NVIDIA driver causes kernel freeze

Basil Chupin blchupin at iinet.net.au
Fri Aug 27 10:03:31 BST 2010

On 26/08/2010 17:47, Thomas Olsen wrote:
> On Thursday 26 August 2010 08:00:30 Basil Chupin wrote:
>> On 26/08/2010 14:59, Thomas Olsen wrote:
>>> BTW: If you install the driver from the NVIDIA website how do you remove
>>> it again if needed? Ah, after reading back in the thread I can see that
>>> you use the Ubuntu supplied drivers so you probably wouldn't know...
>> To remove the driver:
>> rmmod nvidia
> And then blacklist it if it doesn't work for you?

Well, if you install it yourself from nVidia then there is no need to 
"blacklist" from the viewpoint that you would need to install the next 
latest version yourself anyway.

However, if you don't want Update Manager to install the next Ubuntu 
version then use the Synaptic Package Manager to "blacklist" it.

>> but if you are installing a new version from nVidia it will tell you
>> that a driver is already installed and it will be removed before the new
>> is compiled.
> But there isn't a way to uninstall it except by removing the files manually?

If you installed using Synaptic Package Manager then uninstall with 
System>Administration>Hardware Drivers>REMOVE the driver.

If you compiled it yourself then remove using "rmmod nvidia".

One other point: irrespective of which method you use to install/create 
the nVidia driver, you can disable it by changing the entry in 
/etc/X11/xorg.conf/Section "Device" to "nv" from "nvidia" - "nvidia" is 
the compiled driver and the "nv" is the default/basic driver.

In all of the above, I am open to correction.


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