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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ New to Linux: Trying to update grapnics driver

Posted by: WaltK Dec 30 2008, 01:16 PM

Need some help please, I'm new to Linux.

My WinXP PC with integrated GeForce2 graphics is running Ubuntu 8.10 installed on a second HD. Ubuntu runs fine, but I want to upgrade the graphics driver. I downloaded the "legacy" graphics driver "NVIDIA-Linux-x86-96.43.07.pkg1.run". I'm logged in as "root" user. I opened a terminal window in the directory where the graphics driver is stored and did "chmod 777 NVIDIA-Linux-x86-96.43.07.pkg1.run". I then listed the directory and saw the permissions were changed to RWX for everyone (so far, so good). I then try to run the file by typing "sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-96.43.07.pkg1.run". The unpacking process starts and all looks good. A new window opens and then a message appears "error-must be run as root" and an OK button.
I'm the root user, I'm in the same directory as the graphics driver file and I've changed all permissions on the file to read,write,execute for everyone. What am I doing wrong?
Thanks so much for your help.

Posted by: michaelk Dec 31 2008, 08:15 AM

You must stop the x server before running the installer.
You can boot into single user mode typically by using your boot loader, lilo or grub, to add the word ’single’ to the end of the kernel command line

http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/177.82/README/index.html

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