[pkg-nvidia-devel] Please help!

Lennart Sorensen lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Thu Jul 16 16:16:50 UTC 2009

On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 02:15:57PM -0700, Ronnie wrote:
> I have been trying everything I could to get to change my display  
> resolution. I have an NVIDIA chip set and have tried /aptitude install  
> nvidia-settings /and have had no luck with getting it to install. I have  
> tried different variances of that command but still nothing. This is  
> what I get when I try,
>> ronnie at Ronnie:~$ aptitude install nvidia-settings
>> Reading package lists... Done
>> Building dependency tree       Reading state information... Done
>> Reading extended state information      Initializing package states... 
>> Done
>> Reading task descriptions... Done  E: Could not open lock file 
>> /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13 Permission denied)
>> E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are  
>> you root?
> I am very new to Debian and Linux so I am not sure what else to try. I  
> am currently stuck with looking at a 800X600 screen and it's killing me.  
> I usually have the screen set at 1240X940 (or something close to that).  
> I would be very happy if you could help me with this.

Only root can install packages.  Not regular users.

Len Sorensen

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