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    Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module

    Sometimes when I boot I get the following problem.

    The system is running in low-graphics mode
    Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module

    What does this mean? Where should I be looking?

    This started happening about a month ago.

    I don't know whether it's relevant but because of my attempts to deal with this I now don't have an xorg.conf file.

    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    kernel is 3.2.0-53-generic
    hardware is bonp5

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    Re: Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module

    Ubuntu isn't designed to use an Xorg.conf file. That should reset your configuration.

    Try removing then reinstalling the nvidia driver.
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    Re: Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module

    This problem seems to come and go. While I have never reinstalled the nvidia driver explicitly (I wouldn't know how to), something must be doing that.

    A day or so ago Ubuntu upgraded itself to the 3.2.0-54-generic kernel and the problem started happening again. Is this plausible? Does the nvidia driver come with the kernel?

    How would I remove then reinstall the nvidia driver? Is it possible that there is a non-obvious way that I am causing this to occur behind the scenes?

    I don't know whether this is relevant or not but the laptop came with Ubuntu 11.10 and then I let it upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and I notice now that the relevant line in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/system76.list has been commented out with the comment "disabled on upgrade to precise". Is that badness? Is there something that I should be doing with that? If so, what are the commands? Do I just edit in order to uncomment?
    Last edited by Newbunto; October 1st, 2013 at 11:59 PM.

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    Re: Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module

    Just flailing around here but I found something called "Additional Drivers". That said that I was currently using

    NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version 304)

    I asked it to upgrade to

    NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version 319)

    The install required a restart. After the restart the problem did not occur. However I would be looking for a few more shutdown and startup cycles before thinking that the problem is fixed.

    Is any of this relevant?

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    Re: Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module

    A while ago there was a update that went slightly out of order and broke nvidia. Kinda... The fix is to totally remove and reinstall the nvidia drivers. You update probably fixed it as well, but...

    Another post about it is here.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2176311

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    Re: Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module

    Quote Originally Posted by houstonbofh View Post
    Your update probably fixed it as well
    It looked to me that updating from "304" to "319" removed "304" first and then installed "319" so probably had the same effect.

    Code:
    dpkg -l | grep -i nvidia
    shows nvidia-319 present and nvidia-304 not present.

    I note though that I still have nvidia-304-updates and nvidia-settings-304-updates. Should I be doing something about that?

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    Re: Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module

    I would purge them, but that is just me.

    Actually, I remove all nvidia totally, and reinstalled clean. Paranoid by profession.

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    Re: Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module

    Nothing wrong with paranoid, as long as it doesn't dictate your life!

    For future record, we're now supplying a "system76-driver-nvidia" package that will automatically keep your Nvidia driver up to date. It's available on 13.04 and up, and it's packaged in our PPA.
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    Re: Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module

    Quote Originally Posted by isantop View Post
    Nothing wrong with paranoid, as long as it doesn't dictate your life!

    For future record, we're now supplying a "system76-driver-nvidia" package that will automatically keep your Nvidia driver up to date. It's available on 13.04 and up, and it's packaged in our PPA.
    And you did that because you hate us LTS users, right?

    Actually, that is not a bad idea at all.

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    Re: Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module

    We just don't have the resources to rewrite all of the support modules for an OS that's over a year old.
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