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Old 06-19-09, 07:37 AM   #1
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Default any drivers cant be installed after kernel update

I'm running ubuntu intrepid 64bit. After the kernel update drivers wont install anymore.

What causes this problem? Compiling a module?

The card is GTX 280.

I've removed any previous drivers and downloaded kernel headers and sources.
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Old 06-19-09, 08:40 AM   #2
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Default Re: any drivers cant be installed after kernel update

It looks like you are trying to install the drivers manually... This is not a good idea on Ubuntu. You should either use the built-drivers (which wouldn't work for you, because your card was released after Intrepid) or use the latest drivers from a PPA, like mine. This should enable you to install them.
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Old 06-19-09, 11:44 AM   #3
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I used ppa but it just does the same. After the xconfig gnome says "module does not exist".
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Old 06-19-09, 12:12 PM   #4
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What is the output of aptitude/Synaptic when you attempt to install the driver?
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Old 06-19-09, 12:18 PM   #5
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Default Re: any drivers cant be installed after kernel update

Download latest nvidia driver then do a sudo apt-get build-essential

Go to synaptic, remove all nvidia stuff as well as linux restricted modules and linux restricted modules common by marking them complete unistall

Do a ctrl+alt+F1 and login, after that do a sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

Make sure your drivers are in home folder.

execute sudo sh NVIDIA and hit tab and the driver will be picked up automatically.

Follow all options shown and select yes for all. After its done, do a sudo reboot and you will have the latest best nvidia driver on your system.
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Old 06-19-09, 12:51 PM   #6
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Ignore that. You should install the driver with APT. Otherwise, numerous problems may occur down the road which will make X silently fail, or have other serious problems.
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Old 06-19-09, 12:59 PM   #7
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If installing nvidia's own driver leads to problems, then I guess nvidia is doing a mighty poor job. So far from SuSE 8 days I have installed nvidia drivers via the download and never have used older regressive drivers in repo. I am yet to face issues on a two year old Hardy PC or the latest Jaunty PC. Nvidia's drivers today installed via sh gives you the best performance and compatibility and there is no reliability issues. The drivers in the repos are nothing but nvidia drivers tested by Ubuntu team and then put in repos.
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Old 06-19-09, 04:02 PM   #8
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error was caused by developmental kernel updater. yet the drivers didnt recognize in the system automatically.. but now it works. thanks folks! \o/
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Old 06-19-09, 06:47 PM   #9
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The problems I was talking about are related to Xorg and kernel updates. If you manually install the Nvidia drivers, no kernel module auto-updating takes place. If you upgrade to a kernel with an ABI difference, the Nvidia KM will no longer load, causing a failure to start X. If there is an Xorg/Mesa update that overwrites the Nvidia openGL libraries, OpenGL will cease working. Installing through the repos provides a much safer, easier method. There are numerous PPAs, including my own, that provide the latest drivers, so having old versions in the official repos is not a problem.
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Old 06-19-09, 09:26 PM   #10
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DKMS can be incorporated for nvidia driver as well, the how to is in the Ubuntu forum and it works successfully, however its very easy to unistall the drivers and re-install in case of xorg or mesa or kernel update, its a non issue. The problem with ppa is that its one man's work, what happens if he or she stops updating the PPA?
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