Choosing nvidia proprietary driver fails when module is blacklisted

Bug #1083998 reported by NeilGreenwood on 2012-11-28
This bug affects 1 person
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jockey (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I chose to use the NVidia driver (nvidia-current) in the Additional Drivers tab of the software sources (which I'm guessing is still provided by jockey - if not, the package is wrong for this bug).

This installed the driver, I rebooted and got the lightdm login screen. After logging in I saw an error dialog about trying different video modes and being unsuccessful, over the top of the background image. There was nothing else displayed on the screen, and only one of my 2 monitors had any output, the other being in powersave.

After clicking the Close button on the error dialog, nothing except the background image was displayed. Eventually I discovered that right-clicking brought up a menu that would allow me to open a terminal among other options (nautilus right-click menu?). I found out that the nvidia-current driver was not being used.

After lots of investigation and swapping between nouveau and nvidia-current drivers, I discovered that there was a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-local.conf which contained the single line "blacklist nvidia_current".

I would expect that upon choosing to use the proprietary driver, a check would be made for a blacklist of the module that is being chosen (also a check for the nouveau blacklist if restoring that driver), and a warning message displayed or a prompt to remove the blacklist.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.10
Package: jockey-gtk 0.9.7-0ubuntu11
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.5.0-18.29-generic 3.5.7
Uname: Linux 3.5.0-18-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia

ApportVersion: 2.6.1-0ubuntu6
Architecture: amd64
Date: Wed Nov 28 08:05:14 2012
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationDate: Installed on 2012-04-27 (214 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Beta amd64 (20120328)
MachineType: Dell Inc. OptiPlex 790
MarkForUpload: True
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-3.5.0-18-generic root=/dev/mapper/MainStore-Root ro quiet splash
SourcePackage: jockey
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to quantal on 2012-11-07 (20 days ago) 12/30/2011
dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.bios.version: A11 0HY9JP
dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.board.version: A01
dmi.chassis.type: 6
dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA11:bd12/30/2011:svnDellInc.:pnOptiPlex790:pvr01:rvnDellInc.:rn0HY9JP:rvrA01:cvnDellInc.:ct6:cvr: OptiPlex 790
dmi.product.version: 01
dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.

NeilGreenwood (neil-greenwood) wrote :
dino99 (9d9) wrote :

Jockey has been superseded by software-properties, which now handles
third-party driver configuration.

Changed in jockey (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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