Ubuntu

nVidia driver activated and apparently being used but reported as not being used by jockey-gtk

Reported by Walter Garcia-Fontes on 2011-04-27
This bug affects 298 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Jockey
Undecided
Unassigned
NVIDIA Drivers Ubuntu
Undecided
Unassigned
nvidia-common (Ubuntu)
Medium
Alberto Milone
nvidia-graphics-drivers-173 (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned

Bug Description

I'm running Unity without major issues and apparently using the nvidia proprietary current driver, but in System Settings -> Hardware -> Additional driver the nvidia driver shows as activated but not being used.

I'm attaching xorg.conf, I also use a dual monitor setup but I think this is not relevant.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: jockey-gtk 0.9.2-0ubuntu5
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-8.42-generic 2.6.38.2
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-8-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: amd64
Date: Wed Apr 27 14:43:31 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release amd64 (20101007)
MachineType: Dell Inc. Precision WorkStation T3400
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcEnviron:
 LANGUAGE=en_US:en
 LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/tcsh
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic root=UUID=dadc68cb-c217-4aef-a751-ba0b61137c4a ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: jockey
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to natty on 2011-04-01 (26 days ago)
dmi.bios.date: 06/04/2009
dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.bios.version: A09
dmi.board.name: 0TP412
dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.chassis.type: 7
dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA09:bd06/04/2009:svnDellInc.:pnPrecisionWorkStationT3400:pvr:rvnDellInc.:rn0TP412:rvr:cvnDellInc.:ct7:cvr:
dmi.product.name: Precision WorkStation T3400
dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.

Victor Zamanian (victorz) wrote :

Confirmed.

The driver seems to be in use; Unity starts up etc, and seems accelerated. I can't be sure though since I don't know how to assert which driver is currently being used.

I have an NVidia GeForce GTX 580 and installed Ubuntu 11.04 today.

Hotteterre (luca-rossetto) wrote :

I confirm the bug: with NVidia GeForce GT 120M on Ubuntu Natty x86_64 (upgraded from Maverick Desktop) all seems to work, but the proprietary driver appears as activated but not being used.

Hansen (moteprime) wrote :

I also have this problem using Nvidia (EN) 8400GS, Natty desktop i386
"Additional Drivers" Shows "This driver is activated but not currently in use", I have tried both "(Version 173)" and "(Version current) [Recommended]".
I have full Unity desktop, and "Nvidia X server Settings" program seems to be connected to graphics adapter.
lspci: 03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G98 [GeForce 8400 GS] (rev a1)

Pako (elektrobank01) wrote :

Here is the output from "sudo lshw -C display"

*-display
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: G72M [Quadro NVS 110M/GeForce Go 7300]
       vendor: nVidia Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: a1
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
       resources: irq:16 memory:c9000000-c9ffffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:ca000000-caffffff

It seems that the driver is installed and in use, but Unity doesn't work.

Alan Lord (theopensourcerer) wrote :

Same issue but I do have a running unity. After upgrading from 10.10 if I log in not changing from the unity desktop, the background wallpaper displays but nothing else. A completely blank screen...

  *-display
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: NV37GL [Quadro FX 330/GeForce PCX 5300]
       vendor: nVidia Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: a2
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
       resources: irq:18 memory:d0000000-d0ffffff memory:c0000000-cfffffff memory:d1000000-d1ffffff memory:d2000000-d201ffff

Can anybody that is experiencing this same bug, the users in #2 or #3 for instance, mark it as "Confirmed"? I can't do it myself as I'm the reporter of the bug.

Bryce Hardy (cygniapolis) wrote :

Same problem here:

VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G98 [GeForce 9300M GS] (rev a1)
All "yes" output from "/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p"

"Driver Activated But Not Currently In Use"
Using "Current" driver. Also same result with older "173" driver.
No advantage in logging into "Classic" desktop. Same problem.
No advantage in fresh-installing Xubuntu 11.04. Same problem.

Although videos play, even simple games freeze and die. Otherwise the Unity desktop is functional but appears laggy and slow.
Open source "experimental" drivers are NOT a solution. Games still won't play.

andreas (andreas-demey) on 2011-05-01
Changed in nvidia-drivers-ubuntu:
status: New → Confirmed
Pako (elektrobank01) wrote :

Here is the output from /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p

OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce Go 7300/PCI/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 2.1.2 NVIDIA 270.41.06

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: no
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity supported: no

It says my card is blacklisted. Although it works quite normal with the experimental driver but with "unity --replace" command only, a bit strange bug.

On the contrary, unity_support_test -p gives me an entirely positive output:

OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce 8400 GS/PCI/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 270.41.06

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity supported: yes

dre (pewbeng-googlemail) wrote :

(Apologies - misclicked and don't know where and/or how to rectify.)

Changed in jockey:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in jockey (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Forlong (forlong) wrote :

I just ran some checks and stumbled across this:

$ grep drv\.so /var/log/Xorg.0.log
[ 19390.727] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/extra-modules/nvidia_drv.so
[ 19390.727] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nouveau_drv.so
[ 19390.728] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vesa_drv.so
[ 19390.729] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fbdev_drv.so
[ 19390.819] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/extra-modules/nvidia_drv.so

As I remember correctly, up to natty there was only the nvidia-driver loaded.
I have no idea why both the nouveau as well as the vesa driver are loaded too now.

