Chapter 2. Installing the NVIDIA Driver

Table of Contents

Before you Begin
Starting the Installer
Installing the Kernel Interface
Features of the Installer

This chapter provides instructions for installing the NVIDIA driver. Note that after installation, but prior to using the driver, you must complete the steps described in Chapter 3, Configuring X for the NVIDIA Driver. Additional details that may be helpful for the new Linux user are provided in Chapter 8, Tips for New Linux Users.

Before you Begin

Prior to beginning the installation, you should exit the X server and kill all OpenGL applications (note that it is possible that some OpenGL applications persist even after the X server has stopped). You should also set the default run level on your system such that it will boot to a VGA console, and not directly to X. Doing so will make it easier to recover if there is a problem during the installation process. Please see Chapter 8, Tips for New Linux Users for details.