Debian 10, Nvidia Graphics driver install (geforce gt 630)

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Debian 10, Nvidia Graphics driver install (geforce gt 630)

Postby okanagansage » 2019-11-25 02:48

Hey, so I've looked at the NvidiaGraphicsDrivers page:
https://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers
but there's no section on Debian 10

I've run nvidia-detect and the output is
Detected NVIDIA GPUs:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GF108 [GeForce GT 630] [10de:0f00] (rev a1)

Checking card: NVIDIA Corporation GF108 [GeForce GT 630] (rev a1)
Your card is only supported up to the 390 legacy drivers series.
It is recommended to install the
nvidia-legacy-390xx-driver
package.


I checked the current (default) driver with:
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sudo lshw -c video

(Had to install lshw). That told me the currently used graphics driver is nouveau.

I've checked that my /etc/apt/sources.list file has: buster main contrib non-free

All the sections on the NvidiaGraphicsDrivers page seem to say to run the command:
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apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r|sed 's/[^-]*-[^-]*-//')

so I'm assuming that's the next thing to do.

?After that, do I just install nvidia-legacy-390xx-driver with
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sudo apt install nvidia-legacy-390xx-driver


Then reboot to enable the nouveau blacklist?

?I don't have to mess with backports?
Am I missing anything?
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Re: Debian 10 Buster Nvidia Graphics install (geforce gt 630

Postby sunrat » 2019-11-25 06:39

Yes do exactly what you posted. No backports but you will need non-free sources active. There are no new instructions for Debian 10 as they are exactly the same as for Debian 9.
GT630 should work fine with nouveau anyway. Try it for a while and don't bother with the nvidia one unless you need it. I'm running a GTX560Ti on nouveau and it's actually better than the nvidia one which glitches and freezes occasionally on this system.
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Re: Debian 10, Nvidia Graphics driver install (geforce gt 63

Postby stevepusser » 2019-11-25 23:35

Rather than that esotoric command, I make sure the system is ready to build kernel modules by installing module-assistant and running with sudo or as root:
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m-a prepare


Also, make sure that the Nvidia card is the only one in your system--many laptops have dual integrated and discrete cards, and that needs a different procedure.
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Re: Debian 10, Nvidia Graphics driver install (geforce gt 63

Postby sunrat » 2019-11-26 00:15

stevepusser wrote:Rather than that esotoric command, I make sure the system is ready to build kernel modules by installing module-assistant and running with sudo or as root:
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m-a prepare

I wish we knew how to edit the wiki. That is indeed a more sensible method.

Also, make sure that the Nvidia card is the only one in your system--many laptops have dual integrated and discrete cards, and that needs a different procedure.

In this case GT630 is a desktop card, the most modest one Nvidia currently make. Its laptop equivalent is called 630M.
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