I guess Jockey checks /var/log/Xorg.0.log to detect what driver is in use and is confused that three different video drivers are loaded.

Full xorg log attached.

tags: removed: amd64
useResa (rdrijsen) wrote :

Opposed to what Forlong states in post #12 I only have nVidia loaded:

$ grep drv\.so /var/log/Xorg.0.log
[ 43.835] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/extra-modules/nvidia_drv.so
[ 43.983] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/extra-modules/nvidia_drv.so
[ 47.174] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 47.228] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 47.261] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 47.265] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 47.276] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 47.298] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 47.312] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 47.329] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/synaptics_drv.so
[ 47.344] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/synaptics_drv.so
[ 47.511] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so

In my case it is (I assume) because of the same reason as posted by Pako, have the same result with lshw -C display, in post #9:
$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce Go 7300/PCI/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 2.1.2 NVIDIA 270.41.06

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: no
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity supported: no

Pako (elektrobank01) wrote :

useResa, our graphic cards are blacklisted. Please see Bug #726496

But mine, GeForce 8400 GS/PCI/SSE2 is not! Source: unity_support_test -p (see above for complete results).

P.S.: no advantage with 173 driver, while the experimental simply crashes the system at boot.

Pako (elektrobank01) wrote :

Yes, it's a completely different bug. Apologize for my post here.

modprobe (modprobe) wrote :

Same bug here with Natty using GeForce 9300M GS: activated but not in use.

I am running Ubuntu Classic, not Unity, but I have the same situation with slightly different system information:

$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce GTS 450/PCI/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 4.1.0 NVIDIA 270.41.06

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity supported: yes

$ grep drv\.so /var/log/Xorg.0.log
[ 15452.731] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/extra-modules/nvidia_drv.so
[ 15452.738] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/extra-modules/nvidia_drv.so
[ 15453.299] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 15453.299] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 15453.304] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 15453.319] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 15453.323] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 15453.325] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so

$ lshw
     *-pci:0
        *-pci:0
           *-display
                description: VGA compatible controller
                product: GF106 [GeForce 450 GTS]
                vendor: nVidia Corporation
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
                version: a1
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
                configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
                resources: irq:18 memory:fc000000-fcffffff memory:d8000000-dfffffff memory:d4000000-d5ffffff ioport:d800(size=128) memory:fbf80000-fbffffff

I don't have problems with crashes, but I appear to have no hardware acceleration whatsoever when running OpenGL. The weird thing is that applications report decent frame rates, but the numbers are obviously bogus based on what I see on the screen.

I did a clean install, not an upgrade. The card was working fine with the proprietary nVidia drivers on 10.04.

Druid (topaz-gb) wrote :

"This driver is activated but not currently in use".
nvidia-173 is the recommended driver.

Same for me

Hansen (moteprime) wrote :

My outputs look like this:

lspci: 03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G98 [GeForce 8400 GS] (rev a1)

/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce 8400 GS/PCI/SSE2/3DNOW!
OpenGL version string: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 270.41.06

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity supported: yes

grep drv\.so /var/log/Xorg.0.log
[ 17.734] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/extra-modules/nvidia_drv.so
[ 17.902] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nouveau_drv.so
[ 17.903] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vesa_drv.so
[ 17.903] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fbdev_drv.so
[ 17.974] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/extra-modules/nvidia_drv.so
[ 19.044] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 19.045] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 19.053] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 19.054] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 19.055] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 19.063] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so

I have a functioning Unity, have not been trying 3D games, and have had no crashes.
It is just the "This driver is activated but not currently in use" problem. But it appears that the display is just a bit more laggy than i remember it being in Maverick.

Wolf F. (wfogl) wrote :

Same here with NVIDIA Geforce Go 7300 on Natty. Driver activated but not in use.
Nevertheless, with the workaround to froce start of unity in /etc/environment and the 173 I can use Unity 3D and it seems that the driver is in use.

Tim Croydon (timcroydon) wrote :

Same here with GeForce 8500GT (driver activated but not currently in use). Clean install of 11.04 tried with both 173 and current:

- /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce 8500 GT/PCI/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 270.41.06

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity supported: yes

Shame, as Natty finally detects my soundcard out-of-the-box and now I lose the screen!

Alberto Milone (albertomilone) wrote :

Just to be clear, the problem only affects Jockey, not the drivers themselves.

Changed in nvidia-drivers-ubuntu:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Waldgeist_dI (noway) wrote :

Alberto, please clarify comment #24! My clean installation of Natty 64 bit does not exhibit obvious problems such as those posted by some of the others but the output of glxgears still looks strange and hardly moving (despite some 7000 fps reported).

It's my home machine that's affected so I can't test it right now, but there are also reports of malfunctioning 3D games which does sound like there's a more severe problem than just Jockey being confused.

Waldgeist_dI (noway) wrote :

Of course I also have the message about the nVidia driver being active but unused :) ...

dino99 (9d9) wrote :

get it too with Oneiric i386: nvidia-current activated but not used

but i've found other related problem:
- /dev/nvidiactl rights denied
- might affect /dev/nvidia0 too

i'm posting this because of #24 above, and maybe related to incorrect selinux labels
http://70.87.46.147/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=161820

dino99 (9d9) wrote :

googling around i've find this previous report:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/wine/+bug/288852

my issue is with wine too (1.3.19) default installation (no winetricks), and its the first time i see such issue.

