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    Re: HowTo: NViDIA 185.18 Drivers in Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by tinivole View Post
    the file 'xorg.conf' doesn't exist on your system.
    Running:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
    or
    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    should restore it.


    What are you talking about?
    Seems I got xorg.conf.original and xorg.conf.failsafe mixed up. Sorry -- Brain segfault.

    jdb2
    Last edited by jdb2; July 10th, 2009 at 04:47 PM.

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    Re: HowTo: NViDIA 185.18 Drivers in Ubuntu

    I have (among a bunch of other updated packages) the latest 185.18.14 version (for the moment) of the nvidia driver as packages in my repo for ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty) for anyone who like to give it a try and don't want to mess around installing development packages, fiddling with Xorg shutdown and compiling.

    You find my repo at the url in my signature and at the site you also find instructions on how to add the repo if you have any problems with that.

    Have fun!
    My repository (PPA) for Ubuntu: https://launchpad.net/~philip5
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    Re: HowTo: NViDIA 185.18 Drivers in Ubuntu

    Phillip: thats more of what I was looking for! I added the repos, but I still can't see the driver in Synaptic. Am I missing something?

    Edit: nevermind... sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx-185... hope it works.
    Last edited by ROY.G.BIV; July 10th, 2009 at 10:08 PM.

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    Re: HowTo: NViDIA 185.18 Drivers in Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by ROY.G.BIV View Post
    Phillip: thats more of what I was looking for! I added the repos, but I still can't see the driver in Synaptic. Am I missing something?
    Did you do a "Reload" in Synaptic or a 'sudo apt-get update' in a terminal ?

    jdb2

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    Re: HowTo: NViDIA 185.18 Drivers in Ubuntu

    I searched for it: apt-cache search nvidia 185 and found it that way... so I guess it wasn't really synaptic.

    Anyway, drivers re-installed, comp rebooted. And I still can't set nvidia settings. Same old story:

    Code:
    $ nvidia-xconfig
    
    Using X configuration file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf".
    
    VALIDATION ERROR: Data incomplete in file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
                      At least one Device section is required.
    
    
    ERROR: Unable to write to directory '/etc/X11'.
    What now?

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    Re: HowTo: NViDIA 185.18 Drivers in Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by ROY.G.BIV View Post
    I searched for it: apt-cache search nvidia 185 and found it that way... so I guess it wasn't really synaptic.

    Anyway, drivers re-installed, comp rebooted. And I still can't set nvidia settings. Same old story:

    Code:
    $ nvidia-xconfig
    
    Using X configuration file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf".
    
    VALIDATION ERROR: Data incomplete in file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
                      At least one Device section is required.
    
    
    ERROR: Unable to write to directory '/etc/X11'.
    What now?
    For one thing, you have to have superuser privileges in order to modify /etc/X11/xorg.conf -- Try 'sudo nvidia-xconfig'

    jdb2

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    Re: HowTo: NViDIA 185.18 Drivers in Ubuntu

    I got it! What I did was: sudo rm -rf /etc/X11/xorf.conf* then I was able to run gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf to fix my broken xorg.conf file. I saved, and then I refreshed, it picked up my stuff automatically. Aftrer that, sudo nvidia-xconfig still gave me an error, but it was slightly different. This time it almost did the right thing. So I thought about it... and I remembered something that I did using a different method; I changed my /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common file to exclude modules using "nv". So I erased that, ran nvidia-xconfig again, and presto! After resetting X, I now have a GPU driver!

    Geez.. that was easy...

    Thanks everyone for the help. I knew it something i did that messed it up, I'm glad I figured out what. It was driving me nuts.

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    Re: HowTo: NViDIA 185.18 Drivers in Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by ROY.G.BIV View Post
    I got it! What I did was: sudo rm -rf /etc/X11/xorf.conf* then I was able to run gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf to fix my broken xorg.conf file. I saved, and then I refreshed, it picked up my stuff automatically. Aftrer that, sudo nvidia-xconfig still gave me an error, but it was slightly different. This time it almost did the right thing. So I thought about it... and I remembered something that I did using a different method; I changed my /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common file to exclude modules using "nv". So I erased that, ran nvidia-xconfig again, and presto! After resetting X, I now have a GPU driver!

    Geez.. that was easy...

    Thanks everyone for the help. I knew it something i did that messed it up, I'm glad I figured out what. It was driving me nuts.
    And the moral of the story is: Not everything that gets outputted from a command is an error.

    FYI, the second time you ran nvidia-xconfig mostly likely did nothing as it set everything up the first time you ran it.

    Regards
    Iain

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    Re: HowTo: NViDIA 185.18 Drivers in Ubuntu

    Hi Tivoli,

    I've tried this on my Dell m1530 XPS laptop running Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty running on 64 bit.

    My nVidia card is GeForce 8600 GT M , I believe.

    After loading the nvidia driver in ttyl and after doing nvidia-xconfig and restarting (or logging out) I'm getting 'Unable to start X server' message and I've tried doing every thing from scratch three times already and still no success.

    I'm posting the nvidia-bug-report.log per your suggestion.

    Please advise.
    Thanks
    -S
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    Re: HowTo: NViDIA 185.18 Drivers in Ubuntu

    Sorry for messup with your name , Tinivole
    -S

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