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[regression] Nvidia 295.40: Unity 3D does not work at all with the new nvidia driver

Reported by Sven on 2012-04-15
This bug affects 196 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
NVIDIA Drivers Ubuntu
Undecided
Unassigned
Unity
High
Unassigned
nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu)
High
Alberto Milone
nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates (Ubuntu)
High
Alberto Milone
Precise
Undecided
Unassigned

Bug Description

After update of the NVIDIA driver to version 295.40 the unity 3d desktop does not work.
I am using a GeForce 6200 on a i386 architecture Ubuntu 12.04 beta.

Sven (sdiedrichsen) on 2012-04-15
description: updated
description: updated
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Fred Palmer (oldfred) wrote :

In my case with fallback mode and 3d the close, min, max buttons totally disappeared. Only when I changed to 2d mode did icons reappear.

Terry Jones (terryjones1983) wrote :

This bug hasn't affected 12.04 beta 2 64bit. I have tried to replicate it on two seperate machines.

Machine 1 (GTX470) Running 12.04 beta 2 with all latest updates - Working Fine
Machine 2 (GTX260) Running 12.04 beta 2 with all latest updates - Working Fine

Must be limited to i386? Can Anyone confirm?

Alberto Milone (albertomilone) wrote :

Please type the following command:
sudo nvidia-bug-report.sh

and attach your "nvidia-bug-report.log" file, which you will find in your home directory

In my case all machines are running Ubuntu 64-Bit.
I have attached nvidia-bug-report.log.

Thanks,
Effenberg

Charles Profitt (cprofitt) wrote :
Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Charles Profitt (cprofitt) wrote :

Terry Jones:

My installation is 64bit and it has affected me.

Cristian Arezzini (macavity80) wrote :

Affects me too, Unity3D does not work, 2d does. Running 12.04 64bit. Running "Unity --reset" from tty1 ends in a segfault.

Alberto Milone (albertomilone) wrote :

@Daniel, any ideas about this issue?

Alberto Milone (albertomilone) wrote :

@everyone: can you also attach your ~/.xsession-errors after trying to start unity 3D, please?

There seems to be 2 different situations in current reports and latest posts at forums:

1) Very slow GL performance. Unity 3D session varies from barely usable (more powerful VGA cards) to unusable session (low-end card - session simply stalls). No crash of Compiz / Unity Plugin. The Unity 2D session is normal. Unity --reset, or creating a new user with default settings and logging in, doesn't fix the problem.

2) Compiz simply crashes when Unity (3D) session is loaded, right after a succesful login in lightdm. The segfault is visible via logs. Since it crashes, there won't be a launcher, global panel, indicator on the desktop (no Compiz == no Unity Plugin loaded). The 2D session works fine.

As a test, have you people tried installing some previous version of NVidia driver? I have tried 295.33 only, and reached the very same results. I will test 295.20 still today as soon as I can.

You can get previous NVidia drivers versions at http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us or via ftp download.nvidia.com.

In order to test / install a previous driver version:
1) Download the driver to a known directory (~/Downloads, for example)
2) Press Ctrl+Alt+F6 to switch to another Virtual Terminal and login with your User/Password
3) Run "sudo service lightdm stop" (or NVidia installer will not run, because there's an active X session)
4) Run "cd ~/Downloads && sudo chmod +x ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.33.run" (if that's the version you have downloaded, to make the installer executable)
5) Run "sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.33.run" and press "OK" to all installer questions (default options)
6) As the installer finishes, run "sudo reboot now" to reboot the machine.
7) At lightdm, login to Unity 3D and verify if there was any change or improvement.

Also:
- Make sure you are not running nouveau. You can check if nouveau is loaded by running "lsmod | grep -i nouveau". It should display no results.
- Make sure your currently loaded NVidia kernel module is the same version as the installed drivers. You can check that nvidia Kernel module is is loaded with "lsmod | grep -i nv". If you installed NVidia drivers from the proprietary/binary installer from NVidia website/FTP it should output "nvidia". If you have NVidia installed from Ubuntu repos (pakage nvidia-current) it should output nvidiafb. To check the Kernel module version, use "modinfo nvidia" or "modinfo nvidiafb". It should output "version: <version number> along with other module details. This version should match the drivers you installed.

