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When I run x.org my screen turns black and I can't do anything. I try to return to CLI with Ctl-Alt-F1, but that won't even work. I can use x by switching back to the nv driver, but I can't play bzflag with that.
Yeah, I've seen they do, and I think it's related to where the nvidia installer puts stuff after installation. There's an argument you feed the installer to make it install modules in the normal debian place. I think it's something like sh NVIDIA-blah blah --x-module-path=/usr/lib/xorg/modules/ or the like...
Well, I used the nvidia installer and it seems to have added to my problems. I have the same issues with the screen turning black and me losing the computer, but now I can't start X.org with the nv driver and I can't access the internet anymore. Any solutions?
You already used the proper commands for the module-assistant. Look at your xorg.cong in the modules section and make sure that your reconfigure of the xserver-xorg commented out the Load "dri" line like this and included the Load "glx".
If the GLCore is there make sure that is commented out as well. Now if these are then start with nvidia for the driver let it fail now when you reboot use the recovery option and copy the /var/log/Xorg.0.log file to a backup then change back to the nv in the X file. Now once booted post the backed up copy of the file it is rather big so put it into two posts and while your posting include the xorg.conf that you are using. In addition the output of this command would be nice to see as well.
>$ COLUMNS=125 dpkg -l | grep nvidia
ii nvidia-glx 1.0.9625-1 NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x driver
ii nvidia-glx-dev 1.0.9625-1 NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x / Xorg driver development files
ii nvidia-kernel-2.6.18-ck1- 1.0.9625-1+2.6.18-ck1-smp NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux 2.6.18-ck1-smp
ii nvidia-kernel-common 20051028+1 NVIDIA binary kernel module common files
ii nvidia-kernel-source 1.0.9625-1 NVIDIA binary kernel module source
ii nvidia-settings 1.0+20060516-1 Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
You should see similar for your version of the driver installed and if using the 9625 then make sure that nothing is loading the eeprom module or it will not start.