nvidia restricted modules upgrade fails

Richard Urwin RUrwin at SRHSYSTEMS.com
Wed Nov 8 16:07:47 UTC 2006

-----Original Message-----
From: R Kimber
Sent: 04 November 2006 14:22

>On Sat, 04 Nov 2006 13:43:23 +0000 Thilo Six wrote:
>> R Kimber wrote the following on 2006-11-04 10:47:
>> > After today's upgrade of the nvidia restricted modules, X would not
>> > restart. The log complained about a mismatch of modules.
>> > 
>> > Anyone else get this?
> > 
>> > I'm using 2.6.15-27-amd64-k8 on dual core amd
>> > 
>> > - Richard
>> Just a question though:
>> Did you reboot?
> I restarted X.  There was no suggestion from the upgrade-manager that I
> needed to reboot, as there is with kernel upgrades, e.g.

This hit me too. The kernel update requires a reboot. The Nvidia driver
update only requires restarting X. So if you restart X without rebooting,
you're still running the old kernel, but with the new Nvidia driver.

I don't remember either being told to reboot or restart X, but I may have
been. I tend to be busy with lots of windows open when the update finishes
and I put off a restart until later and then forget. (Yes, I know that's
bad.) In my case the X restart was as a result of a hang on logout - which
may or may not be related to the update.

I don't always pay much attention to what updates are being downloaded

If you've seen it once it wont catch you out the next time, but it's nasty,
because you can reconfigure the Nvidia driver as many times as you like and
it wont fix the problem. The only fix is a reboot, and this not being
Windows that is not a reflex action any longer. What's more, in the Mandriva
world the similar problem would be fixed by recompiling the Nvidia driver,
because a kernel update does not automatically do that. Therefore that was
what I proceeded to try to do - until it didn't work and I thought more
about it, but that took several X restarts and hacks of Xorg.conf.

I'm not generally in favour of "Reboot now" dialog boxes without a "No"
option, but I think in this case it would be justified. Save me from myself.

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