I'm not sure this is NVidia related. If everyone could try previous (known to work) versions of NVidia drivers, it could be very helpful for properly triaging this bug. I recommend testing 295.20 and previous ones.

If anyone needs help with these procedures, start a thread at UbuntuForums in the Ubuntu+1 sub-forum.

Feel free to contact me for any further info.

Regards,
Effenberg

Here's my $HOME/.xsession-errors (attached).

Thanks,
Effenberg

avb (avbweb) wrote :

With version 295.40 my Unity 3D desktop was practically unusable. Had to switch back to 295.33 with deb file from ubuntu-x-swat ppa.

Daniel Dadap (ddadap) wrote :

Are the other affected users also running GeForce 6200 or similar boards?

As an experiment, try reverting the security patch here: ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/patches/security/CVE-2012-0946/

You should be able to do this without reinstalling the whole driver by manually reverting the patch in /usr/src/nvidia-current-295.40 and then rebuilding just the kernel module using DKMS. (May want to have X stopped / module unloaded while doing this.)

GeForce 6xxx series isn't susceptible to the vulnerability.

I am running 3 machines (desktops) with NVidias: : GT9500 and GT9600 (dead slow, unusable, but no compiz crashes) and one with GTS450 (slow, but usable, because the VGA Card is much more powerful, no compiz crashes). I have just tested NVidia 295.20 and have the same problem. All desktops are powerful ones: AMD Phenom II X6, 6-cores, @3.4GHz, 16GB Ram. I have never seen they running slow, no matter the load.

I have also noticed one new thing: All cads are running hotter than normal (I noticed the fan noises). They can't move from "performance mode" to "adaptive mode". It's like if they all PCs were running something very heavy. But they are not.

Regards,
Effenberg

Daniel Dadap (ddadap) wrote :

Effenberg, I think you're experiencing a different set of problems than the original reporters, who have a regression in 295.40 compared to 295.33.

What's your display configuration? If you have multiple large displays, or multiple displays with different resolutions, it is sometimes necessary to stay in the maximum performance state at all times. Is your GPU still unable to clock down if you use a single display, possibly at a lower resolution?

asasoft (asasoft) wrote :

Ubuntu 12.04 64bits CD2 Nvidia 9500 (nvidia-current)
Poor (unusable) perfomance with opengl (games/apps) on both modes Unity/2d , no crashes.

@Daniel

I have tried many configurations, from a single monitor (19") to 3 monitors (including large LCDs - 22", 40", 42", and different resolutions), and haven't noticed any difference any improvement or change, for good or bad, in performance. Performance used to be blazing fast, with and without external monitors, until the updates of Apr 15th. I've been testing this same hardware from OO Alpha to now, wen't through many NVidia drivers, and never had such a performance impact as I'm seeing now.

However, I completely agree: After the updates of the mentioned date, which triggered the problem here, reverting to previous NVidia drivers versions has not improved or fixed the problem for me. If other users are in fact fixing it by reverting to previous NVidia releases, I'm seeing some other problem.

Thanks,
Effenberg

vmc (vmclark) wrote :

I'm using amd64 install, with nvidia geforce 6150 SE integrated, NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.20.run driver.

My problem is the focus. It takes several seconds for the focus to appear or disappear. It may be related to this report.

Sven (sdiedrichsen) wrote :

I have run the nvidia-bug-report.sh shell script after logging into the unity 2d desktop.
I'd love to hand over the information you requested after unity 3d login but my box is unusable under 3d.

You will find the infos for the last 3d login if you scroll down the file. The last 3d login attempt is from 15th of april.

Hope that helps. Cheers,
Sven

Sven (sdiedrichsen) wrote :

Version 295.33 fixed the error for me.
Had to manually add 'ignoreABI' flag to xorg.conf but after that unity 3d works.
I have attached my Xorg.0.log file.

Cheers,
Sven

Todd Howe (tehowe) wrote :

I've an AMD64 HP Pavilion laptop with a builtin NVidia module.

