Low Resolution Issue Since Last Karmic Kernel Update

Leonard Chatagnier lenc5570 at sbcglobal.net
Sat Nov 14 17:00:57 UTC 2009

--- On Fri, 11/13/09, NoOp <glgxg at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> From: NoOp <glgxg at sbcglobal.net>
> Subject: Re: Low Resolution Issue Since Last Karmic Kernel Update
> To: ubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
> Date: Friday, November 13, 2009, 6:34 PM
> On 11/13/2009 03:23 PM, Leonard
> Chatagnier wrote:
> > NoOp wrote:
> ...
> >> Note: you'll need to put 'xserver-xorg-video-nv'
> back.
> >>    
> > 
> > I believe you but can you give a reason.  I
> didn't see where is was a 
> > dependency.  Apt* show says it's optional
> > and suggest to me it related to the nv driver and not
> nvidia driver.
> http://packages.ubuntu.com/karmic/xserver-xorg-video-nv
> It's installed on my clean test machine by default (gnome),
> so I reckon
> it's there for a reason. You can leave it uninstalled if
> you wish, but
> I'd recommend putting it back. Bug reports are here:
> https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xserver-xorg-video-nv/+bugs
> <https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xserver-xorg-video-nv/+bugs?field.searchtext=karmic&orderby=-importance&search=Search&field.status%3Alist=NEW&field.status%3Alist=INCOMPLETE_WITH_RESPONSE&field.status%3Alist=INCOMPLETE_WITHOUT_RESPONSE&field.status%3Alist=CONFIRMED&field.status%3Alist=TRIAGED&field.status%3Alist=INPROGRESS&field.status%3Alist=FIXCOMMITTED&field.assignee=&field.bug_reporter=&field.omit_dupes=on&field.has_patch=&field.has_no_package=>

Apparently you are right.  I have been having X issues that keep
getting worse as time goes by,  It got to where my latest karmic version would boot up to a frozen black screen without a cursor and the only solution was to hold that magic on/off switch until the box shut down.  Several attempts to get X to work changed nothing so I went to another partition also with karmic installed; the on you helped me with to get plugins working which never did.  I think I had to install a 64 bit SM as advised by the SM guru in Australia and I will look up that link again and install the 64 bit on this karmic also.  Anyway, still had buggy issues with this install also but noticed from grub that the last kernel didn't show up.  So after booting to the -14 kernel and getting kdm to run by startx from console, I purged the -15 kernel and all of nvidia.  Then reinstalled all.
First boot was good and so was reboot.  Maybe it's a fix but haven't booted to my last karmic install that had worked perfectly, including the 64 bit SM, until the last update that had the new -15 kernel and a bunch of new nvidia drivers.  This is the install that's really crapped out and so far can't even get to a console(tty's).  
One point of interest is that the original karmic install and that I purged and reinstalled kernel and nvidia drivers always seems to do an nvidia kernel compile during the install and yields a functioning X with kdm.  I will make certain that the nvidia source is installed on the crapped out karmic partition and see if I can get it to conpile the nvidia kernel source which I think will solve the issue.
The "xserver-xorg-video-nv" was automatically installed when I purged the kernel and nvidia drivers and reinstalled.
Being one of those who had little trouble with X on karmic, I'm now beginning to feel like some who had early issues(karmic is bad, etc.) but with persistence it will get fixed even though I'm not sure if this is a kernel, nvidia or hal issue.  I would have filed a bug report on this except nowhere was an option to file one and I don't know how to do it from scratch.
Will let you and the list know if I fix the X issue on my other borked karmic install.  Wish me luck-:o)
Leonard Chatagnier
lenc5570 at sbcglobal.net

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