DKMS and nvidia drivers not working properly in Lucid

Mark Greenwood captain_bodge at
Wed May 26 16:38:42 UTC 2010

On Tuesday 25 May 2010 22:19:37 Steve Morris wrote:
> I applied a number of updates last night through synaptic to Lucid. Two 
> of the update were an updated kernel and an update to the nvidia driver. 
> The kernel was installed fine, the nvidia driver installed fine but the 
> dkms interfacing has stuffed the system.
> When the nvidia install triggered the dkms interaction, dkms said it was 
> removing all modules (I have seen in the past when using the Lucid dkms 
> under Karmic that when it said it was removing all module it was 
> removing everything interfaced to dkms, not just the module being 
> updated), why?
> Also dkms said it was only building the nvidia module for the currently 
> active kernel, why not all installed kernels?
> After finishing the update and rebooting, when xorg was started my 
> monitor displayed a dialog saying input was not supported (this is an 
> indication that the resolution/refresh rate being used by xorg was not 
> compatible with the monitor) even though the xorg.conf configuration 
> file that was working fine before the update had not been altered. I got 
> this monitor issue with all kernels selectable from grubs menu.lst. Why 
> was this happening and how do I fix it, and how do I stop these issues 
> from happening again?
> regards,
> Steve
A lot of people have had the problem where kernel headers weren't correctly installed.

Try sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic

and see if that helps.


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