Hoa Le (leth5591) wrote :

I confirm this bug. Unity works on Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit. Nvidia current version installed and nouveau blacklisted.

$ lspci | grep nVidia
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G73 [GeForce 7300 GT] (rev a1)

$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce 7300 GT/PCI/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 2.1.2 NVIDIA 270.41.06

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity supported: yes

$ grep drv\.so /var/log/Xorg.0.log
[ 14.615] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/extra-modules/nvidia_drv.so
[ 14.618] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vesa_drv.so
[ 14.619] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fbdev_drv.so
[ 14.620] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/extra-modules/nvidia_drv.so
[ 16.030] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 16.031] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 16.053] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 16.107] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 16.165] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so

dino99 (9d9) wrote :

latest test output while removing/purging then reinstalling nvidia* packages:

update-alternatives: warning: creation of /usr/lib32/vdpau/libvdpau_nvidia.so.1 abandonned because of associated file /usr/lib32/nvidia-current/vdpau/libvdpau_nvidia.so.1 (from group links gl_conf) does not exist.

andyW (andy-wbrook) wrote :

Confirm.

$ lspci | grep nVidia
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GF106 [GeForce 450 GTS] (rev a1)
01:00.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation GF106 High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1)

$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce GTS 450/PCI/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 4.1.0 NVIDIA 270.41.06

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity supported: yes

$ grep drv\.so /var/log/Xorg.0.log
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
[ 11.643] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so
[ 11.651] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so
[ 12.656] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 12.656] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 12.691] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 12.744] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so
[ 12.744] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so

FractalBrain (ejarrett) wrote :

Same problem with a fresh Ubuntu 11.04 install and GeForce 7600 GT.

glxgears: Frame Rate is above 8000, but actual observable frame rate is about 0.5-1 (veeerrryyy slow).

uname output: Linux MY_NAME 2.6.38-8-generic-pae #42-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 11 05:17:09 UTC 2011 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux

lspci output: 06:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G73 [GeForce 7600 GT] (rev a1)

unity_support_test output:
$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce 7600 GT/PCI/SSE2/3DNOW!
OpenGL version string: 2.1.2 NVIDIA 173.14.30

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity supported: yes

FractalBrain (ejarrett) wrote :

Pardon my probable ignorance, but why is "NVIDIA Drivers Ubuntu" Invalid? Does that imply that it is not a driver issue? If so are we sure? Someone please clear up my poor bug noobosity.

I used a simple script to test the Jockey handler for Nvidia. The result looks like the following:

...
>>> ndb = nvidia.NvidiaDriverBase(b, '173')
>>> print ndb
xorg:nvidia_173([NvidiaDriverBase, nonfree, enabled] NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver)
>>> ndb.used()
False
>>> ndb.enabled()
True
>>> ndb.changed()
False

So it looks like the "changed" attribute is set to False as a default in superclass jockey.handlers.KernelModuleHandler, but there is no way that this value can ever be set to True with the current code. This means that the "used" attribute, that requires that the "changed" and "enabled" properties be True, will never be True.

The documentation for the "changed" property is "Return if the module has been enabled/disabled at least once." I am really not sure what is the dependency between "changed" and "used" makes sense.

wormser (armeaney) wrote :

FractalBrain - The NVIDIA driver is a 3rd party driver and it is not open source. It is up to the driver manufacturer (NVIDIA in this case) to fix any issues. This issue appears to be an issue with jockey and not a driver issue.

George Fragos (fragos) wrote :

I also get "This driver is activated but not currently in use" with both the mobo GeForce 7025 and the 210 I installed. Despite the message the driver seems to be working yielding 3100fps with glxgears and being seen as working by "NVIDIA X Server Settings." I running a new clean 32 bit install. Unity_support_test results:

fragos@Geo:~$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce 210/PCI/SSE2/3DNOW!
OpenGL version string: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 270.41.06

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity supported: yes

Vishnu Rao (vishnumrao) wrote :

Looks like its not just me who has the problem! Wow this is a major problem. I wonder how it even escaped being noticed in the beta stages. Sadly I was running the betas on a litte HP mini netbook and T60 both having Intel graphics.

Installed 11.04 over my 10.04 install on my desktop with a Nivida GeForce 5200 graphics card. Please let me know if you would like me to post any of the technical details. From the comments above, it looks like many others have posted the technical details you would need. Also willing to test out any possible fixes.

Thanks,
Vishnu Rao.

Patrick McEwen (prmcewen) wrote :

Same problem with a fresh 64-bit install

~$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce 8400M GS/PCI/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 270.41.06

Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity supported: yes

Beholdarkness (beholdarkness) wrote :

Same problem with fresh install of Natty on a laptop. Driver is activated but not in use..

I am unable to enable HDMI audio on the chipset as well.
Nvidia 8600M GS.

