I had hair pulling experience installing nvidia drivers on Backtrack-linux, be it the driver from http://www.nvidia.com or nvidia-current from backtrack repository, I got error on DKMS building or got error to build nvidia.ko and X could not start.
I have googled for many solutions for hours:
This looked promising, but not working for my situation.
This looked promising as well, not working at all, there are errors in the syntax though.
After hours of finding with the correct keywords with google, this solution actually worked for my situation!
This blacklist configuration file is to prevent loading of the drivers especially nouveau, nouveau conflicts with nvidia.
Remove nvidia completely
apt-get remove –purge nvidia-*
This is to start clean. Then reboot.
Add ubuntu repository
To use add-apt-repository you need to install python-software-properties
apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-current-modaliases nvidia-settings
When you choose to install nvidia-current, nvidia-settings will be installed as well.
Reboot. No need to run nvidia-xconfig.
Backtrack-linux nvidia-current is 195.36.24 whereas the ubuntu’s nvidia-current is 290.10 which is the latest. I wanted to use the CUDA feature which made me motivated to install nvidia-current driver…