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Old 12-29-08, 07:28 AM   #1
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Default drivers 180.xx instable?

Hello,

here is my htpc (that I''m connecting to my LCD TV Sony 40W4000 via HDMI):
Antec NSK2480 Desktop case
GigaByte GA-E7AUM-DS2H (nvidia chipset Geforce 9400)
Intel Dual Core E5200
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1TB
Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400C5/G 4GB Kit 800Mhz

I installed kubuntu 8.10 64bit, and drivers 180.16. but it seems that I have problems reported here, meaning that when I'm resizing windows, pc freezes...

Someone could advise me on the most stable nvidia driver available with support for 9400. 180.11?

also, how do I uninstall 180.16 drivers to revert to 180.11?

many thanks
vini
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Old 12-29-08, 07:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: drivers 180.xx instable?

Try 180.18 first.
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Old 12-29-08, 08:01 AM   #3
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When you run the installer for any driver version, any other version already installed (if you used nvidias installer, not your distro's packages) is automatically removed.
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Old 12-29-08, 09:53 AM   #4
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if you used nvidias installer, not your distro's packages)
sorry to ask a so newbie question: what do you mean by nvidia installer? I got my current drivers in the sticky, and installed them through konsole.
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Old 12-29-08, 10:04 AM   #5
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The drivers in the sticky are the aforementioned installers.

Make sure, you do not have any packages named "nvidia-*" or "linux-restricted-modules-*" installed when you use the installers provided here.
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Old 12-29-08, 10:47 AM   #6
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The drivers in the sticky are the aforementioned installers.

Make sure, you do not have any packages named "nvidia-*" or "linux-restricted-modules-*" installed when you use the installers provided here.
ok, thanks for info. How do i proceed then?

I look into synaptic package manager? find if any nvidia-* are installed, and if I find some, what should I do then?

Also, what would be the best method to install 180.18 or 180.11?

what about Envy?

thanks again.
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Old 12-29-08, 11:02 AM   #7
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ok, thanks for info. How do i proceed then?

I look into synaptic package manager? find if any nvidia-* are installed, and if I find some, what should I do then?
you remove them including config files ("complete removal").

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Also, what would be the best method to install 180.18 or 180.11?

what about Envy?
I have never used envy, just installed the drivers by hand, and works. I don't know if envy has support for beta drivers.
Installing by hand should be safe if you do not have any packages containing a conflicting version of the nvidia driver installed.
You only have to reinstall every time you have updated your kernel.
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Old 12-29-08, 03:00 PM   #8
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Try 180.18 first.
I've tried them, worked fine through one evening, next day they got broken, got noise (red and blue snow on the POST screen suggesting that graphics card is broken!), had to downgrade back to 177.82.

I hope NVIDIA developers will focus on fixing existing issues rather than adding new futures and braking drivers more. Otherwise I will need to reconsider ATI next time I buy a new laptop.
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Old 12-29-08, 09:24 PM   #9
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you remove them including config files ("complete removal").
sorry to ask again. I just go in package manager, unselected all "nvidia-*" and "linux-restricted-modules-*" things and re-install 180.11? right?

where do I find config files? in root somewhere?

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Old 12-30-08, 08:00 AM   #10
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In Synaptic for every installed package there should be the options "Mark for Removal" (which leaves config files and init scripts) and "Mark for Complete Removal" (which also removes config files and init scripts), just select the second for every package.
If Synaptic automatically selects other packages to be removed (because of dependencies), you should nevertheless mark these additional packages for "Complete Removal" by hand (by default they are only marked for "Removal" and not for "Complete Removal").

In general, all important system wide config files are located somewhere in /etc. If you chose "Complete Removal" Synaptic takes care of them. The only config file that is of special interest here is /etc/X11/xorg.conf . You should perhaps keep a backup of it somewhere.

After uninstalling nvidia driver, log out (no shut down or reboot, just end your session), change to a virtual terminal (ctrl+alt+F1...ctrl+alt+F6, the X-Server can normally be found on ctrl+alt+F7 or ..+F8) log in, become root ("sudo su -", now you do not have to use sudo for every command). Use
Code:
/etc/init.d/gdm stop
to stop your X-Server

then cd to the directory containing the driver installer, and run it. If it asks if it should update your xorg.conf select yes if you install the driver for the first time and no for every subsequent time.

After the installer is finished, just run
Code:
/etc/init.d/gdm start
and you should be able to log in again.
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