I'm running up-to-date Precise LTS beta 2 and was unable to use this machine until today when I dropped back to Unity 2D as well.

PS for anyone that had autologin activated and are thus blocked from picking Unity2D because you're automatically booting into Unity 3D, edit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf and remove any lines referencing 'autologin'

Bryce Harrington (bryce) on 2012-04-16
affects: nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates (Ubuntu) → nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu)
dmiranda (dmiranda) wrote :

The crash also occurs using gnome shell and kde (with effects enabled) and gnome classic with compiz.

In my machine i can only use gnome classic without compiz and unity 2d

I believe that this bug are not from unity but from nvidia.

Ubuntu_cork (mick-itcork) wrote :

I have found a workaround for me based on Alvara descrition above :)
My hardware is a GeForce 7000M/nForce 610m
The solution is simply to remove the 295.40 module and to replace it with the 295.20 series and perform two tweaks as mentioned above.

1) If you don't have it already done, update your system using the following:
apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
2) apt-get remove nvidia-current nvidia-common
3) Download the driver from http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/linux-display-amd64-295.20-driver-uk.html
4) Go to a terminal by holding down ALT, TAB & F2 (Any F key from 1-6 should work)
5) execute: lightdm stop
if using kdm, replace light dm with kdm, or if using gdm for display login replace lightdm with gdm.
go to the directory where you downloaded the display driver.
look for NVIDIA-"something".run
6) chmod +x ./NVIDIA-*
7) Make sure you have build-essential installed if not install it with apt-get install build-essential
8) execute " ./NVIDIA-whateverthefilenameis.run" without quotes
9) restart your display with "lightdm start" at the command prompt and choose 2d ubuntu
10) once logged in with unbridled thanks to Alvaro "Effenberg0x0" Leal perform the following steps

- Unchecking "Sync to VBlank" in CCSM/OpenGL Plugin;
- Unchecking "Sync to VBlank" in nvidia-settings (at XServer XVideo Settings and OpenGL Settings)

Reboot, login and hey presto regular unity 3d should now be up and running for you, worked for me :)
I hope this helps some if not all here.

Mick.

Ubuntu_cork (mick-itcork) wrote :

apologies, comment above is about Alvaro from Bug #982762 I hope I am crediting the right person for their help.

Again, hope all this is of some use to at least one other person besides me

Mick.

Hi Mick, Unchecking "Sync to VBLank" always did make things a little faster for me using NVidia drivers, although it generally creates some tearing, specially when watching high-res movies. I wonder if it will fix everyone's problems in this situation. It would be interesting if everyone here could test it too.

But I'm more interested in how you came to replacing lightdm for gdm/kdm. I mean, if you undo this change, is the problem back?

Thanks,
Effenberg

Ubuntu_cork (mick-itcork) wrote :

Hi Alvaro,

Apologies if it was unclear, since my little laptopbox is incapable of Hires movies, I never considered or came across it. For some reason with Gnome3/XFCE/KDE installed on my lappy the dm was causing me issues and I couldnt get to a terminal yet with lightdm installed even when unity flipped out, at least I could with that

I am just applying todays patches which include some unity stuff so I am hoping this fixes the problem, right now the main problem I noticed since posting is that the window manager is there but not visible, and compiz is taking control of the window manager somehow as if I hold down alt-leftmouse I can move the windows about, alt-tab cycles through etc etc....

Will report back as soon as I know more.

Ubuntu_cork (mick-itcork) wrote :

Hi again folks,

Please bare with me if above I have caused confusion with window manager stuff, as suffering the ill effects of brain tumour still :)

With reference to the Display managers, I had kdm running instead of lightdm running as I prefer it as its more tweakable :) send all flames to your local mp not me, ok? ;)

Just updated to latest updates as of today, and most of unity has been updated, yay!!!
After update log in as regular user, and execute "unity --reset"n and everything is flying along again for me!

I hope this works for others too :)

Now going to reinstall KDE, LXDE, XFCE for fun and see if they are all working again.

Mick.

