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Thread: UbuntuStudio 12.04 x64 - Nvidia Drivers problem

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    Question UbuntuStudio 12.04 x64 - Nvidia Drivers problem

    Hi!
    I'm a new user of ubuntustudio on laptop Acer Aspire 4520G with SSD Crucial M4 128G.

    Please help - after install system i can see in "NVIDIA X Server Settings" version of drivers is 173.14.39.
    Once i try to update Nvidia Drivers trough "Additional Drivers" - after restart i can't login (after login my laptop is freeze).

    So question is:
    - i should update Nvidia drivers or no?
    - if it better to update - which versions of Nvidia drivers i should install?

    Big thanx.

    p.s. Regards from Ukraine.

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    Re: UbuntuStudio 12.04 x64 - Nvidia Drivers problem

    Give us
    Code:
    lspci -knn | grep VGA -A 5

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    Re: UbuntuStudio 12.04 x64 - Nvidia Drivers problem

    Sorry for late reply:

    unclesam@unclesam-Aspire-4520G:~$ lspci -knn | grep VGA -A 5
    02:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation G86M [GeForce 8400M G] [10de:0428] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0121]
    Kernel driver in use: nvidia
    Kernel modules: nvidia_173, nouveau, nvidiafb
    07:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Qualcomm Atheros AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:001c] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Quanta Microsystems, Inc Device [1a32:0105]

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    Re: UbuntuStudio 12.04 x64 - Nvidia Drivers problem

    You have Nvidia 8400M card, it works with the nvidia-current driver, and that is the one you should use.

    Purge the nvidia_173 driver, instal the nvidia-current

    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge nvidia-173
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

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    Re: UbuntuStudio 12.04 x64 - Nvidia Drivers problem

    Quote Originally Posted by jejeman View Post
    You have Nvidia 8400M card, it works with the nvidia-current driver, and that is the one you should use.

    Purge the nvidia_173 driver, instal the nvidia-current

    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge nvidia-173
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
    Dosent work = on login screen after i enter user & pass - freeze.
    Now i 'm just fully reinstall system.

    p.s. If i install Ubuntu 12.04 - same problem with video drivers - works only, if after installing system i don't touch any update for vide drivers.
    Last edited by sam28; March 4th, 2014 at 10:40 PM.

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    Re: UbuntuStudio 12.04 x64 - Nvidia Drivers problem

    Well, then use the nouveau driver. If you don't need 3D support there is no need to install proprietary driver.

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    Re: UbuntuStudio 12.04 x64 - Nvidia Drivers problem

    Here i read this "Version 173 of the Nvidia seems to be less troublesome. ... but no quick and total freezing, like with Nvidia current.".
    Please help.

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    Re: UbuntuStudio 12.04 x64 - Nvidia Drivers problem

    Quote Originally Posted by jejeman View Post
    Well, then use the nouveau driver. If you don't need 3D support there is no need to install proprietary driver.
    304 drivers will not work on my laptop?
    Last edited by sam28; March 5th, 2014 at 09:41 AM.

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    Re: UbuntuStudio 12.04 x64 - Nvidia Drivers problem

    there's a problem with the 8300 and 8400 card
    Newer (304) drivers are NOT working, use the 173 legacy drivers or nouveau
    It's a card problem, not an ubuntu or linux problem. I can't even update the windows drivers on my pc

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    Re: UbuntuStudio 12.04 x64 - Nvidia Drivers problem

    I didn't know about that specific problem with 8400m. Then you are better off with nouveau.

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