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    NVIDIA proprietary driver won't work on my PC

    I installed both 32bit and 64bit Ubuntu Natty today, and both worked with the nouveau driver, but when I installed the proprietary driver none of the systems will boot. My driver is the nvidia 9300, integrated into my pc motherboard. Is anyone else having this problem? I have all the latest updates and installed the latest nvidia-current from the repositories.

    I submitted a bug report to https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...rs/+bug/770559.

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    Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver won't work on my PC

    Aw Yeah! I have that issue too. Soo...
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-d...06-driver.html
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-d...06-driver.html
    ah, so those should work, but youll prolly have a problem.
    My issue is that I can install that driver, and it will work fine for 1 session. When I reboot, it doesnt work anymore. So Im thinking..
    the card is a bit older yeah, and Linux has changed a bit in the last few years, so maybe the driver install is writing files to the wrong location or something??
    no idea, give the driver downloads a try though and get back to us.
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    Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver won't work on my PC

    Yea I tried that already. The drivers from the nvidia site don't work they have to be installed from the package manager. The package manager provides the same version as the nvidia website so it doesn't really help.
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    Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver won't work on my PC

    Never had integrated nvidia, but just curious based on bug report where you say "boot into text mode to remove the nvidia-current driver"
    (no mention of removing the xorg.conf for nvidia driver

    So after you install nvidia-current and before rebooting (where it currently fails), have you tried running this first?
    Code:
    sudo nvidia-xconfig

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    Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver won't work on my PC

    Yeap I tried running that too which created a Xorg.conf file, but I got the same result I'm afraid. (Maverick didn't need the Xorg.conf file with the nvidia driver anyway)
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    Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver won't work on my PC

    Quote Originally Posted by matthewbpt View Post
    Yeap I tried running that too which created a Xorg.conf file, but I got the same result I'm afraid. (Maverick didn't need the Xorg.conf file with the nvidia driver anyway)
    Then there may be an issue with the integrated graphics..

    At least here I've always needed some sort of xorg.conf w/ nvidia-current though it didn't have to be the big nvidia created one, ex. my current one (at this point maybe better than the nvidia created one which has a lot of unneeded sections

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Default Device"
    Option "NoLogo" "True"
    EndSection
    It's possible your bug may be marked incomplete due to almost no add. added info - may have been better to file like
    Code:
    ubuntu-bug nvidia-current

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    Question Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver won't work on my PC

    I'm trying out Natty, however I can login but only the 'classic' desktop. I have an Nvidia GeForce 7300, and was able to run cool graphics effects on previous versions. But now I'm getting something similar where when I try to activate the current version of the nvidia driver in the Additional Drivers window, it says "This driver is activated but not currently in use."
    I ran
    sudo nvidia-xconfig
    and got this result:
    Using X configuration file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf".

    VALIDATION ERROR: Data incomplete in file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
    Device section "Default Device" must have a Driver line.

    Backed up file '/etc/X11/xorg.conf' as '/etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup'
    New X configuration file written to '/etc/X11/xorg.conf'
    When I look at my xorg.conf file there indeed does not seem to be a "Default Device" line in the Device section:
    # nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
    # nvidia-xconfig: version 270.41.06 (buildmeister@swio-display-x86-rhel47-07.nvidia.com) Mon Apr 18 15:15:12 PDT 2011

    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "Layout0"
    Screen 0 "Screen0"
    InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    EndSection

    Section "Files"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier "Mouse0"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Protocol" "auto"
    Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier "Keyboard0"
    Driver "kbd"
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Monitor0"
    VendorName "Unknown"
    ModelName "Unknown"
    HorizSync 28.0 - 33.0
    VertRefresh 43.0 - 72.0
    Option "DPMS"
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Device0"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device "Device0"
    Monitor "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth 24
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    EndSubSection
    EndSection
    So what should I do? Should I edit the file and add in a Default Device line with a Driver? Does anyone have any ideas?
    Thanks,
    Erik.
    Last edited by groovomata; April 26th, 2011 at 04:21 AM.

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    Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver won't work on my PC

    Quote Originally Posted by groovomata View Post
    When I look at my xorg.conf file there indeed does not seem to be a "Default Device" line in the Device section:

    So what should I do? Should I edit the file and add in a Default Device line with a Driver? Does anyone have any ideas?
    Thanks,
    Erik.
    The file /etc/X11/xorg.conf does not need such a line.
    Your xorg.conf seems to be OK.

    So just reboot and Nvidia proprietary drivers are in use.
    Note, that installing these drivers will automatically blacklist nouveau even if those are installed.

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    Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver won't work on my PC

    Quote Originally Posted by groovomata View Post
    I'm trying out Natty, however I can login but only the 'classic' desktop. I have an Nvidia GeForce 7300, and was able to run cool graphics effects on previous versions. But now I'm getting something similar where when I try to activate the current version of the nvidia driver in the Additional Drivers window, it says "This driver is activated but not currently in use."
    I ran ...
    If your having issues running unity then you should approach from that viewpoint, what jockey says i wouldn't particularly pay any attention to. Here on all my installs it says the same thing and the nvidia-current drivers, compiz, unity, ect. are all fine. (inc. a 7800 AGP card
    It's most likely the drivers are installed for you - can you use any of the compiz effects in the Classic login?
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    Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver won't work on my PC

    Quote Originally Posted by matthewbpt View Post
    Yeap I tried running that too which created a Xorg.conf file, but I got the same result I'm afraid. (Maverick didn't need the Xorg.conf file with the nvidia driver anyway)
    Maverick needs that too, no exception there.
    To get Nvidia proprieatary drivers to work, you must run
    Code:
    sudo nvidia-xconfig
    .

    Of course if the file /etc/X1/xorg.conf has already been configured, you do not need to run that again (when updating nvidia-current).

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