Help with Nvidia driver, please (SOLVED)

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Help with Nvidia driver, please (SOLVED)

Postby Deleted User 855 » 16 Oct 2013 00:37

I'm trying to use the Nvidia driver so I can use Steam. The DDM lists it as recommended but when I click it to install and and then reboot as instructed, I just get a text login prompt and after entering username and password I still don't get the graphical interface. The card is Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT.

I used revocovery mode to enter mv/etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak so I could get back in. It's now using the vesa driver. Help, please?

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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby Deleted User 855 » 16 Oct 2013 14:34

UPDATE: I tried choosing the Nvidia driver with the DDM again. After selecting it, it said it would use that driver upon rebooting so I rebooted. It did boot into the graphical interface but when I checked DDM again, it is still showing that it is using the Vesa driver. Is there some other way to make it use the Nvidia driver? The DDM doesn't seem to be working.

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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby not found » 16 Oct 2013 18:29

I am very loath to give advice on something I haven't tried myself but I see that there are linux drivers directly from nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html) which you might give a go.

I used to always install drivers from AMD that way but since I am on nvidia now I was lucky enough that DDM just worked for me.

If I am not mistaken the one that DDM will want to install is this one - http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-disp ... river.html


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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby zerozero » 16 Oct 2013 19:56

before any further action can you please open a terminal and share with us the output of

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inxi -FGxx
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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby Deleted User 855 » 16 Oct 2013 20:30

zerozero wrote:before any further action can you please open a terminal and share with us the output of

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inxi -FGxx
System: Host: solydk Kernel: 3.10-3-686-pae i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.7.3)
Desktop: KDE 4.11.2 (Qt 4.8.6) dm: kdm Distro: SolydXK 1 testing
Machine: System: HP-Pavilion product: GX612AA-ABA m8330f Chassis: Hewlett-Packard type: 3
Mobo: ASUSTek model: NARRA3 version: 3.02 Bios: Phoenix version: 5.11 date: 04/15/2008
CPU: Quad core AMD Phenom 9500 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4a svm) bmips: 17679.4
Clock Speeds: 1: 1100.00 MHz 2: 1100.00 MHz 3: 2200.00 MHz 4: 1100.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA G86 [GeForce 8500 GT] bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:0421
X.Org: 1.12.4 driver: nouveau Resolution: 1440x900@59.9hz
GLX Renderer: N/A GLX Version: N/A Direct Rendering: N/A
Audio: Card: NVIDIA MCP61 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:05.0 chip-ID: 10de:03f0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.10-3-686-pae
Network: Card: NVIDIA MCP61 Ethernet driver: forcedeth port: ec00 bus-ID: 00:07.0 chip-ID: 10de:03ef
IF: eth1 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:1e:8c:6e:f2:d0
Drives: HDD Total Size: 640.1GB (2.4% used)
1: id: /dev/sdb model: SAMSUNG_HD320KJ size: 320.1GB serial: S10MJDPPC00906
2: id: /dev/sda model: SAMSUNG_HD320KJ size: 320.1GB serial: S10MJDPPC00916
Partition: ID: / size: 57G used: 15G (27%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 4.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 43.0C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 162 Uptime: 3:35 Memory: 881.0/3040.2MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.1 alt: 4.4/4.6/4.7
Client: Shell (bash 4.2.45 running in konsole) inxi: 1.9.14

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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby zerozero » 16 Oct 2013 21:01

that looks good (apart from the fact that now you don't have openGL support but it's due to the failed driver installation and xorg.conf removal)
what is strange is that ddm fails with that card (it's a common card, shouldn't be an issue)
can you share the output of

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dpkg -l | egrep '(linux-image|linux-headers)'
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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby Deleted User 855 » 16 Oct 2013 21:26

zerozero wrote:that looks good (apart from the fact that now you don't have openGL support but it's due to the failed driver installation and xorg.conf removal)
what is strange is that ddm fails with that card (it's a common card, shouldn't be an issue)
can you share the output of

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dpkg -l | egrep '(linux-image|linux-headers)'
Is there a typo in that? I just get
dpkg -l | egrep '(linux-image|linux-headers)'
bash: syntax error near unexpected token `('

I tried a third time to install the Nvidia driver with DDM and got the same results as the first try this time - text login and no graphical display. I do use the Nvidia driver with my other distro on this same computer, and it works with that one (Netrunner).

