grub boot does not update to recognize nvidia proprietary driver

Bug #416979 reported by Susan Cragin on 2009-08-21
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grub (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: grub

I have karmic and all updates as of yesterday, 20 Aug 2009.
I had the generic nvidia driver, but it was misbehaving, flashing black, so I properly installed the proprietary driver.
When I re-booted, the boot sequence couldn't find the driver.
I did
sudo dpk-reconfigure xserver-xorg
then I rebooted
nothing
then I regenerated my boot menu and re-booted
nothing

Right now I am on vacation have no access to hardwire connection but can test anything that does not require an internet connection.

Christopher (soft-kristal) wrote :

These are the last lines before the boot stops. I didn't see any other boot failures other than virtual box, which has always shown as 'fail'

'user'-desktop login: * Stopping NTP server ntpd
                                   * Starting NTP server ntpd

Other than the shell root, I have no access to Karmic at all.

Susan Cragin (susancragin) wrote :

To enable a temporary work-around, disable the nvidia driver as follows:

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

comment out the line that reads something like

driver = "nvidia"

Christopher (soft-kristal) wrote :

Disabling the nvidia driver leaves me with a 640x480 resolution. There needs to be a fix in the nvidia driver. Perhaps the bug is restricted to certain makes and models of monitors. I have had on and off issues since Hardy with my Acer AL1715.

Christopher (soft-kristal) wrote :

I re-installed Karmic Alpha 4 with updates after formatting to FAT32, then to ext4 and Grub 2. I haven't had any reoccurrence of the bug. All programs previously installed were restored from my-packages.

There is still no splash on boot or shutdown - just a black screen until login. As the bug affects other users; 416979 and possibly 414034, I am not marking this bug as invalid yet.

Changed in grub (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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