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    yet another nvidia problem... unable to uninstall nvidia-glx

    I've recently installed some ubuntustudio packages, which in turn required me to upgrade my kernel from 2.6.24-16-generic to 2.6.24-16-rt, which in turn broke my nvidia drivers.

    I followed a set of instructions here on the forums:
    sudo gedit /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common
    DISABLED_MODULES="nv nv_new"
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential gcc gcc-4.1 xserver-xorg-dev
    sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia-glx nvidia-glx-new nvidia-settings nvidia-kernel-common
    sudo rm /etc/init.d/nvidia-* 
    sudo rm /lib/linux-restricted-modules/.nvidia_new_installed
    Logout > Ctrl-Alt-F1 and switch to a tty
     sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
     sudo ln -sf /usr/bin/gcc-4.1 /usr/bin/gcc
     sudo sh
     sudo ln -sf /usr/bin/gcc-4.2 /usr/bin/gcc
     sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
    found here:

    following the initial steps then switching to tty, stopping gdm and proceeding to reinstall the nvidia beta drivers... my life becomes hell.

    The new nvidia driver couldn't compile a new kernel module for my kernel because removing nvidia-kernel-common also removed a lot of ther kernel files...

    So, after roughly 2 hours of trying to figure out how to fix this problem (I'm still rather new to *nix so solving problems via tty is umm, hard lol) from a command line, I finally get things up and running again with the new beta drivers.

    Except now, I cannot remove nvidia-glx, through synaptic or through the terminal. I get the following error (I've tried apt-get remove and purge... mark for removal and mark for complete removal):

    keldek@System-X:~$ sudo apt-get remove nvidia-glx
    [sudo] password for keldek: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    The following packages will be REMOVED:
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    1 not fully installed or removed.
    After this operation, 22.4MB disk space will be freed.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    (Reading database ... 173686 files and directories currently installed.)
    Removing nvidia-glx ...
    dpkg-divert: rename involves overwriting `/usr/lib/xorg/modules/' with
      different file `/usr/lib/nvidia/', not allowed
    dpkg: error processing nvidia-glx (--remove):
     subprocess post-removal script returned error exit status 2
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
    I don't know if this will cause me trouble down the line, or if it's safe to ignore (though I would really rather NOT ignore it heh).

    Has anyone experienced this problem before? If so, how did you go about resolving the issue?

    Thanks in advance for any help

    Edit: Well, this doesn't seem to be an issue I can just ignore, as I am unable to install or remove any other packages until I can resolve this problem. apt-get and synaptic attempt to remove nvidia-glx before doing anything else, and when it fails nothing else completes. Again, any and all help on this matter is greatly appreciated.
    Last edited by Keldek; May 15th, 2008 at 04:16 AM.


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