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    Re: Nvidia updates hosed my system

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    Closest I can find about your Kernel is this one: https://launchpad.net/~system76/+arc...build/19851655
    Which is a System76 built kernel.
    That is very interesting, because that has to be where my 5.4.7642 kernel is from. I pulled this SSD off of my old machine which was in fact a System76 (BIOS-only) machine dating from 2009.

    (And also very old by the looks of it)
    Yep.

    Do you have any PPAs?
    Yes (actually I have a bunch of them set up), but I deleted the graphics-drivers PPA and I still see the long list of nvidia updates every time I try to do the software updates. I can't seem to make it so they don't appear when I do updates.
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    Re: Nvidia updates hosed my system

    I've now recovered my sda drive using Timeshift. But now, every time I run the Software Updater, or whenever I run:

    sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

    on the command line, the whole suite of Nvidia upgrades (that originally caused me not to be able to login to my install) gets listed for updating, even though I've removed the Graphics Drivers PPA, and I've made sure that PPA is in neither /etc/apt/sources.list nor in /etc/apt/sources.list.d .

    These are the updates that caused my original problem of not being able to login, the first time I allowed them to upgrade.

    Later, after I'd recovered my NVMe drive, I again allowed those upgrades in (as a test, just to see what would happen this time), and the same thing happened.

    And I was able again at that time to recover my NVMe install with Timeshift.

    My question: How can I stop these nvidia upgrades from showing up every time I want to run a software upgrade?
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    Re: Nvidia updates hosed my system

    Bump.
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    Re: Nvidia updates hosed my system

    My question: How can I stop these nvidia upgrades from showing up every time I want to run a software upgrade?
    Use apt-mark hold <package-name-here>
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    sudo apt-mark hold nvidia-###
    replace ### with whatever the version is. Or replace nvidia-### with whatever the proper nvidia package name is.

    After that he package will show in the apt command line output as being held back.
    And in the update-manager/software updater, it will be shown but greyed out , unchecked and unclickable.
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    Re: Nvidia updates hosed my system

    Much appreciated. Re my System76 kernel (Linux 5.4.0-7642-generic), what would you (or anyone else here) do if you discovered you were running a System76 kernel on a non-System76 machine?

    Things seem to be working OK for the most part, but for all I know, there may be hazards to using this kernel. What kernel might it make sense to move to?
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    Re: Nvidia updates hosed my system

    if it is "working" okay, the question would be, why fix something that is not broke? If it was manually installed, then the path forward will upgrade your current line of kernels and it will be purged eventually on it's own... right?
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    Re: Nvidia updates hosed my system

    Quote Originally Posted by MAFoElffen View Post
    if it is "working" okay, the question would be, why fix something that is not broke?
    True, though for all I know, the fact that the batch of nvidia upgrades that made it so I couldn't get past the login screen could be related to this System76 kernel that I'm using on a non-System76 machine.

    However, unless I learn something more about how running this kernel is bad, I'll take your advice and leave it in place.

    If it was manually installed, then the path forward will upgrade your current line of kernels and it will be purged eventually on it's own... right?
    The only problem there is that I don't remember if it was manually installed or not. For now, I'll leave it.
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