Nvidia Driver -- Problems

Fabio Massimo Di Nitto fabbione at fabbione.net
Thu Sep 16 12:49:06 UTC 2004

	please keep always the mailing list in CC. Perhaps other people
will see the same error and will know how to handle it.

On Thu, 16 Sep 2004, billg wrote:

> On Thu, 16 Sep 2004 13:30:11 +0200 (CEST), "Fabio Massimo Di Nitto"
> <fabbione at fabbione.net> said:
> >
> > We already ship the nvidia drivers and there is no need to compile
> > them. You can install linux-restriced-modules adn nvidia-glx, as usual
> > you will
> Thanks, Fabio.  I've installed the nvidia driver, et al. However, I get
> the proverbial "No Screens Found" error. The log shows the module loads
> correctly, but then adds this:
> "(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module! "(EE)
> NVIDIA(0):  *** Aborting *** "(II) UnloadModule: "nvidia" "(II)
> UnloadModule: "vgahw" "(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
> "(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.
> "Fatal server error: "no screens found"
> This also happens when I install dbus/hal on debian-unstable. Without
> dbus and hal, the nvidia driver is fine. With them, it isn't. I've never
> found a fix.

I am running them here with no problems.

> Also, fwiw, "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86" did not write a new
> XF86Config-4.

Did you edit your configuration manually? If so dpkg-reconfigure will have
no effect to preserve your local modification.

> I did the md5sum thing, just in case, but still no go.

Which md5sum thing? If you want dpkg-reconfigure to handle your config
again you need to do:

md5sum /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 > /var/lib/xfree86XF86Config-4.md5sum

and then run again dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

Also, if X doesn't start please attach at least /var/log/XFree86.0.log
and your configuration file.


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