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Old 04-02-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Black TTYs after Nvidia 304.84 Driver Starts


Installed Nvidia 304.84 driver; no probs. X starts with 'startx' and functions as expected. BUT, when X starts all tty's go black, as seen with Ctrl-Alt-Fn. Stay black after exit from X. No err messages in /var/log/messages or Xorg.0.log. TTY's respond to commands, just no character echo.

Anyone seen this? Got a fix? Nvidia tech service seems baffled.
 
Old 04-02-2013, 03:16 PM   #2
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I'm seeing the same thing on Debian Sid 64 bit running a self-compiled 3.8.5 Kernel and the 304.84 nVIDIA drivers from the repositories.
I had wondered whether it was the result of my kernel updating, and couldn't find any recent reports from a google, so was holding off posting in case it was my mistake.
A few posts going back to last year on Ubuntu forums suggest this has happened to people running Ubuntu (but I don't know which version of drivers) and some on Gentoo forums suggest it's happened with previous driver versions.
I've a GT 640 if that matters.

Edit: I'm seeing the same thing on the 3.2.0-4-amd64 kernel provided by the Sid repos.

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Old 04-02-2013, 04:20 PM   #3
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it has been my experience that the 304 driver is VERY BUGGY

it has some nasty opengl2 bugs
fixed in 310 and 313

is this a slack install ?
is in what operating system and it's version are you using .

Was "nouveau" installed and used ?
if so you MUST uninstall and or blacklist it
AND
rebuild the boot image WITHOUT nouveau

then you can run the nvidia.run
 
Old 04-03-2013, 10:28 AM   #4
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Well, Sid just updated the driver to 304.88 and I have my ttys back so that would suggest it is a bug in 304.84.
 
Old 04-03-2013, 02:48 PM   #5
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I can also confirm that 304.88 resolves this.
 
Old 04-05-2013, 03:16 PM   #6
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This kooks like a promising lead...the first one I've seen I might add. As soon as I can I'm going to get 304.88 abd give it a try, assuming that 'nvidia-install --uninstall' doesn't hose my system.

It's gotta be better that going back to an earlier version, which was my last ditch plan.

Thanks to everyone.
 
Old 04-09-2013, 03:24 PM   #7
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Well, upgrading to 304.88 gave me back my tty's!

Thanks to everyone for the help.
 
Old 04-09-2013, 03:37 PM   #8
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Glad to hear it and don't forget to mark the thread solved.
 
Old 04-09-2013, 03:38 PM   #9
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Just saw this thread.

apt-listbugs flagged this issue when I was upgrading to the .84 version last week, so I held it until the fix was released.

It is well worth having installed when running testing/sid.
 
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I'd not heard of that descendant_command -- am I right in thinking you just install it and it reports the bugs when you run upgrade or dist-upgrade?
 
Old 04-10-2013, 03:40 AM   #11
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Correct.
Obviously, it only catches bugs that have been reported already, so it is not a magic bullet, but it is a good tool that has saved me some bother on numerous occasions.
 
  


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