[Techtalk] nvidia mystery

Jennifer oneferna at gmail.com
Sat Mar 1 02:07:37 UTC 2008

I have used nvidia+linux for awhile now. In ubuntu I use to use automatix
(which some people think is dangerous) but lately gutsy has nvidia drivers
in the Synaptic Package Manager. But from your link, you have the same
drivers I do. Weird.

Oh one thing, did you enable restricted drivers? Go to
System>Admin>Restricted Drivers Manager and make sure nvidia is checked off
and in use.

On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 8:32 PM, Michelle M <michelle at murrain.net> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I upgraded my LCD monitor from an ancient 15" to a 22" widescreen, and I
> have been having all sorts of problems. I'm running Ubuntu Gutsy.
> I suspect that it is because I never actually had the nVidia drivers
> installed properly, and since it didn't matter for my monitor, I never
> noticed it. Now that I need it, I'm running into trouble.
> I have onboard video, an Asus motherboard, with this GeForce: nVidia
> Corporation C51PV [GeForce 6150]
> I went and got the most recent version of the nvidia drivers
> (NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12-pkg1.run) I installed this, and had no errors.
> But I already had a bunch of nvidia packages installed. (See
> http://pearlbear.pastebin.com/m112517e9) I wonder if this was part of my
> mistake. I wonder if there is a conflict?
> On startup, I get this:
> (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module! Please
> ensure
> (EE) NVIDIA(0):     that there is a supported NVIDIA GPU in this system,
> and
> (EE) NVIDIA(0):     that the NVIDIA device files have been created
> properly.
> (EE) NVIDIA(0):     Please consult the NVIDIA README for details.
> (EE) NVIDIA(0):  *** Aborting ***
> If I use an xorg.conf that uses the "nv" driver, instead of the "nvidia"
> driver, I get halfway passible video, but not what I need (max is
> 1240x720)
> Googling around hasn't yeilded much, except maybe something with udev?
> Which I totally don't understand.
> When I do a 'modprobe nvidia' I don't get any errors. Restarting X at
> that point is generally disasterous.
> Anyway, any suggestions welcome. I'm stumped!
> Peace,
> Michelle
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