Nvidia driver problem

Ric Moore wayward4now at gmail.com
Fri Sep 23 06:15:53 UTC 2011

On 09/23/2011 12:47 AM, Jon Anderson wrote:
> when I lspci -v I get kernal driver in use -Nvidia, under that is says
> Kernal modules and list nvidia- current( the one I thought I
> needed)nvidia-173, nouveau, nvidiafb---I think the nvidia-current is
> 270.41.06 and it shows that that is not the one in use. In additional
> drivers program it list two drivers Nvidia-current and nvidia-173. I
> have activated the nvidia- (version current) [recommended] and it has
> the green dot verifying that it is activated . But right across the top
> it says no proprietary drivers are in use on this system and at the
> bottom of additional drivers it says this driver is activated but not
> currently being used.
> I'm trying to get this system not to freeze ,it won't work but a few
> minutes in normal video configeration, I have to select the lower video
> level when I boot and then on the last page i select back to x and that
> is the only way it will work for 1/2 hour -2 hours then it also freezes.

What do you have in /etc/X11/xorg.conf? You need this line, at least:
Section "Device"
     Identifier     "Device0"
     Driver         "nvidia"

...if you have nouveau or anything else there, that may be your problem. 
If so, then sudo gedit xorg.conf, in that directory, make the repair, 
save it and log out or reboot. That should work. Now crank up
nvidia-settings to set your screen display resolutions and what not. 
Then under the "X Server Display Configuration" tab, in the lower right 
side is a button to save your configuration.

That will write you a new xorg.conf file that will work. Neither the 
gnome or KDE display settings will work correctly until nvidia is happy. 
:) Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.

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