The easiest way to install NVIDIA GeForce Driver on Debian Linux 8 ( Jessie ) ( for Debian 9 Stretch visit: How to install the latest NVIDIA drivers on Debian 9 Stretch Linux) is to use official contrib and non-free debian repository. First, add the following non-free and contrib repositories to your
/etc/apt/sources.list. Therefore, first change the content of your
/etc/apt/sources.list file to include
non-free packages eg.:
deb http://ftp.au.debian.org/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free deb-src http://ftp.au.debian.org/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free
Next, update your repositories:
# apt-get update
At this point the
nvidia-driver package becomes available for the installation:
# apt-get install nvidia-driver nvidia-current: Running module version sanity check. - Original module - No original module exists within this kernel - Installation - Installing to /lib/modules/3.16.0-4-amd64/updates/dkms/ nvidia-uvm.ko: Running module version sanity check. - Original module - No original module exists within this kernel - Installation - Installing to /lib/modules/3.16.0-4-amd64/updates/dkms/ depmod.... DKMS: install completed. Setting up nvidia-settings (340.46-2) ... Setting up libegl1-nvidia:amd64 (340.65-2) ... Setting up xserver-xorg-video-nvidia (340.65-2) ... Setting up nvidia-driver (340.65-2) ... Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.19-13) ... Processing triggers for initramfs-tools (0.116) ...
During the installation you will see a notification about conflicting version of the free software nouveau nvidia driver with your currently being installed non-free nvidia kernel module which you can simply ignore.
Conflicting nouveau kernel module loaded The free nouveau kernel module is currently loaded and conflicts with the non-free nvidia kernel module. The easiest way to fix this is to reboot the machine once the installation has finished.
Wait for the installation to finish and once done generate a new
/etc/X11/xorg.conf xorg configuration file with
nvidia-xconfig command. First, install
# apt-get install nvidia-xconfig
After the installation is finished execute
nvidia-xconfig command to generate new
/etc/X11/xorg.conf config file:
# nvidia-xconfig New X configuration file written to '/etc/X11/xorg.conf
If the above command shows message about the lack of a previous
/etc/X11/xorg.conf config file simply disregard it and reboot your system to load a newly installed nvidia driver. After the reboot, login to your desktop and start the official
nvidia-settings configuration tool either from command line:
or by starting it using a relevant menu under the start button to access more nvidia graphic card configuration settings.