Kernel update broke Nvidia

Goh Lip g.lip at
Fri Jan 28 02:59:22 UTC 2011

On Fri, 28 Jan 2011 04:48:56 +0800, Homer <fsunoles at> wrote:

> Well, it seems that wasn't the perfect "fix."  I've just noticed I'm
> getting strange artifacts.  For example, on the on the top left of
> each window the small icon and push pin are severely scrambled.  Some
> icons on the panel are also scrambled beyond recognition.  Those
> issues wouldn't be too bad, but I'm also getting random "blocks"
> showing up when a new window/application is opened.  I can get rid of
> those by opening and closing a window over them, but that isn't a good
> solution.  I tried running nvidia-xconfig again just to see, and I get
> dumped to a login prompt with the xorg.conf file in place.  I ran the
> hardware drivers app and it claims I'm running the correct Nvidia
> driver.
> I'm certainly no expert at this stuff, but I'm wondering if I'm really
> running the nvidia drive with the most current kernel.

Alan made a suggestion about dkms in some earlier thread. It may be good  
to check if the nvidia module is also set up in your new kernel by "dkms  
status". For example in my system, this appears..

pop at timon:~$ dkms status
nvidia-current, 260.19.06, 2.6.35-22-generic, x86_64: installed
nvidia-current, 260.19.06, 2.6.35-23-generic, x86_64: installed
pop at timon:~$

If the module does not appear in your new kernel, set it up then. But  
sorry, since I do not have any problem and hence not done this, I am  
unable to help further, but "man dkms" may help. Of course, please let us  
know how you do it so we can learn from you.  :)

If it is not any problem with dkms, it may help to "sudo update-initramfs"  
and see if this helps.

Finally, if nothing works, remove the new kernel "sudo apt-get remove  
--purge 2.6.32-28-* when you boot up to the old kernel 2.6.32-27 and then  
update to new kernel one more time.

Regards - Goh Lip
I used to have an open mind,
but my brains kept falling out.

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