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I did an update and an upgrade the other day and screwed something up.
Any suggestions on how I can fix this?
$ uname -a
Linux debian 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Wed Jan 12 03:40:32 UTC 2011 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Error: API mismatch: the NVIDIA kernel module has version 195.36.31, but this NVIDIA driver component has version 260.19.44. Please make sure that the kernel module and all NVIDIA driver components have the same version.
You can't mix the Debian Nvidia packages and the installer you download from Nvidia themselves.
I would remove all Nvidia packages installed on the system and start from scratch,using one method.
This is why you are getting the error message you posted.
This just happened to me. I'm using Ubuntu 12.04, and had installed the proprietary nvidia driver. Here's what I did:
I did an 'apt-get remove nvidia-*'. This removed all the nvidia drivers. I also noticed it uninstalled 'ubuntu-desktop'. I thought, wait a minute, I want ubuntu-desktop, so then I did an 'apt-get install ubuntu-desktop'. This installed as a dependency nvidia-common. at this point I rebooted, and voila I had graphics again.