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Old 06-13-2013, 02:57 PM   #1
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Running Gnome 2 In Debian Wheezy but would like ability to run Gnome 3


I was running Gnome 3 with a blinking screen until I installed the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT drivers. The screen no longer blinks but I now can only run Gnome 2, albeit, Gnome 2 looks nice.

Since the Gnome 3 desktop is software I chose this forum.
 
Old 06-13-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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Which drivers have you installed and how did you do that?
 
Old 06-13-2013, 06:40 PM   #3
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First you are not running Gnome 2 in Debian Wheezy. You are either running Gnome 3 fallback or MATE. Unless you installed MATE yourself or someone did it for you you are not running MATE so it stands to reason you are running Gnome 3 in fallback mode.

Second, it would be extremely helpful if you gave us information about your machine. Things like gpu (if it has one what is it), cpu, motherboard, RAM, etc etc etc. Gnome 3 will not run easily, if at all, on older hardware and Gnome will revert back to fallback mode (looks like, but is not, the old Gnome 2).
 
Old 06-13-2013, 10:45 PM   #4
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Which drivers have you installed and how did you do that?
Driver: NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-260.19.29.run got at the source http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-d...29-driver.html
-Installed when on Gnome 3 my screen was blinking, I stopped xwindows, entered command line to install drivers, every second screen blinked and got message
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 [drm] nouveau 0000:01:00.0 : no native mode, forcing panel scaling
(it appears driver conflicts were causing the errors and the blinking) nonetheless the driver ran (while the computer spit error messages in the driver text output) and it modified a .conf file (caught that between blinks). The result: on reboot the sreen stopped blinking and I got a clean/clear fallback to Gnome 2 ... it won't go back to Gnome 3 when I change the desktops between Gnome and Classic Gnome when logging in.
I will continue this in a second post detailing my system specs coming shortly, hopefully.
 
Old 06-13-2013, 11:23 PM   #5
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it would be extremely helpful if you gave us information about your machine
ok, here you go:
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Things like gpu (if it has one what is it)
GeForce 9800 GT Graphics card has GPU brand Nvidia GPU name G92 with 1 GB GDDR3 , note: my Core i5-2500k has Intel HD Graphics 3000
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cpu,
as mentioned: a nice Intel Core i5-2500k , quadcore 3.3 Ghz, 6 MB cache, unlocked cpu
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motherboard
a lovely Gigabyte z68x-UD4-B3
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RAM,
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 16 GB
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etc etc etc.
an old DVD drive taken out of an old HP Pavillion that wouldn't turn on, a Black Widow 850 W power supply, oh, and a fresh 1 TB WD Green Internal Desktop HDD, and a Toshiba TV for a monitor.
I put almost the whole thing together myself and I'm not done with it ... it is a work in progress.

Last edited by DavidLee1A; 06-13-2013 at 11:33 PM.
 
Old 06-14-2013, 12:54 AM   #6
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Try installing this driver instead http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-d...23-driver.html
 
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Why didn't you just use the driver from the repositories and instead opted to install a much older driver? I would remove that driver and use the drivers from the repositories.
 
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:09 AM   #8
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Why didn't you just use the driver from the repositories and instead opted to install a much older driver?
All I can say is I didn't realize there was a newer driver on the web at the time. (I should have been more thorough)
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I would remove that driver and use the drivers from the repositories.
You mean stop xwindows, install the new driver, restart the computer? You mean this "repository" : http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-d...23-driver.html ?

I just want to verify that I am interpreting what both of you said correctly. I'm actually thrilled that there is a more current driver!
 
Old 06-14-2013, 08:14 AM   #9
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No, TobiSGD meant the drivers in the debian repos (I assume anyway, sorry if thats incorect).

Here is the debian how to install NVIDIA Proprietary Drivers-

http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers
 
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:34 AM   #10
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No, TobiSGD meant the drivers in the debian repos (I assume anyway, sorry if thats incorect).

Here is the debian how to install NVIDIA Proprietary Drivers-

http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers
That is exactly what I meant, I should have made that more clear, sorry.
 
Old 06-14-2013, 08:48 AM   #11
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Oh. Which should I use? NVIDIA dates 5/23/13 and the Debian page is "last edited 2013-06-08 20:07:40 by GeoffSimmons"

edit: will try the Debian page

Last edited by DavidLee1A; 06-14-2013 at 08:52 AM. Reason: just saw TobiSGD's reply
 
Old 06-14-2013, 09:01 AM   #12
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The driver from the Nvidia page is newer, the driver from Debian's repository is tested and packaged for your OS. I would go for the latter, since I doubt that there were serious improvements for this quite old card in the newer driver.
 
Old 06-14-2013, 11:18 AM   #13
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SUCCESS! +1 for the people on this thread, linuxquestions.org, and Debian!
 
  


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