I am having this problem in Natty Narwhal, too. It was working fine in 10.04 32-bit, but when I did a fresh install of version 11.04 32-bit, I started having problems. Unlike some of you, however, I am able to run Unity fine on my GeForce GT 220... but not any 3D applications. I tried some suggestions from some people who claimed to have fixed it, but nothing worked for me. My "nvidia_current" driver is "... activated but not currently in use"

Vishnu Rao (vishnumrao) on 2011-05-09
description: updated
Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2011-05-16
Changed in jockey (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → In Progress
assignee: nobody → Martin Pitt (pitti)
Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers-173 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Gustavo (gnvega) on 2011-06-17
Changed in jockey (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Changed in jockey (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → In Progress
tags: added: oneiric
tags: added: ui
Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2011-09-26
Changed in jockey (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Incomplete
Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2011-09-26
affects: jockey (Ubuntu) → nvidia-common (Ubuntu)
Changed in nvidia-common (Ubuntu):
assignee: Martin Pitt (pitti) → Alberto Milone (albertomilone)
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Changed in jockey:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2011-10-13
Changed in nvidia-common (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

hi Alessandro,

one question: did you do a reboot after installing this driver?? Normally, it is necessary to reboot the system after installation to get this driver into action.

You also can test the successfull installation with the instruction here:

http://askubuntu.com/questions/37084/nvidia-driver-activated-but-currently-not-in-use

With this instruction, you will see, that your driver is in use after rebooting your system. And you also notice the successfull installation through an immediate downdrop of your GPU-temperature and the icon for the GPU in your panel (if you have sensors-applet in your panel) also changes to the correct one.

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Of course I did, actually I tried all of the four versions Hardware Drivers proposed. I've been experiencing this bug since six months at least, since when I updated to 11.04. Now I'm running 11.10 but nothing has changed.

Unity support test:
Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity 3D supported: yes

hi Allessandro,

the output you sent, shows that the driver actually works, but the
kockey-gtk output still is wrong.
What does the temperature of your GPU say and the CPU-temperature??

And did you check the other reasonable tests shown on the link I posted??

So this actually is a jockey-gtk-problem, because the driver actually
works for you but jokey still gives
a wrong output.

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Am 21.10.2011, 14:48 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Of course I did, actually I tried all of the four versions Hardware
> Drivers proposed. I've been experiencing this bug since six months at
> least, since when I updated to 11.04. Now I'm running 11.10 but nothing
> has changed.
>
> Unity support test:
> Not software rendered: yes
> Not blacklisted: yes
> GLX fbconfig: yes
> GLX texture from pixmap: yes
> GL npot or rect textures: yes
> GL vertex program: yes
> GL fragment program: yes
> GL vertex buffer object: yes
> GL framebuffer object: yes
> GL version is 1.4+: yes
>
> Unity 3D supported: yes
>

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01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G98 [GeForce 8400 GS] (rev a1)

  *-display
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: G98 [GeForce 8400 GS]
       vendor: nVidia Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: a1
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
       resources: irq:18 memory:fa000000-faffffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:f8000000-f9ffffff ioport:dc00(size=128) memory:fbee0000-fbefffff

CPU Temperature according to NVIDIA utilities: minimum ~50° maximum ~64°. Please notice this is (8400 GS) a FANLESS model, so it should be rather "hotter" than fan cooled models.

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

hi Allessandro,

I have somewhat lower temperatures than you in the meantime. With my
Notebook, temperatures are down to
45 degrees (for GPU) and 47 degrees for my CPU.

And also your output shows, that the driver actually works good for you.
The termperatures, you write about
are really normal with thep proprietary driver and this is by far less
thant the temperatures with the
nouveau driver. Because with the opensource nouveau-driver, temperatures
would be at about nearly 80 degrees
until up to a 86 as peek. And this will damage each GPU and for the
graphiccard, this would mean the ultimative
death.

You write, that the graphiccard should be rather hotter. No, this is not
good for your graphic, if it would
turn hotter than 70 degrees. I had the peak at an 86 degrees with the
nouveau driver and it nearly made my
graphiccard melt down!!! This would kill your graphic.

This means: the lower the GPU-temperature is, the better it is for your
graphic.

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Am 23.10.2011, 12:29 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G98 [GeForce 8400
> GS] (rev a1)
>
> *-display
> description: VGA compatible controller
> product: G98 [GeForce 8400 GS]
> vendor: nVidia Corporation
> physical id: 0
> bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
> version: a1
> width: 64 bits
> clock: 33MHz
> capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master
> cap_list rom
> configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
> resources: irq:18 memory:fa000000-faffffff
> memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:f8000000-f9ffffff ioport:dc00(size=128)
> memory:fbee0000-fbefffff
>
> CPU Temperature according to NVIDIA utilities: minimum ~50° maximum
> ~64°. Please notice this is (8400 GS) a FANLESS model, so it should be
> rather "hotter" than fan cooled models.
>

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Well, I think my card is a tough nut to crack, it's been doing well for 6 months with Ubuntu 11.04 without any proprietary driver installed, and, frankly, I never checked the temperature before you asked me to do so.
So, now, how can I enjoy some 3d experience?
Should I open another bug report, since it seems this one's been solved?

I don't know if this has something to do with the bug but xdiagnose reports:
Failed to load module "nv" (module does not exist, 0)

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

Hi Allessandro,

how did you install the proprietary Nvidia-driver?? Via jockey-gtk or via
the control-center?? or did you manually download and install it?? Or do
you still use the opensource nouveau-driver?? This nouveau-driver should
better not be used!! This will kill your GPU, because the GPU-temperature
comes
by far too hight with that opensource nouveau-driver. That's why I
recommend the proprietary one.

For me, it is like that, that jockey still reports a wrong output in
natty. But the driver itself works according to the checks, which are
recom-
mended in the links, I had posted before. The results I got on my machine
correspond to the once shown on these links and temperature of the
GPU has come down since some weeks, since I installed this proprietary
driver through the control-center.