Irish by birth, Cork by the Grace of God :)

Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:
http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/reports/bugs/982485

tags: added: iso-testing
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

A crash, which is apparently specific to nvidia 295.40, is being tracked in bug 980298.

Ben A (8-roothorick-gmail-com) wrote :

Seeing the same issue with a GeForce Go 6150 in an HP Pavilion tx2000.

It's worth noting that the problem isn't specific to Unity. Pretty much anything 3D runs dog slow if it doesn't freeze or crash outright. glxgears on my system gives a depressing 5fps.

Like others, reverting to 295.33 fixed the problem.

When I have time, I'm going to try applying the security fix to the 295.33 module and see if the problem comes back.

According to this thread (http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=2547028), running a patched version of 295.33 (with the security fix, but without unrelated changes) should resolve the performance issues.

Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Confirmed
Shaman (szaman35) wrote :

Can somebody explain me how to revert to 295.33 (patched or not) and where I can download this driver?
Ubuntu 11.04 non-unity desktop (gnome 2.x + compiz) has the same issue.
Veeeerrry slow screen refresh. It is looks like vblank works for every display line instead of every frame.

Don Myers (donmyers) wrote :

Does anyone know what the current driver was that was installed by default with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 2 prior to the patch that installed 295.40? I had been using the system for about a week and a half prior to this problem, and it worked great in all respects!!!!

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

I think this bug might be a duplicate of bug 980298, which is about nvidia 295.40 causing compiz to crash (i.e. no Unity).

And performance issues with nvidia 295.40 are being tracked in bug 982710.

summary: - nvidia 295.40 breaks unity 3d
+ [regression] Nvidia 295.40: Unity 3D does not work at all with the new
+ nvidia driver
Yuriy Tkachenko (yuriytk) wrote :

GeForce 6150se onboard chip video does not work with Unity 3D (Ubuntu 12.04 amd64)

Hồng Quân (ng-hong-quan) wrote :

@Mick: Thank you so much. That's work for me!

Gargon87 (aundreallen87) wrote :

same issue on Geforce 7150m... It started when i upgraded nvidia package in 12.04 beta (had not updated for about a week and a half) and did a fresh install this morning and same black screen with no responsiveness. The mouse arrow was the only thing i could see. beta and official version are 32-bit (AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor TK-55)....

Matt (mattcbro) wrote :

I'm seeing this bug as well, however I can report an oddity that I picked up from another related bug.
If you log into your guest account, compiz and unity 3D work. The implication is that there are settings that are applied in the non-guest account that mess up the driver. What would those be?

Paul (p37307) wrote :

@Matt (mattcbro), re comment 39

Logging in as Guest account did not fix the problem. Seen same behavior and problems as if I logged in the main account.

As a test to make sure the guest account didn't get corrupted in the past, as I log in as guest when I go in stealth web mode, I created a new user. I logged into the new user and had the same problems with NVIDIA, COMPIZ and Unity.

Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Alberto Milone (albertomilone)
Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
importance: Undecided → High
assignee: nobody → Alberto Milone (albertomilone)
Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2012-05-07
no longer affects: nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu Precise)
Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates (Ubuntu Precise):
status: New → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed
Pat (usa104) on 2012-05-12
Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates (Ubuntu Precise):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
madbiologist (me-again) on 2012-05-14
tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed
Bryce Harrington (bryce) on 2012-05-15
Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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Installing 295.53 changes nothing. X-session freezes very soon. I think that my bug has nothing to do with Unity, because in same machine same problem is with OpenSUSE 12.1 KDE enviroment. There must be something in xorg or kernel or nvidia driver.

madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

@ Abhishek Kharvadi (abhihello) - the fix for the 32-bit version will be released at the same time as the fix for the 64-bit version. I'm not sure when that will be though. Martin Pitt probably knows. If you want to get it before then see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed

@ everybody - NVIDIA has indeed released a new driver, version 295.53 - see http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTEwMzk
However it is not packaged in the normal (recommended) Ubuntu repositories yet - see https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates
It is also not in proposed yet - see the above link and http://people.canonical.com/~ubuntu-archive/pending-sru.html
This of course doesn't matter too much as the fix for this bug is in 295.49.

