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Because I tried ubuntu packages, and they gave problems. There are three possible drivers. New, normal and old. New and normal did not seem to work (X starts, but with a crazy resolution and refresh frequency). Old seemed to work (as I said earlier in the post), and with this I mean that X starts correctly with a correct resolution and refresh, but when I tried to run games requiring the accelerated graphics, they failed to initialize the video mode.
Now everything works correctly, and seeing the amount of stuff that "envy" does in the process of installing the driver, I thing that I would have never managed to do it myself. I don't know why Ubuntu is so complicated, in other distribution this drivers do install like a breeze...
However, as i said, using "envy" solved the problem. Thanks to Alberto Milone. :-)
I only have one small final question. When I turn my computer on, at first X starts still in a crazy way (with a strange refresh frequency that cause the screen to tremble). I go into "nvidia settings" and change the screen refresh frequency, and everything works fine. It seems to override whichever setting is in "sistem settings".
But I can't save this setting made via "nvidia settings", and have to do it every time I turn my conputer on.
Distribution: Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) Server & Desktop
Originally Posted by iqbala
So I tried to install from NVIDIA installer, like explained by CITguy. Everything seemed OK. It compiled the kernel module and configured Xorg.conf.
But at the moment of loading KDE after reboot, it failed, giving a message such as
ERROR: you have driver nvidia xxx installed but the kernel module is not matching it (I quote by heart, I don't have a copy of the exact message".
So I uninstalled the driver, and tried an older version that I know used to work with my card.
It did not even finish to compile the kernel module, saying "Error: the module could not be compiled"
Any hint? It seems most strange especially the first error: the module has been compiled by the installer, so why is it mismatching?
Or may be it did not actually recompile the kernel because it could not find the source ? (I downloaded the source with apt-get source xxx but it downloaded on the desktop and I don't know where to place it...