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Am 04.11.2011, 17:55 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> I don't know if this has something to do with the bug but xdiagnose
> reports:
> Failed to load module "nv" (module does not exist, 0)
>

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Hi
I installed the driver via the control-center. It was apparently automatically installed after a fresh install (version 173). Since it unity still didn't work I decided to install the last one (version-current-updates). Both are proprietaries. Never used any open-source driver, always proprietary ones.
Temperature is 50°~60°, but the real issue is NO 3D SINCE ALMOST A YEAR!!! Do you get 3d effects?

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

hi Allessandro,

yep, I have 3D-effect running on my machine. But what is not working
properly for me is the Gnome3-desktop. Nautilus crashes when
klicking the icon in the dock. But what is strange to me is, that I can
open nautlus through Atl+F2 and gksu nautilus. That means,
I can only open Nautilus as root. But what I want to know: why is that??

And hwat also is strange to me: when I want to logg into the normal
Gnome2-desktop, I get the error-message: failed to load "Gnome-
Classic" session. I also don't know, why that is. I am still looking for
figuring that out.

But for comeing back to the proprietary driver: yep, for me this driver
works fine and also film-videos have cool 3D-effects now.
you will find out if this works, if you follow the instructions shown in
the links, I posted in my previous comments and also I do
not experience any emergency-shutdown anymore, since I use nvidia-current.
Also the overheating-problems are gone since I use this
driver since a few weeks now.

I am really happy with this new nvidia-driver. And as I said: the
proprietary ones are the resue for the nvidia-graphic-cards because
the opensource one (nouveau-driver) would have killed my GPU and my
graphiccard. If I had continued useing the opensource-one, my GPU
would have died within two or three weeks.

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Also gaming is no problem anymore.

Am 06.11.2011, 20:11 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Hi
> I installed the driver via the control-center. It was apparently
> automatically installed after a fresh install (version 173). Since it
> unity still didn't work I decided to install the last one
> (version-current-updates). Both are proprietaries. Never used any
> open-source driver, always proprietary ones.
> Temperature is 50°~60°, but the real issue is NO 3D SINCE ALMOST A
> YEAR!!! Do you get 3d effects?
>

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Hi
I followed all the instructions you provided me with, even before you came out with that link (I already knew about it), and there's still no way to get 3d effects working on my system.
It seems I'm the only one here still experiencing problems. Damn.
Greetings.

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

Hi Allessandro,

I have read all your information you provided for me. Your problem really
seems strange to me. Can you tell me,
which graphiccard you have and which machine you are working with
(company-name of the producer and model of
your machine). Perhaps I can try to find further hints in the Internet.

For me, this driver works fine and I have 3D-effects on and working. But
nautilus in Gnome3 does still not work
for me a user, only as root and I do not understand why that is. I went
 from Gnome2 to Gnome3 in LinuxMint 11
(based on natty) through installing the recommended ppa-repositories. The
most apps work so far. But I can only
access my personal files as root and not as normal user.

If I click on the nautilus-icon in this dock provided in Gnome3, then
nautilus crashes for me as normal user.
Even nautilus-actions crash and do not work. Then as the next strange
thing, I discovered that all extensions
of Gnome3 do not work in natty. But I found out through the net, that this
should work in oneiric. So I am hard-
ly waiting for the RC of LinuxMint 12 to come to the light of the world.
It is scheduled for November this year.

Let's see, if this will be fixed until then. And I would be happy, if
these extensions and nautilus would come
back to work as normal user. Because I preferr to work as normal user and
not as root.

OK Allessandro, that's it for so far. Please provide me the information I
asekd you for and I am happy to read
 from you soon.

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Am 07.11.2011, 00:12 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Hi
> I followed all the instructions you provided me with, even before you
> came out with that link (I already knew about it), and there's still no
> way to get 3d effects working on my system.
> It seems I'm the only one here still experiencing problems. Damn.
> Greetings.
>

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It's not a branded but an assembled computer.

System Information says:

Memory: 3,9 Gb
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 250 Processor × 2
Graphic card: UNKNOWN (that's the problem), it should be GeForce 8400
OS Type: 64-bit
Disk: 482,4 Gb

So, the Additional Drivers DOES recognize the graphic card, but System Information does NOT.

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

Hi Alessandro,

if you have Ubuntu or LinuxMint installed, you can check this via your
Terminal. So open your Terminal and type in this:

lsusb (this lists all usb-devices on your computer; also internals)

lspci (this lists all the pci-devices in your machine)

Then copy&paste these outputs here into this topic and then we can see,
what is wrong with your machine.

Could you please do so?? Thi would be pretty helpful. Thanks in advance,
Linuxhelfer

Am Montag, den 07.11.2011, 13:42 +0000 schrieb Alessandro Ceschini:
> It's not a branded but an assembled computer.
>
> System Information says:
>
> Memory: 3,9 Gb
> Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 250 Processor × 2
> Graphic card: UNKNOWN (that's the problem), it should be GeForce 8400
> OS Type: 64-bit
> Disk: 482,4 Gb
>
> So, the Additional Drivers DOES recognize the graphic card, but System
> Information does NOT.
>

Hi Andrea
No problem. Here you are.

alessandro@bureau:~$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 0566:3004 Monterey International Corp. Genius KB-29E
alessandro@bureau:~$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RX780/RX790 Chipset Host Bridge
00:02.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx0 port A)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port C)
00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [IDE mode]
00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:12.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3a)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 IDE Controller
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:14.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor HyperTransport Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Miscellaneous Control
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Link Control
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G98 [GeForce 8400 GS] (rev a1)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)

