I have an older desktop with an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500, which means only the 173.xx versions of nvidia's drivers work.
In the "hardware drivers" thing, I selected the "proprietary drivers" option, and clicked "apply now", but then it switched right back to the "use open source driver", without any visible error message or anything.
So I tried to install it with apt: Reading package lists... Building dependency tree... Reading state information... Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable distribution that some required packages have not yet been created or been moved out of Incoming. The following information may help to resolve the situation:
# apt-get install nvidia-173 The following packages have unmet dependencies: nvidia-173 : Depends: xorg-video-abi-11 but it is not installable or xorg-video-abi-12 but it is not installable or xorg-video-abi-13 but it is not installable or xorg-video-abi-14 but it is not installable or xorg-video-abi-15 E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
Forcing did not help.
So I tried installing the proprietary drivers from here. I blacklisted nouveau, stopped X, and updated the ramdisk.
The installation failed with a bunch of errors, as you can see here.
I can't figure out what I should do to make it compile. I installed build-essentials, and my gcc version is 4.8.4. My kernel version is kernel 3.19.0-25-generic.
I searched online, and all I could find was info for newer drivers. The drivers worked fine in openSUSE 12.3, and nvidia had an official repo for prebuilt ones, but it seems to be defunct now, although there's bound to be an archive somewhere. Should I try to somehow install those binaries?
Or is there something else I should try?
Thanks in advance.