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    Lightbulb HOWTO: Fix window titlebar drawing problems with NVIDIA gfx using 180.08 beta driver

    OK, as of today the latest NVIDIA drivers are 177 in the repos. This causes a bug with the new Intrepid Kernel causing the window title bars on some systems to draw incorrectly. It tends to be an intermittent problem. This is a temporary fix using the NVIDIA 180.08 beta drivers.


    Go to:
    http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show....php?p=1847941

    Download the file you need for your architecture. It's NVIDIA-Linux-x86-180.08-pkg1.run for x86.

    Close all applications and save everything.

    CTRL+ALT+F1.

    Log in. Then run "sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop" to kill you XWindows session.

    Go into the directory where you put the driver and run

    "sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-180.08-pkg1.run" or the relevant command if you downloaded the 64-bit version.

    It will try to download a module, then ultimately recompile a new one.

    When you log back into XWindows, the new driver should be active and the window drawing problem gone.

    Hopefully NVIDIA will release a finished driver that will find its way into the repos soon.

    If you want to go back to you old driver, you can do it using System / Administration / Hardware Drivers. It will still display the old one active in there, just swap to a different one, activate it, then swap back.

    Good luck!!

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    Re: HOWTO: Fix window titlebar drawing problems with NVIDIA gfx using 180.08 beta dri

    Thanks a lot for this posting. A bit "tricky" for someone only used to GUIs, but seems to work. Which is great!

    Andreas

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    Re: HOWTO: Fix window titlebar drawing problems with NVIDIA gfx using 180.08 beta dri

    The "twitchy" artifacts in the window titlebars was bothering me too.
    Your post worked fine and fixed it for me . . very simple, very easy.
    Just a small addition for those (like me) not too used to using the command line in a Terminal.
    To get XWindows running again you log back into XWindows with:
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
    One question: When I go to SYSTEM > Administration > Hardware Drivers
    it shows I still have nVIDIA Driver ver 177 "activated" . . should I deactivate it now that I have ver 180.08 installed ? ?

    Edit: Just re-read your post. The old drive stay "active", and as you say - to use it again, just active one of the others listed and then go back and re-activate the ver 177 driver - thanks again. Good info
    Last edited by TunaCanTommy; November 26th, 2008 at 09:44 PM. Reason: Re-read your post . .

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    Re: HOWTO: Fix window titlebar drawing problems with NVIDIA gfx using 180.08 beta dri

    Thanks Ryukent, that worked fine for me too.

    I had an issue following the kernel update this morning, this caused my laptop to boot into safe graphics mode.

    The fix was to just follow your instructions again to rebuild the driver for the new kernel and it is now working correctly again.

    Cheers

    John

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    Re: HOWTO: Fix window titlebar drawing problems with NVIDIA gfx using 180.08 beta dri

    Yes, I had that problem too. Because the install script compiles a module for the specific Kernel you're running, if you update the Kernel, you need to run it again to recompile a new one. Hopefully this will be sorted when the official driver is released in the repositories.

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    Re: HOWTO: Fix window titlebar drawing problems with NVIDIA gfx using 180.08 beta dri

    after compiling the driver , system failed to start with the last driver and its working with low graphic mode.
    i switch to version 177 then restart but the same happend again.
    is it any way to remove the version 180 from the system and get back to the old configuration.

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    Re: HOWTO: Fix window titlebar drawing problems with NVIDIA gfx using 180.08 beta dri

    I'm getting a slight problem...

    when I type

    Code:
    sudo sh NVIDIA-linux-x86-180.08-pkg1.run
    it tells me:

    Code:
    Sh: couldn't open NVIDIA-linux-x86-180.08-pkg1.run
    or something similar anyway

    EDIT:


    Missed out the capital letter from Linux
    Last edited by kamitsukai; November 29th, 2008 at 05:23 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Fix window titlebar drawing problems with NVIDIA gfx using 180.08 beta dri

    Abdul - you can run it with --uninstall to uninstall, but it probably won't uninstall it properly. The problem might have been caused by an updated Kernel. Have you tried just running it again and making sure that you let it create a configuration file (one of the last options)???

    If not, try

    Removing all nvidia packages (except for xserver-xorg-video-nv). Then restart. It should run the default X.Org nvdia driver. If you still have problems or want to run 177 (with the bugs bugs), in synaptic, mark libgl1-mesa-glx for force reinstall.

    Then at the command prompt, run

    sudo rm /usr/lib/nvidia/libGL.so.1.2.xlibmesa
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx-177

    That should take you right back to the dodgy 177 driver.

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    Re: HOWTO: Fix window titlebar drawing problems with NVIDIA gfx using 180.08 beta dri

    i recompile again with the new kernel, its working perfect now.
    Thanks a lot

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