nvidia-graphics-drivers break libgl horribly if hardware isn't nvidia

Bug #530481 reported by Eric Appleman
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
mplayer (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: mplayer

I have Intel graphics and once nvidia-current is wrongfully loaded, 3D and compositing break completely.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Mar 1 23:38:58 2010
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Alpha i386 (20100227)
Package: mplayer (not installed)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-14.20-genusername
SourcePackage: mplayer
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-14-generic i686

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Eric Appleman (erappleman) wrote :
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Eric Appleman (erappleman) wrote :

Attached picture is example of how badly things break.

Nigel Babu (nigelbabu)
Changed in mplayer (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Nigel Babu (nigelbabu)
status: New → In Progress
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Reinhard Tartler (siretart) wrote :

err, how can mplayer possibly responsible for this?

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Nigel Babu (nigelbabu) wrote :

mplayer depends on nvidia-185-libvdpau-dev instead of libvdpau-dev, which is causing this issue. I tried changing the dep, but I got a build error which I could not fix.

Changed in mplayer (Ubuntu):
assignee: Nigel Babu (nigelbabu) → nobody
status: In Progress → Confirmed
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Reinhard Tartler (siretart) wrote :

while I agree that the mplayer build dep need to be fixed, the actual bug is not in mplayer. Installing a (official) package must not break a running system in such a horrible way

summary: - nvidia-current build-dep breaks libgl if hardware isn't nvidia
+ nvidia-graphics-drivers break libgl horribly if hardware isn't nvidia
Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Alberto Milone (albertomilone) wrote :

if you don't have an Nvidia card you should not install the nvidia driver (unless you know what you're doing). In this case the driver was pulled as a dependency by mplayer but this should not happen any more after you fix mplayer (as vdpau is a separate library now).

For example if you want to keep the Nvidia driver installed (e.g. if you plan on adding an Nvidia card) and keep using open drivers you will have to do the following after installing the nvidia driver:
1) sudo update-alternatives --config gl_conf (and select the alternative provided by mesa)
2) sudo ldconfig
3) sudo update-initramfs -u

Usually proprietary drivers are installed through Jockey, which hides these details from users.

For further information you can have a look at the wiki:

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package mplayer - 2:1.0~rc3+svn20090426-1ubuntu14

mplayer (2:1.0~rc3+svn20090426-1ubuntu14) lucid; urgency=low

  * cleanup --configure flags
  * drop VDPAU build hacks, Closes: #566868, LP: #530481, #532007
  * enable musepack support
  * enable libaa support, LP: #502767, #455535
  * enable enca support, LP: #115519
  * remove DEB_BUILD_CONFIGURE override hack
  * fix weird permission bits for mplayer.desktop and mplayer.xpm
  * reorganize binary packages to no longer install the gui version by
  * refactor debian/rules to avoid sub makes
  * add patch to allow compilation with newer x264
  * use mp_msg instead of printf in debug help message
  * bump standards version
  * as no longer used, remove dependencies on debconf
  * Fix possible crashes with invalid SDPs, LP: #519579
  * add missing replaces
  * install manpages in the 'mplayer' package. and only there
 -- Reinhard Tartler <email address hidden> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:45:55 +0100

Changed in mplayer (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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