Wrong video driver being used in Lucid

Steve Morris samorris at netspace.net.au
Mon May 17 21:12:40 UTC 2010

I have an nvidia Gforce 7600GS video card and I have "upgraded" to Lucid 
via the alternate cd (it didn't wipe my system/home directories but 
effectively installed everything else from scratch even though using the 
expert mode) from Karmic where I was using the nvidia binary driver. The 
upgrade to Lucid has replaced the nvidia binary with the stupid nouveau 
driver which doesn't work properly (kde has the desktop display 
configured at 1280x1024 @ 60 Hz but the driver is running at 1280x1024 @ 
50 Hz).
I have now installed the nvidia binary driver via the nvidia-current 
package and the nvidia-glx package but the system is not using this 
nvidia driver. In the absence of an xorg.conf how does one force the 
system to use the nvida binary driver when installation of the package 
does not activate it (it is contentious as to whether or not 
installation of the package should force configure the system given that 
on my laptop which is using an intel graphics chip an install of Lucid 
from scratch on a newly formatted system installed the nvidia binary 
drivers for whatever reason, but it is correctly using the intel i915 
I have tried a   sudo update-alternatives --display xserver-xorg   but 
it says there are no alternatives and,   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh 
xserver-xorg   appears to do nothing.


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