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Ok, like I've stated once before, I'm using the 6111 drivers. Now there must have been some tremendous efforts on NVidia's part when adding all these new drivers. I'm looking to update my drivers to 7167 or 7174, IA32. The thing is, I do not know how to approach this. What I'm saying is, I don't want to fool around aimlessly and screw up my Linux once again. Call me a coward :D , but I have my drivers configured just the right way. I just want to be able to uninstall the old drivers and install more recent ones.

I was also thinking about getting a new video card. If you think you can advise me here, I'd appreciate it. I'm looking for something at a decent price that would run Neverwinter Nights at a smoother framerate :P . I have an NVidia TNT2 Model 64, and I was wondering possibly if, after I installed the new drivers, I would swap out the old TNT2 for a new one. Would this screw up my configuration? If someone has experience, please let me know. Thank you.

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Feel free to follow the nvidia documentation:


o Auto-Updating: If you run:


nvidia-installer --latest


the utility will connect to NVIDIA's FTP site, and report the latest

driver version and the url to the latest driver file.


If you run:


nvidia-installer --update


the utility will connect to NVIDIA's FTP site, download the most recent

driver file, and install it.


If you lost the nvidia-installer file:


After you have downloaded NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-7174-pkg1.run, run:


sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-7174-pkg1.run --extract-only


This will create the directory NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-7174-pkg1

which contains the uncompressed contents of the .run file

but do not run 'nvidia-installer'.




Begin installation by exiting X


- as root, run: service dm stop

- by killing the processes (kill, killall, ... => gdm, mdkdm, ... & X) => pressing CTRL-ALT-F7 must show you a black screen


in fact, ps -e, pstree or top must not show you a "X" process.



- su'ing (root)

- service dm stop

- nvidia-installer --update




Theo (sorry for my crappy English).

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