Regards

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :
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Hi Alessandro,

jetzt sehe ich, woran dein Problem krankt. Du hast von wegen eine
Noname-Grafikkarte. Du hast ebenfalls eine Nvidia-Graka
siehe diese Zeile aus deiner Ausgabe:

VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G98 [GeForce 8400 GS] (rev
a1)

Das bedeutet: dein Rechner ist eine ATI-Technologie mit
Nvidia-Grafikkarte, in deinem Fall die GeForce 8400 GS.
Das bedeutet für dich: auch du brauchst den nvidia-current-Treiber. Den
installierst du in Gnome 3 über das neue
Control-Center, oder wenn dass nicht funktioniert, dann such bitte mal in
der Synaptic nach diesem Paket:

nvidia-current

Dazu wird dann automatisch noch das Paket nvidia-settings installiert. Bei
mir lief es gestern (ich hab mir auf meinem
Läppi gestern doch wieder die aktuelle Version von Ubuntu installiert)
ohne Probleme über die Synaptic.
Danach musst du deinen Rechner bitte neu starten (bitte sei etwas
geduldig, da es bischen dauern kann, bis dein Rechner
wieder auf dem Desktop ist (der Treiber wird bei Installation über die
Synaptic automatisch aktiviert). Das kannst du dann
über Nvidia-Settings sehen, dass du über das Menü starten kannst.
Außerdem kannst du in den ganzen von mir geposteten Links überprüfen, ob
bei dir dann 3D unterstütz wird. Dieser bisherige
quelloffene nouveau-Treiber bringt keine ausreichende 3D-Unterstützung
mit. Außerdem grillt der dir deine Graka durch!!
Da ist es dann kein Wunder, wenn du 3D nicht nutzen kannst. Du scheinst
bisher den quelloffenen Treiber nouveau zu benutzen.

Also: raus mit dem nouveau-Treiber und rein mit nvidia-current!!

Grüße
Linuxhelfer

Am 08.11.2011, 17:01 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Hi Andrea
> No problem. Here you are.
>
> alessandro@bureau:~$ lsusb
> Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
> Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
> Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
> Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
> Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
> Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
> Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
> Bus 004 Device 002: ID 0566:3004 Monterey International Corp. Genius
> KB-29E
> alessandro@bureau:~$ lspci
> 00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RX780/RX790 Chipset Host Bridge
> 00:02.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RD790 PCI to PCI bridge
> (external gfx0 port A)
> 00:06.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI
> express gpp port C)
> 00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA
> Controller [IDE mode]
> 00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0
> Controller
> 00:12.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
> 00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI
> Controller
> 00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0
> Controller
> 00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
> 00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI
> Contro...

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Hi Andrea
Ahem... is it German? I don't understand German! :)
Regards

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

hi Alessandro,

you can install it via your own system and then it will be in the language
of your system. This is controlled through the control-center
of your own system. You don't need to download it from the internet!!!

Just use your control-center in Ubuntu or in your derivate, if you use
another Ubuntu-derivate.
So you have it easy, to install this driver.

Or if it doesn't work via your control-center, then just open your
synaptic, search for these packages:

nvidia-current

nvidia-settings

Install them, close synaptic and restart your machine, that's just it.

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Am 09.11.2011, 12:15 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Hi Andrea
> Ahem... is it German? I don't understand German! :)
> Regards
>

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Wait, who told you I'd downloaded it from the Internet? I never did that, I used control-center!

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

OK Alesandro.

But: if you used your contro-center, then it has installed the
english-version of this driver and everything should be fine afterwards.
Did you reboot your machine after installing this proprietary driver??

Greetings
your friend
Linuxexperte

Am 09.11.2011, 14:40 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Wait, who told you I'd downloaded it from the Internet? I never did
> that, I used control-center!
>

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Hi Andrea
Nothing is fine, a month ago, after updating to 11.10, I tried all four versions (and rebooted afterwards):
1. 173
2. 173-updates
3. currents
4. current-updates
None of them works, actually I'm running 4. current-updates because that was the last thing I tried.

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

that's strange then. Because for me after installing LinuxMint or either
Ubuntu (right now) on my Notebook,
it went well in the first try. For me it works really fine. Then you
should really think about changing your
graphiccard.

Mine is this one: 02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation
C79 [GeForce 9200M G] (rev b1)

And this one works fine for me.

Then the next hint for you would be to install this ppa-repository here:

http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Grafikkarten/Nvidia/nvidia?highlight=ubuntu-x-swat

Perhaps this could solve your problem. It could be possible, that your
card is too new to be properly
supported by the older versions of the nvidia-driver. This ppa-repository
brings a newer one, which
should work fine for you. Or if you have already installed it, then purge
this ppa-repository and run
these commands in your terminal

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Let these commands run through completely. Then afterwards, try to install
the proprietary nvidia-
driver.

Tell me, if these hints help you with your problem.

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Perhaps if you change your graphiccard??

Am 09.11.2011, 15:22 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Hi Andrea
> Nothing is fine, a month ago, after updating to 11.10, I tried all four
> versions (and rebooted afterwards):
> 1. 173
> 2. 173-updates
> 3. currents
> 4. current-updates
> None of them works, actually I'm running 4. current-updates because that
> was the last thing I tried.
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Hi Andrea
The ppa-repository because my card too new? But it's three to four years old!
And changing the card because Ubuntu has a bug? WTF??! What about re-opening this bug?

