Jaunty 64-bit and NVIDIA -- Any ideas?

Davyd McColl davydm at gmail.com
Thu May 28 08:27:55 UTC 2009

Thanks for the thoughts. A couple of my own:

1) I'm beginning to suspect a very badly timed GPU start-of-death here. I'm
hopefully going to be able to borrow another card this weekend to test. One
of my supporting arguments for the dying-card theory is that I booted back
into my very old 8.10 32-bit install (which I still have on the system for
just-in-case) and the problem is reproducible there (though I never had the
problem prior to the upgrade to 64-bit, along with the new mobo and psu I
bought at that time since my old psu died and I wasn't happy with the specs
of my old mobo).
2) If (1) isn't correct (and, in a way, I'm hoping it is, because I can
solve that problem quite easily), then I am wondering if it's a crop-up of
an old NVIDIA bug -- trawling forums around the 100.x.x release time, it was
commonplace for 7-series nvidia cards to lock up with the proprietary
drivers. It would be super-odd if this were the case now for the 173, 180
and 185 (beta, downloaded from nvidia.com) drivers. I've tried the ancient
96 drivers in the repo, but compiz behaves so badly I can't really even use
the machine. I may sound like a spoiled brat, but I need my compiz (:

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