Bug#735424: nvidia-driver: New vesa test

Diederik de Haas didi.debian at cknow.org
Wed Jan 29 11:52:18 UTC 2014

On Wednesday 29 January 2014 12:25:49 Karsten Malcher wrote:
> > You've installed 'linux-headers-3.12-1-amd64' package, not 'linux-headers-
> > amd64'.
> > This won't solve your current issue, but it will make sure that when a new
> > kernel lands in testing (which will happen), the appropriate linux-headers
> > package will also be installed.
> O.K. - but what is the difference?
> As "user" i expect to get the correct headers for the kernel
> linux-image-3.12-1-amd64 when i install 'linux-headers-3.12-1-amd64'

That is correct.
But you have the package 'linux-image-amd64' installed (and that's a good 
thing), so when a new kernel enters testing, it will be installed on your 
system and then you won't have the corresponding headers package on your 

Having both 'linux-image-amd64' and 'linux-headers-amd64' will make sure that 
when you get a new linux-image package, the corresponding linux-headers 
package will also be installed.

> > I'm missing a whole bunch of nvidia packages ...
> > Locating the problem becomes much harder if you keep using NVidia's .run
> > file, so please stop doing that.
> Yes - i only tested the original nvidia installer as comparison to the
> environment with the self compiled kernel.
> > Post the output of 'ls -l /usr/bin/gcc'
> > 
> > And run the following command:
> > 'aptitude install nvidia-driver'
> First i have to install the original nvidia driver now.

If you mean the 'nvidia-driver' package from Debian, then yes, do that. 
And report back with the requested information.

> Do you think it is a good idea to start with a clean new copy of wheezy now
> and upgrade it to jessie? I think everything is really mixed up now.

Not now. Let's try to find (and fix) your issue now, otherwise you may end up in 
the same situation again.

But it wouldn't hurt to start *preparing* for a complete new install and 
migrating your users files/settings/etc.

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