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

Hi Allessandro,
three years is not an age for a graphiccard!! more than 10 years would be
something, where I would say this is old.
But not in your case as well as mine. My Laptop is also only nearly two
years old. And for a Notebook, this is also
not a real age!!!
I experienced the same problem with my Graphiccard, I posted in LinuxMint
9. So I had to install this ppa-repository
and that helped me out of a mess with my nvidia-card. For me, the
display-resolution was way to big in that former
release of LinuxMint. But since this new driver has been publised, I do
not have these problems anymore. And on this
link they also write that it can be possible, that LinuxMint, Ubuntu and
its derivates do not support such so new cards
properly and that's why this ppa-repository is really recommended.

The change of your graphiccard would only be for the very worst case, if
this ppa-repository won't help you out of your
problem. I don't think, that reopening this bug would help a lot. First
try that hint with this ppa-repository. But if
that should not help, then you should really think about changing that one.

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Am 09.11.2011, 19:14 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Hi Andrea
> The ppa-repository because my card too new? But it's three to four years
> old!
> And changing the card because Ubuntu has a bug? WTF??! What about
> re-opening this bug?
>

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Hi Andrea
OK, I'll try this BUT I don't think it'll work. Remember this:

Unity support test:
Not software rendered: yes
Not blacklisted: yes
GLX fbconfig: yes
GLX texture from pixmap: yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program: yes
GL fragment program: yes
GL vertex buffer object: yes
GL framebuffer object: yes
GL version is 1.4+: yes

Unity 3D supported: yes

So WTF is wrong here, and why should I buy a new card when the system says it's not blacklisted? Buying a new card is acceptable only when the card is blacklisted, otherwise it's not my fault. It's up to Ubuntu developers to solve my problem.

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

hi Allessandro,

according to this output, it should work. It would be strange, if it would
not work. Because for me, it works and I also
have nearly the same output as you do. It is really strange, if this is
not working.

Greetings
your friend
Linuxexperte

Am 09.11.2011, 22:54 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Hi Andrea
> OK, I'll try this BUT I don't think it'll work. Remember this:
>
> Unity support test:
> Not software rendered: yes
> Not blacklisted: yes
> GLX fbconfig: yes
> GLX texture from pixmap: yes
> GL npot or rect textures: yes
> GL vertex program: yes
> GL fragment program: yes
> GL vertex buffer object: yes
> GL framebuffer object: yes
> GL version is 1.4+: yes
>
> Unity 3D supported: yes
>
> So WTF is wrong here, and why should I buy a new card when the system
> says it's not blacklisted? Buying a new card is acceptable only when the
> card is blacklisted, otherwise it's not my fault. It's up to Ubuntu
> developers to solve my problem.
>

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Hi Andrea
That's it, that's why I requested you reopen this bug, control center says this driver is installed and used, but Unity somehow refuses to see it, the problem is Unity, not my card.
Regards

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

And what if you used Gnome-Shell instead of Unity?? For me, Unity uses
this proprietary driver. I have no problem with that.
I hope, that you will get your problem solved.

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Am 10.11.2011, 12:25 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Hi Andrea
> That's it, that's why I requested you reopen this bug, control center
> says this driver is installed and used, but Unity somehow refuses to see
> it, the problem is Unity, not my card.
> Regards
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Hi Andrea
What's Gnome-shell? The standard shell till 10.11? It doesn't give me the 3d back, I already tried this. The funny thing is that 3d worked till back 10.11 times, and also before. Since 11.04 everything is gone.
Now, what should I do, open another bug?

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

Hi Alessandro,

Gnome-Shell is an alternative Desktop-environment to Unity. You can find
that out here:

http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Gnome_Shell?highlight=Gnome-Shell

This Desktop-Environment works so pleasing for me and with 3D-Support. And
here in the latest Firefox-Version, I can
also use Torbutton again!! Perhaps if you install Gnome-Shell and use this
instead of Unity??? The current version
of Gnome-Shell in Ubuntu 11.10 is 3.2.1 And there, the extensions come
back to life if you also install this ppa-repository
here: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/gnome3

And then you need to reboot your machine and select GNOME als your Desktop
and then you are in Gnome-Shell and there, 3D
should work for you too. Becuase the output in your last posting said,
that 3D-effects work for you. So it should work.

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Am 10.11.2011, 14:24 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Hi Andrea
> What's Gnome-shell? The standard shell till 10.11? It doesn't give me
> the 3d back, I already tried this. The funny thing is that 3d worked
> till back 10.11 times, and also before. Since 11.04 everything is gone.
> Now, what should I do, open another bug?
>

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Hi Andrea

You don't belong to the bug team, do you?

Before resorting to "alternative" remedies I want the guys up there to tell me frankly they WON'T FIX my issue.

I want them to put it squarely they don't give a damn about my problem.

Thanks

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

Hi my friend,

noo...I don't belong to the bug-team. :) But I already gained some
experience in this matter through going to such
things myself and help myself with these hints. For me, these hints did it
through several distros now.
And before I do a bugreport, I try to help myself. I don't want to bother
the bugteam. And thorugh helping
yourself, you also learn something in Linux.

