after installing PAE kernel NVIDIA driver does not work - no GUI

Bug #710744 reported by Vincent Gerris on 2011-01-31
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: firefox

After installing the PAE kernel on my machine I was left with a command prompt after boot.
Had to manually edit grub to boot proper kernel

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: firefox 3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.10.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-24.42-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-24-generic i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Jan 31 17:30:48 2011
 firefox 3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.10.1
 firefox-gnome-support 3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.10.1
 firefox-branding 3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.10.1
 abroswer N/A
 abrowser-branding N/A
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: firefox

Vincent Gerris (vgerris) wrote :
affects: firefox (Ubuntu) → nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu)
bugbot (bugbot) wrote :

Hey Vincent,

Hi, have you had a chance to test if this bug is still present in natty?

If it does (and if you're the original reporter), please boot into natty
and run the command:

  apport-collect <bug-number>

which will update the bug with fresh logs and tag the bug as affecting
natty. (It is best to run this right after reproducing the problem.)

Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
bugbot (bugbot) wrote :

We're closing this bug since it is has been some time with no response from the original reporter. However, if the issue still exists please feel free to reopen with the requested information. Also, if you could, please test against the latest development version of Ubuntu, since this confirms the bug is one we may be able to pass upstream for help.

Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
MacRules (macrules) wrote :

This bug still is present in 11.04.
After upgrading my system, the pae kernel is automatically selected and the nvidia binary driver is not working!

Vincent Gerris (vgerris) wrote :

This bus is still present in 11.04.
I did an update from 10.10 to 11.04 with a working binary nvidia driver.
I removed the pae kernel, because of the non-working driver.

After the upgrade, the pae kernel was installed, leaving me with no gui on boot.
I had to boot another kernel and remove the pae kernel again.

Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu):
status: Expired → Confirmed
Bartek Celary (karaphka) wrote :

I was able to get PAE kernel to work with just installing the kernel headers. Why it is not isntalled as a dependency?

The problem reappeared after today's kernel update which left me again without nvidia module compiled. I have switched to non-PAE kernel for now until this bug is resolved.

Bartek Celary (karaphka) wrote :

BTW, for anyone who is interested in getting this to work:

(quoting solution from

"[The] problem is that you have the nvidia driver installed as a deb package but not the driver itself, for which you need the kernel headers.

Install the package kernel-headers-blabla corresponding to your current kernel (see uname -a). Then do install --reinstall of the nvidia package or install --reinstall of the linux kernel - this will force the creation of the nvidia kernel module. Reboot.

Those commands:
sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-headers-2.6.38-8-generic-pae
sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-2.6.38-8-generic-pae"

crasic (trueurssian) wrote :

There seems to be an easy solution to this. The proprietary Nvidia driver uses the kernel headers to perform its job (the specifics of which I'm not quite clear on). Simply installing the new -pae kernel headers solved this problem for me.

I'm not versed at all with the way packages are structured, but is there a way to add a conditional dependency. e.g. if upgrading to pae kernel and the closed-source nvidia drivers are installed, then the headers should be installed as well?

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