testing April 25, 2008

Posted by maxmil in : Debian,VGN-FZ31Z , trackback

The latest nVidia drivers were not available in the debian testing repository at the time of writing. However is the unstable the package that i was after was nvidia-glx.

In order to install it i had to pin my apt preferences in /etc/apt/preferences (the file did not exist)Package: *
Pin: release o=Debian,a=testing
Pin-Priority: 900

Package: *
Pin: release o=Debian,a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 300

Package: *
Pin: release o=Debian
Pin-Priority: -1

Then using module assistant i compiled the module
module-assistant prepare
module-assistant auto-install nvidia

And then load the module
modprobe nvidia
Finally i reconfigured /etc/X11/xorg.conf. In Devices section i put
Identifier "nVidia Corporation GeForce 8600M GS"
Driver "nvidia"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
Option "NoLogo" "true"

(The NoLogo line avoids a nasty nVidia splash screen when x starts).

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