Warning for Nvidia users on Lucid

Alberto Milone alberto.milone at canonical.com
Sat Mar 6 12:32:23 GMT 2010

Hi all,

According to Nvidia, drivers 195.36.08 (i.e. the current driver in the
archive) and 195.36.03 might be affected by the same GPU fan speed
issues which affect the Windows driver:

I have been using these drivers for while now without experiencing
that problem but, if you want to be on the safe side, I suggest that
you temporarily switch to the open driver until we're sure that the
problem is fixed. In order to do so you can follow either point 1 (the
easy way) or point 2:

1) Disable the driver with Jockey (the restricted drivers manager) and
restart your computer.


2) Open the terminal and type the following commands:
sudo update-alternatives --config gl_conf (and select the alternative
provided by mesa)
sudo ldconfig
sudo update-initramfs -u
sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf_old

and restart your computer.

Sorry for the inconvenience, I'll keep you posted on the issue.


Alberto Milone
Sustaining Engineer (system)
Foundations Team
Canonical OEM Services

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