nvidia-legacy-304xx driver for Debian 10 (Buster)

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Re: nvidia-legacy-304xx driver for Debian 10 (Buster)

Postby stevepusser » 2019-11-24 01:16

How have you tested the card to see that it's working with that driver on antiX?

And how much would a used card cost that is new enough to build with the legacy drivers, anyway?
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nvidia-legacy-304xx driver for Debian 10 (Buster)

Postby Len E. » 2019-11-24 05:50

Further to your questions, steven:

Since completing the Antix installation, with the indications from lshw and inxi
that the nvidia driver is active, I have no formal test program, with only about
1/2 hour of normal activity on Antix, with no apparent problems.
I always make a point of doing some browsing with Firefox, which I've found
in the past to most frequently cause crashes while using a nouveau driver.

I have no proficiency with internal PC hardware, so I've never considered a
replacement Graphics card. My understanding is that the nvidia card on each
of my 2 machines are an integral part of the motherboard, so I'm not knowledgeable
as to whether or not a new separate card could be installed.

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Re: nvidia-legacy-304xx driver for Debian 10 (Buster)

Postby Len E. » 2019-12-30 03:42

(To all viewers: if you are PC-hardware-adept, stevepusser's recommendation
of a newer, replacement graphics card is likely the most sensible solution to
all of this. On the other hand, if you are PC-hardware-inept as I am, you might
find the following of some interest).

I've installed the nvidia-legacy-304xx driver on Debian 10 (32-bit, LXDE) in the following dubious manner:
1) revert to xserver-xorg_1.19.2 as described earlier in this post, 2019-11-21, 20:45
2) kernel replacement
-install 4.9.200-antix.1-686-smp-pae headers and image
-reboot, under advanced options, select the antix image
-remove 4.19 image and headers
-reboot into antix image, the only one left
3) follow EXACTLY the July 17, 2018 steps in the "nvidia-304 won't install" post,
except: leave out the patch.

I call this procedure dubious because, although I succeeded on the LXDE desktop, I
failed previously in trying to do the same thing on MX19, which uses the XFCE desktop, i.e.
it's not clear if it will work on Debian 10 on other than LXDE.

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nvidia-legacy-304xx driver for Debian 10 (Buster)

Postby Len E. » 2020-01-01 06:09

(Further to my update of 2019-12-29 19:42)

I repeated the process used for Debian 10 (32-bit, LXDE) on
Debian 10 (32-bit, XFCE) and it worked fine, with both
sudo lshw -C video and sudo inxi -Gxx commands indicating that
the nvidia driver was in place.

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nvidia-legacy-304xx driver for Debian 10 (Buster)

Postby Len E. » 2020-04-14 15:12

A recent development:

dolphin_oracle, an MX Linux expert, identified a solution to the subject problems
mentioned herein with MX 19:
from Settings -----> Window Manager Tweaks ----> Compositor,
disable the compositor before the actual nvidia driver installation.

With this adjustment, the results with MX 19 are successful and
consistent with the successes reported with Debian-10.n.0.

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