I have just found out why 295.49-0ubuntu0.1 has not migrated from -proposed to the normal (recommended) repository - according to http://people.canonical.com/~ubuntu-archive/pending-sru.html it is being held up by bug #982710 which is still awaiting verification of a fix in 295.49-0ubuntu0.1

madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

@ angus - given the number of people who have reported that 295.49 has fixed their problem, it is probable that you have a different bug, particularly if using a different output connector on your computer works (can you try that?). I suggest that you use the ubuntu-bug tool to file a new bug.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2012-05-18
Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates (Ubuntu Precise):
status: Fix Released → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates - 295.49-0ubuntu0.1

---------------
nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates (295.49-0ubuntu0.1) precise-proposed; urgency=low

  * New upstream release:
    - Added support for the following GPU:
      o GeForce GTX 690
    - Fixed a problem where starting, stopping, and moving
      OpenGL application windows was very slow on Quadro
      FX 4600, Quadro FX 5600, GeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce
      8800 GTS, and GeForce 8800 Ultra (LP: #982710).
    - Fixed an OpenGL performance regression which
      affected Geforce 6 and Geforce 7 series integrated
      GPUs (LP: #982485).
 -- Alberto Milone <email address hidden> Fri, 04 May 2012 16:42:10 +0200

Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates (Ubuntu Precise):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
angus (angus-post) wrote :

@ madbiologist - yep it could be something else but what??....I don't understand what you meant about using a different output connector? I think i will file a new bug as you suggest. Thanks

Evan R (evan-gowfb) wrote :

ugh... compiz still crashes on startup even with 295.49, time to install GNOME I guess. I like unity 3d but it's annoying having even webpages with flash freeze randomly while using the "default" driver, and unity 3d is not usable with nvidia driver.

Evan R (evan-gowfb) wrote :

gnome works fine.. compiz crashes in unity 3d with two displays (seems to work with only one display, though)

Zippert (daniel-zippert) wrote :

It seams that my card was still blacklisted, after forcing unity to start all works perfectly good. so whats the point to have the 7400 card still blacklisted?

zippert@12:~$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce Go 7400/PCIe/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 2.1.2 NVIDIA 295.49

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 3D supported: no
zippert@12:~$

I use this to make 3d mode start.
    sudo nano /etc/environment
    add: UNITY_FORCE_START=1
    Save the file with Ctrl+S
    reboot

robin (robins) wrote :

Hey guys,
Good news for those on GeForce GT 230/PCIe/SSE2 the latest beta update 302.11 with nvidia-settings v295.53 (lock version in synaptic).

I switched to xedgers ppa, so please do this at your own risk!

good luck all

robin (robins) wrote :

Edit: Sorry for posting on this issue again but it seems like my previous #192 comment by premature, the X crashing issue is back. It seemed for a while that things might be ok but now atleast 4 crashes happen every hour.

Matt (mattcbro) wrote :

I upgraded to 295.53. This causes X to fail entirely. I can't even boot into any graphical version of Ubuntu with this driver, let alone run compiz. I'm running an Nvidia gtx 280 card. So far my only relief is to run the beta driver 302.07. I might try 302.11 if that's out.

Don Myers (donmyers) wrote :

I've upgraded two computers to 295.49, and one to 295.53 and have tested them for about a week. There have not been any issues with any of them.

Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

Guys, this bug report is now closed. I would advise switching to UbuntuForums or askubuntu for continued discussion about NVIDIA driver issues.

Tommy_CZ (t-kijas) wrote :

Bryce: Are you joking? This bug still exists and affects a lot of people, even after upgrade to newer drivers.
nity_support_test -p
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce GT 240M/PCIe/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 302.11

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
tom@tom-Lenovo-IdeaPad-Y550P:~$
But Unity 3D doesn't start. All I can see is desktop with icons. No compiz, no bars, no decorations.

Tommy, it seems it's obvious to everyone but you that you're seeing a different problem entirely. This bug was in regards to a regression in 295.40 that I can personally vouch has been fixed in 295.49.

