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#1 2011-12-11 02:01:44

arman
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Registered: 2011-12-08
Posts: 27

NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Driver

Hello!
This is my first post on the crunchbang forms, though I have been using crunchbang for years now, and how I absolutely LOVE it!

I recently got a new computer with a NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics card and have tried a variety of howto's I found on these forums in attempt to install the driver, all of which have been to no avail. sad

I would really appreciate it if someone could assist me in installing the drivers.
Thank you so much in advance!

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#2 2011-12-11 10:24:20

xaos52
The Good Doctor
From: Planet of the @s
Registered: 2011-06-24
Posts: 4,602

Re: NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Driver

See this link for your driver:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-disp … river.html

There is more than one way to install it ( see http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers )

But: not all methods work with all kernels.

What has worked consistently for me (but I have a different type of card) is this:

Download the driver to your download directory
1. Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to console1
2. stop X

    sudo invoke-rc.d gdm stop

  replace gdm by slim if you are using the latest #! image
  replace gdm by your login manager if you are using another login manager 

3. cd to the download dir

3b. Install compile prerequisites

      sudo apt-get install module-assistant
      sudo m-a prepare
      sudo apt-get install gcc-4.3

4. run nvidia installer

     sudo sh NVIDIA   (Tab to complete the filename)

     The installer will ask you to generate a new config file
     The installer will blacklist nouveau

5. reboot

6. check presence of nvidia-driver with
     dmesg|grep nvidia

Thats it.
HTH

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#3 2011-12-11 17:45:17

arman
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Registered: 2011-12-08
Posts: 27

Re: NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Driver

Thank you so much for your reply!!
Thanks to you, the driver installed successfully!

Except now, the gui does not load when I boot up;
how could I solve this problem?

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#4 2011-12-11 19:23:36

xaos52
The Good Doctor
From: Planet of the @s
Registered: 2011-06-24
Posts: 4,602

Re: NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Driver

Sorry to hear that.
I need to see a couple of logfiles to determine the cause of the failure.
This is how to do it:

1. Boot your system.
    X will try to start a couple of times, then present you with a screen that gives you the opportunity to view the log file I am after. Answer 'No' to the questions.
2. Type Ctrl+Alt+F1
    to switch to console 1.
3. Stop X:

    sudo invoke-rc.d gdm stop

    replace gdm by your login manager
4. Save the log files I need, so that they are not overwritten on restart.

    cp -v /var/log/Xorg.0.log $HOME/X.log
    cp $HOME/.xsession-errors $HOME/Xerrors.log

5. Set the generated config file aside/

    sudo mv -v /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.nvidia

6. uninstall the installed nvidia driver

    cd $HOME/downloads
    sudo sh NVIDIA  enter Tab for file completion  --uninstall

7. reboot
    X should start up now.
8. publish the output of

    cat $HOME/X.log
    cat $HOME/Xerrors.log
    lspci -knn
 

   on this forum. Please post this output between [ code ] brackets, because it is quite a lot.

HTH

Last edited by xaos52 (2011-12-11 19:24:55)

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#5 2011-12-12 00:29:33

arman
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Registered: 2011-12-08
Posts: 27

Re: NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Driver

Ah! I got it!
Turns out that it was just the booting up into the wrong runlevel, which I easily fixed.

Thank you so so much for all your help, Xaos52, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it!

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#6 2012-03-24 20:12:11

ghastly
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Registered: 2012-03-24
Posts: 2

Re: NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Driver

hey guys, sorry for the bump but I'm having a problem with this card too.

I couldn't use

 sudo apt-get install module-assistant
      sudo m-a prepare
      sudo apt-get install gcc-4.3

after disabling GDM, but they installed otherwise. However, when I  ran sudo sh NVIDIA, the installer popped up and said it had CC problems and something to do with gcc4.3 not matching gcc4.4.
Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong?

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#7 2012-03-24 20:24:30

xaos52
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From: Planet of the @s
Registered: 2011-06-24
Posts: 4,602

Re: NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Driver

Yes, but you are presented with an option to continue. Select that option. It will work.

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#8 2012-03-25 17:15:18

ghastly
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Registered: 2012-03-24
Posts: 2

Re: NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Driver

hey, thanks for the reply. I did it and think I got the same error as the OP (I assume, it said the X server failed). I don't know about the runlevel (I'm a newbie) but I did follow the steps you wrote for him and copied the error logs.

X.Org X Server 1.7.7
Release Date: 2010-05-04
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: Linux 3.0.0-1-amd64 x86_64 Debian
Current Operating System: Linux rocinante 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Mon Jan 16 16:22:28 UTC 2012 x86_64
Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-5-amd64 root=UUID=17031138-9920-4976-bad6-a43ac2bc1eec ro quiet splash
Build Date: 29 October 2011  06:58:14PM
xorg-server 2:1.7.7-14 (Julien Cristau <jcristau@debian.org>) 
Current version of pixman: 0.24.0
    Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
    to make sure that you have the latest version.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
    (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
    (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sun Mar 25 09:59:03 2012
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
(==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"
(==) ServerLayout "Layout0"
(**) |-->Screen "Screen0" (0)
(**) |   |-->Monitor "Monitor0"
(**) |   |-->Device "Device0"
(**) |-->Input Device "Keyboard0"
(**) |-->Input Device "Mouse0"
(==) Automatically adding devices
(==) Automatically enabling devices
(WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist.
    Entry deleted from font path.
(==) FontPath set to:
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/misc,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi,
    /var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType,
    built-ins
(==) ModulePath set to "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
(WW) AllowEmptyInput is on, devices using drivers 'kbd', 'mouse' or 'vmmouse' will be disabled.
(WW) Disabling Keyboard0
(WW) Disabling Mouse0
(II) Loader magic: 0x7c8a40
(II) Module ABI versions:
    X.Org ANSI C Emulation: 0.4
    X.Org Video Driver: 6.0
    X.Org XInput driver : 7.0
    X.Org Server Extension : 2.0
(++) using VT number 7

