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    Smile Installed Ubuntu Updates NVIDIA driver broken

    This is for Ubuntu Hardy 8.0.4

    I wanted to post this thread to list the steps I took to fix my NVIDIA driver.

    I have a recently clean install of Ubuntu, when the updates (Oct 15, 2008) were installed today and I did the mandatory reboot Ubuntu entered low graphics mode. Here are the steps I took.

    Rebooted into Live CD.

    Change directory to my xconf file.
    Code:
    cd /media/disk/etc/X11
    Code:
    gedit xorg.conf
    Looked for the line that had Driver and changed "nvidia" to "nv" so that I could boot into gnome.

    After booting into Gnome

    CTRL+ALT+F1
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
    The driver is on my Desktop so...
    Code:
    cd Desktop
    Code:
    chmod a+x NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-177.80-pkg2.run
    Installed the NVIDIA driver again
    Code:
    sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-177.80-pkg2.run
    I went thru the menus, clicking okay and yes on everything.
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
    Now everything works fine again.

    My question is why did I have to re-install the driver? Was it because of a kernel update?

    Also, is this the most efficient way to do this, or could I have accomplished this in a different way?

    Thanks and/or hope this helps someone. (recent Windows convert like myself especially)
    Last edited by AmbientOcclusion; October 16th, 2008 at 01:46 AM.

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    Re: Installed Ubuntu Updates NVIDIA driver broken

    This also just occured with Wine, any suggestions why?

    Although I haven't re-installed the NVIDIA drivers yet I am curious as to why this is...

    I upgraded Wine 1 to 1.1.6

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    Re: Installed Ubuntu Updates NVIDIA driver broken

    I got the updates as well, which included a new kernel and had the same problem. The problem is because the kernel module that was compiled when you initially installed the nvidia driver is now out of date. I resolved the problem in the manner you described above, since I needed the new 177.80 driver anyway. If you already had the driver, I think you can recompile and install the module by running:

    64-bit:
    Code:
    sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-177.80-pkg2.run -K
    32-bit:
    Code:
    sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-177.80-pkg1.run -K
    Either way, the update requires a recompile of the kernel module, no matter which way you install it.

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    Re: Installed Ubuntu Updates NVIDIA driver broken

    Yeah if you use anything other than the restricted driver manager in Ubuntu, every kernel update and sometimes after xserver updates, You'll have to recompile the driver.
    "You can't expect to hold supreme executive power just because some watery tart lobbed a sword at you"

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    Re: Installed Ubuntu Updates NVIDIA driver broken

    Quote Originally Posted by Tofus View Post
    I got the updates as well, which included a new kernel and had the same problem. The problem is because the kernel module that was compiled when you initially installed the nvidia driver is now out of date. I resolved the problem in the manner you described above, since I needed the new 177.80 driver anyway. If you already had the driver, I think you can recompile and install the module by running:

    64-bit:
    Code:
    sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-177.80-pkg2.run -K
    32-bit:
    Code:
    sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-177.80-pkg1.run -K
    Either way, the update requires a recompile of the kernel module, no matter which way you install it.
    Thanks Tofus and Jerome.
    That seems more efficient. When I did the re-install it did display a message that it detected the previous driver.

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    Re: Installed Ubuntu Updates NVIDIA driver broken

    after the little insident I had today with the new kernel: http://phun-ky.net/2008/10/fix-for-f...dule-on-ubuntu , I cant log onto woW with Wine, or any other game. I can log in , choose character, but the loadscreen stalls at 100% and nothing happens.. anyone that's got similar problem? I suspect the nvidia driver..

    How do I fix this? The latest nvidia driver is recompiled..


    solved it. installed the latest wine. http://winehq.org/site/download-deb
    Last edited by phun-ky; October 16th, 2008 at 08:00 PM. Reason: solved

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    Re: Installed Ubuntu Updates NVIDIA driver broken

    Thanks for that. I have had problems with previous wine installs.

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