Ken McLean (kenmclean) wrote :

I too am still experiencing the same problems caused by a regression on upgrade to Precise. If I force 3D unity to be loaded on startup all I get is my wallpaper after login. I can't see how this could possibly be a different issue.

Ken McLean (kenmclean) wrote :

Well, I apologise, I was wrong. I managed to fix my problem.

When running unity_support_test -p I was receiving "Error: no composite extension".

I ran:
sudo nvidia-xconfig --composite

Rebooted

and now I am running Unity 3D.

Hopefully this helps someone else.

Peti (woelfter) wrote :

I am experiencing the same problem described in #199 when I add

UNITY_FORCE_START=1

to /etc/environment. Without this setting, only unity2d is starting with nvidia GeForce 7300.

I have tried almost all suggestions and drivers, even 302.11 from edgers repository, but no change at all.

I am very disappointed because with same hardware ubuntu 10.04 was working like a charme, even 3d. Will this problem be fixed? When? Is there a work-around?

madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

@Peti - You say "I have tried almost all suggestions and drivers", so I assume that you have tried running "sudo nvidia-xconfig --composite" and then rebooting.

Please open a new bug report by using the ubuntu-bug tool and attach the output of unity_support_test -p
You can link to the new bug report here if you like.

Peti (woelfter) wrote :

I have added output of unity_support_test -p and description to Bug #1001539.

h3 (h3) wrote :

Same problem here .. Fortunately "sudo nvidia-xconfig --composite" / reboot fixed it.

Abhishek Kharvadi (abhihello) wrote :

Maybe I am wrong or just plain stupid, but I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 precise 32-bit and selected "Install Third party" thingy and I still get the driver 295.40 in the NVIDIA-XCONFIG. Am I doing something wrong? If the fix is released, then should I not get 295.49 instead of .40?

I haven't tried any of the suggestions above as I do not know how to install the beta driver 302.xx and by default I am not seeing the 295.49 driver yet in my system.

I think I am doing something wrong here.

Thanks,
Abhishek

madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

@Abhishek - Try opening a terminal window and running "sudo apt-get update" (without the quotation marks).

If that doesn't help, just install 295.40 and then run Update Manager to get 295.49.

Abhishek Kharvadi (abhihello) wrote :

@madbiologist: Tried that, but no success. Finally, was able to find this link and it worked like a charm. Seems we need to install a ppa to replace the current driver. Although, I must say that Unity is very very slow to respond in the current driver, nigh unusable. Have switched to Gnome-Shell right now, which looks good :)

http://ashu-geek.blogspot.in/2012/05/nvidia-29549-released-with-support-for.html

Thank you for your help, madbiologist :)

Abhishek

madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

@Abhishek - I'm glad that worked for you, but it shouldn't be necessary. Other people in this bug didn't need to do that. (That page in the link you provided was published before 295.49 was available in -updates - see https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates/+publishinghistory )

I think something may be seriously wrong with your 12.04 installation. Have you been offered any other updates since installation? If not, run Update Manager from the Software Centre manually. If it has no updates, you should file a new bug using the ubuntu-bug tool.

Don Myers (donmyers) wrote :

I have a secondary computer at the office which is not used frequently. I was using it the last few days last week. It had a clean, updated install of 12.04 64 bit. The video performancwe was very laggy. So I took a look at what it had for video. It was nvidia, and thew 295-40 driver was installed. In synaptic, as of Friday, the current nvidia driver available through the repositories was 295-40. I ended up using the swat 295-53 driver, and the video improved sigfnigicantly.

madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

@Don - what was the exact name of the package in Synaptic?

I will need to get back to you tomorrow. That computer is in my office.
Sorry!

On 06/03/2012 09:09 AM, madbiologist wrote:
> @Don - what was the exact name of the package in Synaptic?
>

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Visit the Farm and Rural Property Division Website at
www.cbur-ruralproperty.com <http://www.cbur-ruralproperty.com/>_
_View Don's farm website: www.myersfarm.com <http://www.myersfarm.com/>
*~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*

Abhishek Kharvadi (abhihello) wrote :

@madbiologist: Since the release is committed, I should have received
295.53 by default when I checked "Install 3rd party" software. What I
received was 295.40 and even after updates, it was still the same. It
never upgraded to 295.53 even from update manager (it showed it is
up-to-date).

