[Breezy] Problem getting nVidia Geforce 5200 card to work

Christian Convey christian.convey at gmail.com
Tue Sep 20 14:34:33 UTC 2005

Thanks, that seems to have done the trick.  I'm not certain, but I
think I needed to reboot after removing the Ubuntu packages you

According to glxinfo, the nvidia-supplied drivers are in effect now.

Do you know...

(1) Why I'm not seeing the nVidia logo screen as X starts up?

(2) Is there any reason for me to use the nVidia-supplied driver
installer, if we have Ubuntu-supplied packages that accomplish the
same effect?


On 9/19/05, James Gray <james at grayonline.id.au> wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Sep 2005 10:34, Christian Convey wrote:
> > I installed Breezy, and then installed nVidia's current proprietary
> > driver: NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-7676-pkg1.run
> >
> > After adjusting my xorg.conf file accordingly, I can't start X.
> **snipped**
> > The most noteworthy-seeming error message appears just on the console
> > from which I run startx:
> >
> > "Error: API mismatch: the NVIDIA kernel module is version 1.0.7667,
> > but this X module is version 1.0.7676. Please be sure that your kernel
> > module and all NVIDIA driver files have the same kernel version."
> >
> > Does anyone know what might be causing this?  For now I'm getting by
> > on just the "nv" driver.
> Did you unload the previous NVidia kernel module before starting the X
> server?  I've had problems with this in the past when I installed the
> "nvidia-glx" and associated packages from Ubuntu then tried installing
> NVidia's driver.
> Make sure you *completely* remove any Ubuntu Nvidia packages BEFORE running
> NVidia's own installer:
> sudo apt-get --purge remove <list of installed nvidia packages>
> ...should do the trick.
> At the least you'd probably have the following packages - but check with
> "dpkg -l '*nvidia*'" without the "" and look for lines that begin with ii:
> nvidia-glx
> nvidia-kernel-1.0.7174
> Then unload the kernel module:
> sudo modprobe -r nvidia
> NOW run the Nvidia installer and reload the nvidia module when you're done
> sudo modprobe nvidia
> HTH,
> James
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