Fwd: Xorg crashes my system all the time now since its last update

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Mon Apr 14 05:48:18 UTC 2014

MR ZenWiz wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 8:42 AM, Nils Kassube <kassube at gmx.net> wrote:
> > MR ZenWiz wrote:
> >> I'm running Xubuntu 12.04 LTS with the Raring kernel (  I
> >> have a Hannspree 28" 1920x1200 monitor and an nVidia graphics card
> >> with the nVidia driver (not the Ubuntu version, which I could never
> >> get to load right).
> >> 
> >> Ever since the Xorg update about a week or two ago, the system
> >> routinely crashes while I am watching a video on Seamonkey or
> >> Firefox. Once it was just the Xorg that crashed and logged me out,
> >> but it's usually the whole system that dies.
> > 
> > I'm not sure if it is necessary, but did you recompile the kernel
> > driver after the update? Usually that would be done automatically
> > with the dkms driver if you use the Ubuntu supplied driver. But as
> > you used original nvidia driver, it may be a good idea to recompile
> > it.
> Didn't even think of it.  Is there a way to tell dkms to do that on a
> reboot?  Or do I need to do it manually with the nVidia tool?

I think that dkms works a bit differently - if there is a package which 
needs a recompiled part, it will do it during the installation of that 
package. IIRC you can use a special command switch when you compile the 
original nvidia driver to register the kernel module with dkms. So if 
you have used that switch when you compiled the driver the last time, 
there should be no need to recompile. OTOH, if you didn't use that 
switch before, it may be a good idea to recompile this time with the 
extra switch. If you start the driver installer with the --help option, 
it should show which switch to use for dkms.


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