View Full Version : [ubuntu] 11.04 Message: "Nvidia Driver is Activated But Not Being Used"?

June 12th, 2011, 01:27 PM
What gives here?

After countless failed installs, and a memory and motherboard replacement, I finally got 11.04 working. So I then installed the latest proprietary Nvidia driver for the 7950 GT card in my desktop. Now I'm getting this (IMO) ridiculous Alice in Wonderland-esque message.

What's the next step? A Google search shows much frustration and confusion and head scratching but no definitive answer. Anyone?

June 12th, 2011, 01:33 PM

I just installed Ubuntu 11.04 on an old Sony Vaio laptop and have the exact same message.

June 12th, 2011, 02:24 PM
Despite the message it's installed & working. You wouldn't be able to get into Unity, Gnome 3.0 shell or use compiz if it weren't.

June 12th, 2011, 02:59 PM
OK, I just installed Wine and got Quake 3 working, so apparently I do have 3D acceleration.

As far as desktop effects go, I don't see any (except for a slight shadow underneath open windows) nor do I see any way to enable them.

But anyway, I appreciate the answer to my original question, thanks.

June 12th, 2011, 03:18 PM
I'm guessing you are using the Unity desktop, the effects are controlled by compiz & to be honest I don't currently use it but I think you'll probably have to install the compiz config settings manager (ccsm), I don't think it is included by default.

You are welcome BTW, that message had me a little concerned initially as well. :)

June 12th, 2011, 06:04 PM
You are not alone. It's a known bug:


On my system:

$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce 8400 GS/PCI/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 270.41.06

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity supported: yes...and...

$ sudo lshw -C display
description: VGA compatible controller
product: G86 [GeForce 8400 GS]
vendor: nVidia Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
version: a1
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
resources: irq:18 memory:fd000000-fdffffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:fa000000-fbffffff ioport:dc00(size=128) memory:feae0000-feafffff...and...