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Old 04-20-10, 07:08 AM   #13
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Default Re: nvidia-settings refuses to save xorg.conf anywhere

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Are you installing driver via PPA or via run file from nvidia's site?
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Ubuntu 9.10 and the nvidia PPA
from the PPA, not the run file. Tho it never upgrades cleanly, then I boot into low graphics.. doa remove on all nvidia stuff, then reinstall and it works.

This time (done this plenty of previous time), with the new "feature" that it refuses to save xorg.conf. (not that saving ever does me any good as it forgets at reboot)
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Old 04-20-10, 10:20 AM   #14
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from the PPA, not the run file. Tho it never upgrades cleanly, then I boot into low graphics.. doa remove on all nvidia stuff, then reinstall and it works.

This time (done this plenty of previous time), with the new "feature" that it refuses to save xorg.conf. (not that saving ever does me any good as it forgets at reboot)
Would you be willing to try the run file method?
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Old 04-20-10, 11:12 AM   #15
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Would you be willing to try the run file method?
I used to have terrible luck with that method. I dunno.. what I'm seeing it annoying, but it works 90%. This not-saving-at-all thing is a new wrinkle... but as I mentioned, saving never really produced any benefit anyway, as at each reboot I'd have to manually set the refresh rate to get the screen to not look hazy.

Nothing in the log making sense to anyone? shell conflict perhaps?
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Old 04-20-10, 10:15 PM   #16
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I used to have terrible luck with that method. I dunno.. what I'm seeing it annoying, but it works 90%. This not-saving-at-all thing is a new wrinkle... but as I mentioned, saving never really produced any benefit anyway, as at each reboot I'd have to manually set the refresh rate to get the screen to not look hazy.

Nothing in the log making sense to anyone? shell conflict perhaps?
I have been using Linux since 1999 and from what I remember, always preferred the run method as it gives me the latest cutting edge drivers. Its quite easy to install and only needs reinstall if there is a kernel update.
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Old 04-20-10, 10:51 PM   #17
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The way you install the driver should not matter for your problem.

How about python2.6? Your crashes seem related to that. I notice that the default in debian is still at 2.5, maybe in ubuntu as well and there is some incompatibility between those versions?
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Old 04-21-10, 09:38 AM   #18
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The way you install the driver should not matter for your problem.
agreed.

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How about python2.6? Your crashes seem related to that. I notice that the default in debian is still at 2.5, maybe in ubuntu as well and there is some incompatibility between those versions?
I dunno.. when I look I see
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lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2009-11-01 13:05 /usr/bin/python -> python2.6*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2230352 2009-12-07 14:38 /usr/bin/python2.6*
It looks like its been there for a few months, and the settings would save up until my nvidia driver update a few days ago. So I dunno. Since no one else has jumped into the thread having the same problem, it must be something unique to my system, tho its not like I'm doing anything strange that I know of.

python 2.5 is still installed.. I will try pointing the link back to 2.5 tonite and see if that makes a difference.
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Old 04-21-10, 05:18 PM   #19
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Argh.. same thing with python 2.5

Code:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/screen-resolution-extra/nvidia-polkit.py", line 75, in <module>
    operation_status = main(options)
  File "/usr/share/screen-resolution-extra/nvidia-polkit.py", line 51, in main
    exit_code = conf.backupAndWriteXorgConf([options.backup_filename, options.filename])
  File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.5/dbus/proxies.py", line 68, in __call__
    return self._proxy_method(*args, **keywords)
  File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.5/dbus/proxies.py", line 140, in __call__
    **keywords)
  File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.5/dbus/connection.py", line 620, in call_blocking
    message, timeout)
dbus.exceptions.DBusException: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.UnknownMethod: Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.5/dbus/service.py", line 649, in _message_cb
    (candidate_method, parent_method) = _method_lookup(self, method_name, interface_name)
  File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.5/dbus/service.py", line 244, in _method_lookup
    raise UnknownMethodException('%s is not a valid method of interface %s' % (method_name, dbus_interface))
UnknownMethodException: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.UnknownMethod: Unknown method: backupAndWriteXorgConf is not a valid method of interface com.ubuntu.ScreenResolution.Mechanism


ERROR: Unable to open X config file '/etc/X11/xorg.conf' for writing.
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Old 04-22-10, 12:59 AM   #20
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There's some dude with a very similar problem here.
http://newyork.ubuntuforums.org/show....php?t=1459566

Problem was apparently a malformed xorg.conf line?!
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Old 04-22-10, 07:16 AM   #21
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There's some dude with a very similar problem here.
http://newyork.ubuntuforums.org/show....php?t=1459566

Problem was apparently a malformed xorg.conf line?!
thanks.. that's an interesting find.. but the way I read it, it was not a corrupt xorg.conf... he erased his.. started from scratch and still had the issue. His solution was a clonezilla restore.

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even sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf* to remove the config files inc. backups and then sudo nvidia-xconfig afterwards to remake the config files - yet again same errors!! :/
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Solved the problem by restoring from a clonezilla image,
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Old 04-29-10, 08:36 AM   #22
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more folks with the same problem:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...gs/+bug/477309
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Old 04-30-10, 02:19 PM   #23
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I'm brand new here so be patient...

I am unable to save the xorg.conf file in any matter as well. And with trying to get 2 monitors to work this is a real pain since I have to pull up the nvidia-settings every time I boot and config BOTH monitors.

I have posted elsewhere on this as well without any corrective results. Here are 4 sites thus far reporting this:
http://newyork.ubuntuforums.org/show....php?t=1459566
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...gs/+bug/477309
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1101445
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=150126 (here)

Here is my basic info:
Intel Motherboard DP55WG, CPU i7 860
XFXForce nvidia 9400GT PCI-e Part No PV-T94G-ZAH2
Ubuntu 64-bit 9.10 linux, kernel 2.6.31-20-generic

From /proc nvidia interface:
Model: GeForce 9400 GT
IRQ: 16
Video BIOS: 62.94.61.00.58
Card Type: PCI-E
DMA Size: 40 bits
DMA Mask: 0xffffffffff
Bus Location: 01.00.0

I have the nvidia-bug-report.log.gz file but don't see how to attach it to this posting. I read in one of the sticky posts that this is required to submit for bug reports but I can't see how...

My installation procedure was to use Ubuntu's synaptic package installer for the debian-type nvidia packages at the "nvidia-vdpau/ppa" repository.

Early on I used the 185.18.36 release. Next I upgraded to 190.53 and finally 195.36.15. ALL react the same way with this failure to save the xorg.conf file. I too cannot save the file anywhere. I have not tried the direct nvidia .run installation method because I'm unsure of how to manage the package post installation since I use synaptic.

In fact I went back and outstalled and installed each one again in increasing revision. All of these report successful installation. ALL exhibited this problem. I tried the posted "work arounds" and none of them worked.

So, how about a real fix before the human hours wasted on this bankrupts us.

regards,
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Old 04-30-10, 02:23 PM   #24
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FWIW, I upgraded to 195.36.24 and can now save xorg.conf (I still have to run nvidia-settings every time I reboot to set my refresh rate tho... the load settings only thing doesn't work either)
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