But to be honest: there is already a long forum at nvidias homepage about
things like that. You could use Google to
find out the forum at nvidia. The bugteam here can't do anything, before
nvidia hasn't done something on that. They
also have to relie on nvidia before being able to do something.

Greetings
Linuxexperte
Am 10.11.2011, 15:28 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Hi Andrea
>
> You don't belong to the bug team, do you?
>
> Before resorting to "alternative" remedies I want the guys up there to
> tell me frankly they WON'T FIX my issue.
>
> I want them to put it squarely they don't give a damn about my problem.
>
> Thanks
>

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Hi Andrea

Wait. What you say would be true if the problem stemmed from the Nvidia drivers, but this seems not to be the case, the reality is that Unity is to be blamed, for the driver works well. I surfed many forums but they don't give me more pieces of information than I already have: usually everything revolves around installing drivers, forcing Unity start bla bla bla... I've already tried all that stuff and certainly I cannot say I didn't do something about that. Actually I've been trying everything. To no avail.

So why doesn't the bug team tell me they won't just solve that UNITY bug, it's Unity the problem, not the nvidia-driver, otherwise the control panel wouldn't tell me that the driver is IN USE.

When the nvidia-driver was buggy it used to tell me it was NOT IN USE. But now the situation has changed: it's IN USE.

Would someone please take notice, that I've got a problem with UNITY NOT WITH NVIDIA-DRIVERS?

@Alessandro, this bug was exclusively on the drive being reported as not being used but actually being used and working perfectly. For the bugs related to graphic problems, reporting users were asked to report separate bugs. If you want to get attention to your bug it is better that you open a specific bug on your issue, attaching all the relevant information for your system, by entering from a terminal or with ALT F2 "ubuntu-bug nvidia-common", or if you believe it is a Unity bug, "ubuntu-bug unity". Doing that you will have a much larger chance that your bug is paid the right attention, here it will be overlooked for sure as this was a different problem than yours. If you have duplicated already a bug with this one, just unduplicate it, or as I said open a new one.

Hi Walter

OK, you're right, sorry for the rant, it's just I'm kind of exasperated, everyone here has finally 3d while I don't :(

My duplicate bug was: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nvidia-graphics-drivers/+bug/774453 but I filed that while I was still running 11.04 and above all, the driver was reported as INSTALLED BUT NOT IN USE

Now, on the other hand it's INSTALLED AND IN USE

Should I file another report or just unduplicate the previous one?

Thanks for your help

Regards

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

hi Alessandro,

I don't konw, what's wrong with your machine. I have tried Unity yesterday
and I get 3D there too. But there is also a Unity-Desktop available
that doesn't need 3D. So I think, that it is something different. Unity is
not to be blamed in my opinion. Because here, Unity works
with 3D. That seems to be something different

And in LinuxMint, there will be a fork of Gnome2 called MATE. They are
already implementing it and I hope, that it will be available
for you with the outcome of LinuxMint 12.

And here the driver is in Use too and runs fine. Also in Untiy. And so I
would recommend: open a new bugreport.

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Greetings
Linuxexperte

Am 10.11.2011, 19:33 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Ceschini
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> Hi Andrea
>
> Wait. What you say would be true if the problem stemmed from the Nvidia
> drivers, but this seems not to be the case, the reality is that Unity is
> to be blamed, for the driver works well. I surfed many forums but they
> don't give me more pieces of information than I already have: usually
> everything revolves around installing drivers, forcing Unity start bla
> bla bla... I've already tried all that stuff and certainly I cannot say
> I didn't do something about that. Actually I've been trying everything.
> To no avail.
>
> So why doesn't the bug team tell me they won't just solve that UNITY
> bug, it's Unity the problem, not the nvidia-driver, otherwise the
> control panel wouldn't tell me that the driver is IN USE.
>
> When the nvidia-driver was buggy it used to tell me it was NOT IN USE.
> But now the situation has changed: it's IN USE.
>
> Would someone please take notice, that I've got a problem with UNITY NOT
> WITH NVIDIA-DRIVERS?
>

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@Alessandro, it is better if you file a new bug report.

Hi Andrea and Walter

Thanks for your very precious help.

I opened this new bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+bug/889022

Greetings

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heroandtn3 (heroandtn3) wrote :

Confirm, i have same problem

$ dpkg -l | grep jockey
ii jockey-common 0.9.7-0ubuntu7.4 user interface and desktop integration for driver management
ii jockey-gtk 0.9.7-0ubuntu7.4 GNOME user interface and desktop integration for driver management

$ jockey-text -l
kmod:nvidia_current - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library (Free, Disabled, Not in use)
kmod:nvidia_current_updates - nvidia_current_updates (Proprietary, Enabled, Not in use)
kmod:nvidia_experimental_304 - Experimental NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library (Proprietary, Disabled, Not in use)
kmod:nvidia_experimental_310 - Experimental NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library (Proprietary, Disabled, Not in use)

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 1058 (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
 Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 1652
 Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
 Memory at db000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
 Memory at c0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
 Memory at c8000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=32M]
 I/O ports at d000 [size=128]
 Expansion ROM at dc000000 [disabled] [size=512K]
 Capabilities: <access denied>
 Kernel driver in use: nvidia
 Kernel modules: nvidia_current_updates, nouveau, nvidiafb

$ dpkg -l | grep nvidia
ii nvidia-current-updates 304.43-0ubuntu0.1 NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library
ii nvidia-settings-updates 304.43-0ubuntu0.2 Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver

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