nvidia driver problems

Jack Trades pointlessprogramming at gmail.com
Thu Jul 2 20:23:10 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 3:46 PM, Mark Greenwood <fatgerman at ntlworld.com>wrote:

> On Thursday 02 Jul 2009 01:41:39 Jack Trades wrote:
> > (II) LoadModule: "nv"
> > (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers//nv_drv.so
> >  (II) Module nv: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
> >     compiled for 1.6.0, module version = 2.1.12
> >     Module class: X.Org Video Driver
> >     ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 5.0
> This shows it's using the 'nv' driver (i.e. the free one, not the
> restricted one).

I had to disable the restricted driver because I couldn't get to the login
screen.  So, I imagine, that's why it's using the nv driver.

> What do you get if you do
> uname -a
> sudo dkms status
> You should see, if you've installed from restricted drivers and not the
> nvidia download, an installed nvidia module listed against the kernel
> version mentioned in uname -a. If not, the installation is broken.

trades at box:~$ uname -a
Linux box 2.6.28-13-generic #45-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jun 30 22:12:12 UTC 2009
x86_64 GNU/Linux

trades at box:~$ sudo dkms status
nvidia, 180.44, 2.6.28-13-generic, x86_64: installed
nvidia, 180.44, 2.6.28-11-generic, x86_64: installed

I tried upgrading the kernel, and making sure I had the proper linux-headers
and linux-restricted-modules.  Then I enabled the 180 driver, and again I
got random colors instead of a login screen.

Jack Trades
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