(--) PCI:*(0:0:2:0) 8086:0116:1028:0491 Intel Corporation Sandy Bridge Integrated Graphics Controller rev 9, Mem @ 0xd2400000/4194304, 0xc0000000/268435456, I/O @ 0x00007000/64
(--) PCI: (0:1:0:0) 10de:0dcd:1028:0491 nVidia Corporation rev 161, Mem @ 0xd0000000/33554432, 0xa0000000/268435456, 0xb0000000/67108864, I/O @ 0x00006000/128, BIOS @ 0x????????/524288
(WW) Open ACPI failed (/var/run/acpid.socket) (No such file or directory)
(II) LoadModule: "extmod"
(II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libextmod.so
(II) Module extmod: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.7.7, module version = 1.0.0
    Module class: X.Org Server Extension
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 2.0
(II) Loading extension SELinux
(II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
(II) Loading extension XFree86-VidModeExtension
(II) Loading extension XFree86-DGA
(II) Loading extension DPMS
(II) Loading extension XVideo
(II) Loading extension XVideo-MotionCompensation
(II) Loading extension X-Resource
(II) LoadModule: "dbe"
(II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libdbe.so
(II) Module dbe: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.7.7, module version = 1.0.0
    Module class: X.Org Server Extension
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 2.0
(II) Loading extension DOUBLE-BUFFER
(II) LoadModule: "glx"
(II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libglx.so
(II) Module glx: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
    compiled for 4.0.2, module version = 1.0.0
    Module class: X.Org Server Extension
(II) NVIDIA GLX Module  295.33  Sat Mar 17 15:16:17 PDT 2012
(II) Loading extension GLX
(II) LoadModule: "record"
(II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/librecord.so
(II) Module record: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.7.7, module version = 1.13.0
    Module class: X.Org Server Extension
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 2.0
(II) Loading extension RECORD
(II) LoadModule: "dri"
(II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libdri.so
(II) Module dri: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.7.7, module version = 1.0.0
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 2.0
(II) Loading extension XFree86-DRI
(II) LoadModule: "dri2"
(II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libdri2.so
(II) Module dri2: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.7.7, module version = 1.1.0
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 2.0
(II) Loading extension DRI2
(II) LoadModule: "nvidia"
(II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so
(II) Module nvidia: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
    compiled for 4.0.2, module version = 1.0.0
    Module class: X.Org Video Driver
(II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver  295.33  Sat Mar 17 14:57:21 PDT 2012
(II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs
(II) Primary Device is: PCI 00@00:02:0
(EE) No devices detected.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support 
     at http://wiki.x.org
 for help. 
Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.
/etc/gdm/Xsession: Beginning session setup...
Obt-Message: Xinerama extension is not present on the server
Couldn't find synaptics properties. No synaptics driver loaded?
Couldn't find synaptics properties. No synaptics driver loaded?
tint2 : nb monitor 1, nb monitor used 1, nb desktop 2

** (nm-applet:1887): WARNING **: <WARN>  constructor(): Couldn't initialize the D-Bus manager.

An instance of nm-applet is already running.
** Message: <info>  No keyring secrets found for Auto 6E4FE2/802-11-wireless-security; asking user.

** Message: <info>  New secrets for Auto 6E4FE2/802-11-wireless-security requested; ask the user


** (terminator:2839): WARNING **: Binding '<Shift><Control>a' failed!
Unable to bind hide_window key, another instance/window has it.
/etc/gdm/Xsession: Beginning session setup...
Obt-Message: Xinerama extension is not present on the server
Couldn't find synaptics properties. No synaptics driver loaded?
Couldn't find synaptics properties. No synaptics driver loaded?
tint2 : nb monitor 1, nb monitor used 1, nb desktop 2

** (nm-applet:1887): WARNING **: <WARN>  constructor(): Couldn't initialize the D-Bus manager.

An instance of nm-applet is already running.

** (terminator:2839): WARNING **: Binding '<Shift><Control>a' failed!
Unable to bind hide_window key, another instance/window has it.

Last edited by ghastly (2012-03-25 17:15:59)

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#9 2012-03-25 18:23:36

xaos52
The Good Doctor
From: Planet of the @s
Registered: 2011-06-24
Posts: 4,602

Re: NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Driver

You are using a system with nvidia optimus. Is there a possibility in BIOS to choose the discrete nvidia graphics card?

If not, You will have to uninstall the nvidia kernel module, so that the system starts with the integrated Intel graphics card.

I would recommend usage of the most up-to-date software and search the net for 'bumblebee' if you want to use both graphics cards.

Good luck

Last edited by xaos52 (2012-03-25 18:30:57)

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#10 2012-03-26 02:29:20

greywolf
Member
From: Sydney, Australia
Registered: 2011-02-28
Posts: 40

Re: NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Driver

search the net for 'bumblebee' if you want to use both graphics cards.

Or, buy a Lenovo laptop?!

This whole "Optimus" mallarchy is a pain in the butt for most Linux distros at the moment.

The 'bumblebee' software seems to be making some progress, but is not a 'fix it for all' solution by any means.

FYI, most laptop manufacturers are offering a bios option between Inbuilt Intel Chip only or Optimus Enabled. The only one ( to my knowledge) offering a bios option to switch between Intel Chip Only, or Optimus Enabled, OR Dedicated Chip Only is Lenovo.

So, be very careful when buying a new laptop at the moment if you are wanting to use the nVidia graphics option and consequent drivers in Linux!!

greywolf.


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