All other updates worked fine (I received Firefox update as well as
other updates just fine from the update manager). The article you
mentioned worked for me and installed 295.53. However, Unity3D is still
very slow for me. I have a 6150 Nvidia card.

If no other users are experiencing this, then I will file a bug.

Regards,
Abhishek

On Sunday 03 June 2012 11:33 PM, Don Myers wrote:
> I will need to get back to you tomorrow. That computer is in my office.
> Sorry!
>
> On 06/03/2012 09:09 AM, madbiologist wrote:
>> @Don - what was the exact name of the package in Synaptic?
>>
> --
>
> *~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*
> Don C. Myers
> e-PRO Certified by the National Association of Realtors
> Manager, Farm and Rural Property Division
> *Coldwell Banker University Realty
> *126 East Foster Avenue, State College, PA 16801
> Phone: 814-237-6543 Fax: 814-237-6502
> Visit the Farm and Rural Property Division Website at
> www.cbur-ruralproperty.com<http://www.cbur-ruralproperty.com/>_
> _View Don's farm website: www.myersfarm.com<http://www.myersfarm.com/>
> *~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*
>

Don Myers (donmyers) wrote :

Hi,

Attached are two screen shots from Synaptic. I'll insert them here also,
but I'm not sure they will display in the body of the response on the board.
Nvidia 1

I locked the 295.53 driver once it was installed. Before I installed
that driver, nvidia-current was 295.40 and it showed as the installed
driver. This computer did not have the issues that were described in
this bug. There are three computers (one a co-workers, and two belonging
to my brother) which did. I upgraded those all to either 295.49 or
295.53 two to three weeks ago using swat. I also locked those drivers on
those machines. This computer I did the end of last week was working
really laggy with the video. I actually didn't check what it had for
video until I got tired of it being so laggy last week. While this
computer is not used frequently (it is a back up to my main system and I
primarily use it to upload video while I'm editing video on my main
computer) a couple of times each week I do boot it and apply upgrades.
It was completely upgraded when I did the 295.53 install the end of last
week, and as I said above, 295.40 showed as the installed driver.

Here is the second screen shot from Synaptic:
Nvidia 2

It does show 295.49 in two nvidia packages, but none of these, if they
were here last week, had installed and overwritten the 295.40
nvidia-current package.

Please let me know if I can be of further help.

Don

On 06/03/2012 09:09 AM, madbiologist wrote:
> @Don - what was the exact name of the package in Synaptic?
>

--

*~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*
Don C. Myers
e-PRO Certified by the National Association of Realtors
Manager, Farm and Rural Property Division
*Coldwell Banker University Realty
*126 East Foster Avenue, State College, PA 16801
Office Phone: 814-237-6543 Fax: 814-237-6502
Home Phone: 814-422-8111 Cell Phone: 814-571-9518
Visit the Farm and Rural Property Division Web Site at
_www.cbur-ruralproperty.com <http://www.cbur-ruralproperty.com/>
_View Don's Farm Web Site at www.myersfarm.com <http://www.myersfarm.com/>
*~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*

madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

Thanks Don. Your screenshots are not attached though. Can you login to Launchpad directly (as you did in comment #209) and attach the files using the "Add attachment or patch" link at the bottom of the page?

It is hard to be sure from your description alone, but it sounds like you are monitoring and upgrading the nvidia-current package. The package that is getting updates is nvidia-current-updates. The screenshots should clarify this.

Don Myers (donmyers) wrote :

Sorry!!!!!! Attached are the screen shots for 214. You are correct in your assumption about following the nvidia-current package. Should the updates have automatically switched from nvidia-current to nvidia-current-updates? It looks like I can only do one attachemtn, but I tried to do both. The first one if two don't show up showed the 295.53 driver as the installed driver and I locked it.

