Debian 7.1 and Gnome 3

So a while back I got a new PC – i7, GT 520 graphics card, 8GB ram, etc. Downloaded Debian 6.0 from our work’s FTP server and installed it, well, tried to… It did not have the graphics drivers. So for the interim I installed Ubuntu 12.04 so I could continue using the box.

At work we then downloaded Debian 7.1 and then tried to install it again, worked 100%, except that it did not have the drivers for the NVIDIA GT 520 card so it was running in GNOME FALLBACK mode.

$ lspci -nn | grep -i vga
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GF119 [GeForce GT 520] [10de:1040] (rev a1)

As per: http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers#Debian_7_.22Wheezy.22

1. Added Repository:

deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free

2. Installed the necessary software:

aptitude update
aptitude -r install linux-headers-$(uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,') nvidia-kernel-dkms
mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
aptitude install nvidia-xconfig

3. Ran nvidia-xconfig:

$ nvidia-xconfig

WARNING: Unable to locate/open X configuration file.

New X configuration file written to '/etc/X11/xorg.conf'

4. Rebooted:

And yay :) Now GNOME3 is working as it should! Goodbye Ubuntu, it’s been OK, but for the last 10 years about I’ve had an itch in my posterior to run Debian, so let’s see how this goes down.

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