nvidia driver no longer works

Bug #563477 reported by Ken Pratt on 2010-04-14
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: xorg

I have the Beta Lucid installed and all was working well with Nvidia and Metacity and the 'normal' Visual Effects setting up until an update late last week. (This of coincided with my installation and attempt to use gnome-do). After the update and or install of gnome-do, I can no longer use the normal or extra Visual Effects options. When I bring up gnome-do and attempt to turn on Docky, I am informed that "Your display is not properly configured for theme and animation support. To use these features you must enable compositing." When I check the System->Adminstration->Hardware drivers, I see that there are two Nvidia drivers installed:

version 173 and version current.

The 'version current' is marked green and active.

So it seems that during X Startup the compositing portion of the Window manager is abbending of otherwise not allowing for composite functionality. Something is broken.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: xorg 1:7.5+5ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-20.30-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-20-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: amd64
Date: Wed Apr 14 19:44:30 2010
 nvidia-173, 173.14.22, 2.6.32-20-generic, x86_64: installed
 nvidia-current, 195.36.15, 2.6.32-20-generic, x86_64: installed
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Beta amd64 (20100318)
MachineType: Dell Inc. Precision M6300
ProcCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-20-generic root=UUID=89e9fe44-ee46-463a-9876-9936a3a37b72 ro quiet splash
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: xorg
Symptom: display
dmi.bios.date: 05/16/2008
dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.bios.version: A10
dmi.board.name: 0WY897
dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.chassis.type: 8
dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA10:bd05/16/2008:svnDellInc.:pnPrecisionM6300:pvr:rvnDellInc.:rn0WY897:rvr:cvnDellInc.:ct8:cvr:
dmi.product.name: Precision M6300
dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.
glxinfo: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
 distro: Ubuntu
 codename: lucid
 architecture: x86_64
 kernel: 2.6.32-20-generic

Ken Pratt (kenpratt) wrote :
Ken Pratt (kenpratt) wrote :

I booted the laptop, then CTRL-ALT-F1 to get to a vconsole. Then I executed 'stop gdm'. Then I executed:

lsmod | fgrep nvidia

The result was: nvidia 10799466 30

However, executing

modprobe -r nvidia

results in:

FATAL: Module nvidia not found.

There seems to be some kind of an incompatibility between the nvidia module and the module maintenance system?

Ken Pratt (kenpratt) wrote :

Now when I log in I have to manually start metacity at a command prompt.

Bryce Harrington (bryce) on 2010-04-15
affects: xorg (Ubuntu) → nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu)
Ken Pratt (kenpratt) wrote :

I installed a new system from scratch using the Beta 2 64 bit disk. I ran into the same problem detailed above. However, I removed the drivers (2 of them) then re-installed using the Preferences->Appearance->Visual Effects and selecting normal. This initiated the search for drivers. I followed through that process, rebooted, and now all is working.

dino99 (9d9) wrote :

That version is no more supported; please open a new bug report if the actual archive found version also has the same issue.

Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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