Don Myers (donmyers) wrote :

I don't see an attachment again!!!!!! Sorry. I will try again!!!!!!

madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

You can only attach one file at a time in Launchpad.

I'm not 100% sure if the updates should have automatically switched from nvidia-current to nvidia-current-updates, but I think they should have, base on other people's experiences (I don't own an NVIDIA card). Installing packages from the X Updates (x-swat) PPA may prevent this from occurring but you got a very similar package for that PPA anyway and it is working for you now, which is the main thing.

I understand that you have locked the driver version in Synaptic to prevent being downgraded back to 295.40. You may want to remove the lock when driver version 302.xx hits that PPA, install it and then lock the version again. 302.11 beta is available for testing now (but not in that PPA), the final 302.xx driver will have a higher version suffix.

Don Myers (donmyers) wrote :

Thank you so much for your input. I will keep an eye out for the 302.xx
version.

On 06/05/2012 06:27 AM, madbiologist wrote:
> You can only attach one file at a time in Launchpad.
>
> I'm not 100% sure if the updates should have automatically switched from
> nvidia-current to nvidia-current-updates, but I think they should have,
> base on other people's experiences (I don't own an NVIDIA card).
> Installing packages from the X Updates (x-swat) PPA may prevent this
> from occurring but you got a very similar package for that PPA anyway
> and it is working for you now, which is the main thing.
>
> I understand that you have locked the driver version in Synaptic to
> prevent being downgraded back to 295.40. You may want to remove the
> lock when driver version 302.xx hits that PPA, install it and then lock
> the version again. 302.11 beta is available for testing now (but not in
> that PPA), the final 302.xx driver will have a higher version suffix.
>

--

*~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*
Don C. Myers
e-PRO Certified by the National Association of Realtors
Manager, Farm and Rural Property Division
*Coldwell Banker University Realty
*126 East Foster Avenue, State College, PA 16801
Office Phone: 814-237-6543 Fax: 814-237-6502
Home Phone: 814-422-8111 Cell Phone: 814-571-9518
Visit the Farm and Rural Property Division Web Site at
_www.cbur-ruralproperty.com <http://www.cbur-ruralproperty.com/>
_View Don's Farm Web Site at www.myersfarm.com <http://www.myersfarm.com/>
*~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*

Matt (mattcbro) wrote :

This bug is so frustrating. I really don't want to switch distro's since it's such a headache installing all my software and configuring everything. Yet every time Ubuntu upgrades their nvidia drivers or does anything that touches X my computer becomes unbootable and I have to install the v. 302.11 beta drivers again. (After going through the very non-user friendly twice repeated Grub recovery menu.)

I still get this behavior even after running the command

echo "nvidia-current hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections

mentioned above for locking out the driver, and even though I have uninstalled compiz, since that causes an immediate crash. Basically compiz no longer works for my gtx 280 card and for now I've given up hope that it ever will.

Don Myers (donmyers) wrote :

Matt,

I upgraded 4 computers using the drivers from swat 4 to 6 weeks ago. Three have 295.49, and one has 295.53. The 295.40 driver was nvidia-current. The swat drivers replace the driver in nvidia-current, which was 295.40 originally. I locked the nvidia-current from swat using synaptic and no updates have changed the driver on any of these computers. I understand that the 295.49 driver is in nvidia-current-upgrades and not in nvidia-current. One nvidia 6500 card worked perfectly in Ubuntu 11.04 and earlier. This is a backup computer. In 11.10 when I would do something, it always seemed to be a little sluggish. With the 294.40 driver in Ubuntu 12.04 it was worse. The 295.53 driver improved things a lot, but it srtill wasn't right. A week ago I went looking for a video card to replace it. I got a relly good ATI card for $24 That is a much, much better card than I had. The computer works great now.

Don

Issue still there on quantal with nvidia 304.51 (log out issues).

I've reproduced on Gnome with compiz and LXDE with metacity and openbox.

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

This issue is Fix Released and only about driver 295.40

If you have any continuing or new bugs then please log a new bug using this command:
    ubuntu-bug unity

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