Driver Problem

Asked by Eric on 2007-02-02

I am running Ubuntu 6.0 and a Nvidia Geforcer XFX 5500 256mb video card. and i am trying to install the driver and i am getting a error from the install in terminal that says "nvidia-installer must be run as root" then it wont work..i am fairly new to this and i have no idea what that means. i got the driver from nvidia's website so i know its real.

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2007-02-17
Eric (dirtface) said : #1

I'm sorry i am using 6.10 Ubuntu as well

Bryce Harrington (bryce) said : #2

Hi Eric,

In Ubuntu there is a 'root' user, also called the 'super-user', which is like the 'Administrator' user in Windows. That's what the error message means - you've attempted to do something as yourself that can only be done as root.

Fortunately, Ubuntu includes an easy way for you to run things as root, by prefixing the commands on the terminal with 'sudo '. sudo stands for "Super User Do". :-)

So try running that same command, but this time do it like:

  $ sudo nvidia-installer

If you still have trouble, could you paste the location on nvidia's website where you got the command?

Hope this helps,
Bryce

Eric (dirtface) said : #3

It worked, but unfortunately i have a new error messege :P

This one says "You appear to be running an X server ; please exit X before installing...."

Then it tells me to read this file that tells me "Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> The file '/tmp/.X0-lock' exists and appears to contain the process ID '4021'
   of a running X server.
ERROR: You appear to be running an X server; please exit X before installing. "

i looked at that and had no idea what that meant

Bryce Harrington (bryce) said : #4

That means you cannot run nvidia's program in a GUI window environment. You must exit out of X and run the program from the console.

Btw, why are you installing the driver straight from nvidia's website rather than install the version ubuntu provides?

Eric (dirtface) said : #5

Does that mean its already installed or there is a place i can go that will auto install it for me?

Bryce Harrington (bryce) said : #6

This explains everything you need to do:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/Nvidia

This might also be a useful reference:

http://www.cs.cornell.edu/~djm/ubuntu/

Bryce Harrington (bryce) said : #7

Hi Eric,

Did the above help you in solving the problem?

Bryce

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