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Old 05-08-2011, 08:31 PM   #1
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nvidia broke after update


Thanks to all
This is a great site

I don't seem to be able to launch the nvidia module.

It is installed with

# apt-get update
# m-a clean nvidia-kernel-source
# m-a purge --force nvidia-kernel-source
# m-a prepare
# apt-get install nvidia-kernel-source/unstable
# m-a a-i nvidia-kernel-source

All seems to be fine, the build and install is successful, but launching xorg fails.

The log shows, well not what it use to since my last attempt. Now it is trying to load several other drivers before it defaults to the vesa driver. But that may not be the case if I reenable xorg.conf. It was saying something about not being able to "open" the nvidia module. Not that it was not there but it was not able to read it, like the permissions were not right. I checked the permissions and they are 644. A different debian install I have on the same machine has those same permissions.

Anyway I am at a loss at this point.

Does anybody have any ideas?

Thanks
 
Old 05-08-2011, 08:38 PM   #2
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Can you manually modprobe the nvidia module to install it? If that fails, perhaps the error messages will give some clue as to what is going wrong.
 
Old 05-08-2011, 08:42 PM   #3
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I've had similar problems in the past, usually due to the wrong kernel and/or xorg modules being loaded.

Please post your xorg.conf and the Xorg.0.log files, and the output of

Code:
dpkg -l '*nv*'|grep ^ii
lsmod | grep nv
ls -al /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/nvidia
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:19 PM   #4
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Thanks plpl303a

modprobe returns with no error.

evo2

The nv and the new fancy one are not installed and have not been in a very long time.

dpkg -l '*nv*'|grep ^ii returns

Code:
ii  nvidia-common                            20110426+1                      NVIDIA binary graphics driver support files
ii  nvidia-kernel-2.6.32-5-amd64             195.36.31+2+4+2.6.32-24         NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64
ii  nvidia-kernel-2.6.38-2-amd64             270.41.06-1+2.6.38-4            NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux 2.6.38-2-amd64
ii  nvidia-kernel-common                     20110426+1                      NVIDIA binary kernel module support files
ii  nvidia-kernel-source                     270.41.06-1                     NVIDIA binary kernel module source
ii  nvidia-settings                          195.36.24-1                     Tool for configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
ii  nvidia-vdpau-driver                      270.41.06-1                     NVIDIA vdpau driver
ii  nvidia-vdpau-driver-ia32                 270.41.06-1                     NVIDIA vdpau 32-bit driver
ii  nvidia-xconfig                           260.19.44-1                     X configuration tool for non-free NVIDIA drivers
All the nvidia modules have been forced to the highest version available in unstable.

Code:
# lsmod | grep nv
nvidia              10082726  0 
i2c_core               23725  3 nvidia,videodev,i2c_nforce2
sata_nv                26519  5 
libata                147240  3 ata_generic,pata_amd,sata_nv
Again showing that the module is there.

Code:
# ls -al /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/nvidia
total 15636
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root     4096 May  8 11:08 .
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root     4096 May  8 20:01 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 15981362 May  8 11:06 nvidia.ko
Also showing that the module is there.

Any other ideas?
 
Old 05-08-2011, 09:32 PM   #5
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The actual log (when my xorg.conf is enabled) says

(WW) Warning, couldn't open module nvidia
..
..
(EE) Failed to load module "nvidia" (module does not exist, 0)
 
Old 05-08-2011, 09:35 PM   #6
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You seem to have the kernel driver but are missing the xorg driver "nvidia-glx".

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Old 05-09-2011, 05:15 AM   #7
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Thanks evo2

From synaptic when I try to install nvidia-glx I get

Code:
nvidia-glx:
 Depends: libgl1-nvidia-glx (= 260.19.44-1)
 Depends: xorg-video-abi-8 or
	xorg-video-abi-6.0 or
 	xserver-xorg-core (<2:1.7.7) but 2:1.10.1-2 is to be installed
I know there is a way to force the install but I don't know how. There does no appear to be a way in synaptic. Is that an apt-get thing? Checking man. The only thing I found was the force option for apt-get. Google.
 
Old 05-09-2011, 05:56 AM   #8
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I think you could run into problems mixing xorg from unstable onto your predominantly stable install. Is there any reason you can't use the version in stable?
There is a reason why you shouldn't force install packages.

Evo2.

---------- Post added 2011-05-09 at 19:56 ----------

I think you could run into problems mixing xorg from unstable onto your predominantly stable install. Is there any reason you can't use the version in stable?
There is a reason why you shouldn't force install packages.

Evo2.
 
Old 05-09-2011, 06:28 AM   #9
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I am/was using the unstable module because the one in testing was broken for quite some time. Testing did not contain all the necessary depends and the only way to fix it at that time was from sid. I have not tried to down grade to the version in testing but I can wait a little while to see if the nvidia-glx and depends show up in sid to fix it. If not I will go through the hassle of downgrading.

Thanks
 
Old 05-09-2011, 10:23 PM   #10
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One other thought... You don't happen to have the nouveau driver installed do you?
 
Old 05-10-2011, 06:08 AM   #11
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Thanks plpl303a

That was a good thought but nouveau is not installed.

I did get it fixed. Nvidia, that is, but kde is still trashed. Nvidia-glx showed up in the repos yesterday and once that was installed that part of my problems went away.

Kde give be a white or black screen on some of my desktops, about half of the programs have the same white/black background. The content is there because the pop up info boxes show if you hold the mouse over them. I tried reinstalling everything kde as far as the core system goes but that did not help.

One thing I have noticed is that when I unlock the desktop there seems to be a pinkish tint to the screen for a short time just after waking the computer up that was never there before.

The update also hosed my wired (eth1) network. I am unable to get eth1 to get an ipv4 address. Setting a static ip in /etc/network/interfaces does not work. So far the only way I have been able to give it an ipv4 is with " ifconfig eth1 x.x.x.x up " but it will not ping anything except the local host. I am not sure that the routes are getting setup like they should. Also when the wire is pluged in the wireless connection goes haywire and keeps trying to reestablish a connection. So it appears that something in the new network auto-config is malfunctioning.

Anyway Thanks.
 
  


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