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Author: EngysTopic: Install nVidia driver on Debian WheezyLast change: 2016-10-07 08:43:14 

Because the nVidia drivers need some time to get into the Debian repository, I need to split up the installation process into two sections:

Jump to the installation of the drivers from the Debian repository
Jump to the installation of the newest drivers from nVidia

If we want to install the non-free nVidia Driver from the Debian repository, we need to press ctrl+alt+f2 to switch to tty2.
Now we login as root user. To be able to install the non-free driver we will need to add contrib and non-free to our sources.list:

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

After editing our sources.list it should look something similar to this:

deb wheezy main contrib non-free
deb-src wheezy main contrib non-free

Now we will save our changes and exit. Back on the terminal prompt, we need to execute:

apt-get update

Before we proceed further, we should stop the gnome desktop manager with:

/etc/init.d/gdm3 stop

Now we will installing the non-free nVidia packages with:

apt-get install nvidia-glx nvidia-xconfig

This will drop a warning that another driver is running and that we need to restart after installation.
But befor we reboot the system, we will execute:


Now everything is in place and we can restart the system with:


If you already installed the nVidia driver from the repository

apt-get remove --purge nvidia*

will help to get rid of them.

The following steps are for a system with the default nouveau driver.
Change to terminal view (ctrl+alt+f1)
Login as root and type in:

echo -e "blacklist nouveau">>/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

Change to terminal view (ctrl+alt+f1)
Login as root and type in:

apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
/etc/init.d/gdm3 stop

In my case the latest driver from was so I need to type in:


Accept entry screen.
At the "CC Version check failed" use "No" to continue installation.
Use "No" for DKMS kernel modules.
If you have a 64 bit Debian System you also need to install the 32 Bit OpenGL libs.
If the installation asks you if you want to change the X configuration file use "Yes".
After installation:


Nice! Now we have the newest nVidia drivers!

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