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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby zerozero » 16 Oct 2013 21:35

strange :o no typo

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zerozero@home ~ $ dpkg -l | egrep '(linux-image|linux-headers)'
ii  linux-headers-3.10-2-amd64             3.10.7-1                            amd64        Header files for Linux 3.10-2-amd64
ii  linux-headers-3.10-2-common            3.10.7-1                            amd64        Common header files for Linux 3.10-2
ii  linux-headers-3.10-3-amd64             3.10.11-1                           amd64        Header files for Linux 3.10-3-amd64
ii  linux-headers-3.10-3-common            3.10.11-1                           amd64        Common header files for Linux 3.10-3
ii  linux-headers-3.2.0-4-amd64            3.2.41-2                            amd64        Header files for Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64
ii  linux-headers-3.2.0-4-common           3.2.41-2                            amd64        Common header files for Linux 3.2.0-4
ii  linux-headers-3.9-1-amd64              3.9.8-1                             amd64        Header files for Linux 3.9-1-amd64
ii  linux-headers-3.9-1-common             3.9.8-1                             amd64        Common header files for Linux 3.9-1
ii  linux-headers-amd64                    3.10+52                             amd64        Header files for Linux amd64 configuration (meta-package)
ii  linux-image-3.10-2-amd64               3.10.7-1                            amd64        Linux 3.10 for 64-bit PCs
ii  linux-image-3.10-3-amd64               3.10.11-1                           amd64        Linux 3.10 for 64-bit PCs
ii  linux-image-3.2.0-4-amd64              3.2.41-2                            amd64        Linux 3.2 for 64-bit PCs
ii  linux-image-3.9-1-amd64                3.9.8-1                             amd64        Linux 3.9 for 64-bit PCs
ii  linux-image-amd64      
as you see it works here
but we will get there from another angle

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aptitude search linux-headers linux-image | grep ^i
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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby Deleted User 855 » 16 Oct 2013 21:42

zerozero wrote:

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aptitude search linux-headers linux-image | grep ^i
aptitude search linux-headers linux-image | grep ^i
i linux-headers-3.10-2-486 - Header files for Linux 3.10-2-486
i linux-headers-3.10-2-686-pae - Header files for Linux 3.10-2-686-pae
i linux-headers-3.10-2-common - Common header files for Linux 3.10-2
i A linux-headers-3.10-3-486 - Header files for Linux 3.10-3-486
i A linux-headers-3.10-3-686-pae - Header files for Linux 3.10-3-686-pae
i A linux-headers-3.10-3-common - Common header files for Linux 3.10-3
i linux-headers-486 - Header files for Linux 486 configuration (
i linux-headers-686-pae - Header files for Linux 686-pae configurati
i linux-image-3.10-2-486 - Linux 3.10 for older PCs
i linux-image-3.10-2-686-pae - Linux 3.10 for modern PCs
i A linux-image-3.10-3-486 - Linux 3.10 for older PCs
i A linux-image-3.10-3-686-pae - Linux 3.10 for modern PCs
i linux-image-486 - Linux for older PCs (meta-package)
i linux-image-686-pae - Linux for modern PCs (meta-package)

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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby zerozero » 16 Oct 2013 21:54

kernel and headers (the bit that i was looking for) are properly installed.
system is updated (as far as i can see)
please run ddm in the terminal with debug flag and attach the created ddm.log (found in your home directory) to your next post

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ddm -d
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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby Deleted User 855 » 16 Oct 2013 22:32

zerozero wrote:kernel and headers (the bit that i was looking for) are properly installed.
system is updated (as far as i can see)
please run ddm in the terminal with debug flag and attach the created ddm.log (found in your home directory) to your next post

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ddm -d
I've attached the log. Thanks for your help with this.
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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby zerozero » 17 Oct 2013 01:28

everything looks fine, i have no idea why the driver installation would fail
try this please (we are going to re-install it)

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sudo apt-get install --reinstall nvidia-kernel-dkms

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sudo nvidia-xconfig
also post the output here :)
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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby helmsdeeper » 17 Oct 2013 09:12

Just curious ZeroZero, does DDM normally take care of "nvidia-xconfig" in this process?

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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby zerozero » 17 Oct 2013 13:09

yes, ddm writes back the new xorg.conf (except when dealing with optimus setups where that action breaks the driver installation)
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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please (SOLVED)

Postby Deleted User 855 » 17 Oct 2013 13:16

zerozero wrote:everything looks fine, i have no idea why the driver installation would fail
try this please (we are going to re-install it)

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sudo apt-get install --reinstall nvidia-kernel-dkms

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sudo nvidia-xconfig
also post the output here :)
That worked! Yay! Thanks so much for your help.

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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby zerozero » 17 Oct 2013 13:22

very happy we made it :D
enjoy 8-)
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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby not found » 17 Oct 2013 14:12

zerozero wrote:very happy we made it :D
enjoy 8-)
Sorry for almost derailing the whole fix by looking for an alternative fix rather than fixing the fix that wasn't working. Learnt a number of things from following the thread at least!


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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please (SOLVED)

Postby zerozero » 17 Oct 2013 14:18

ohh, not at all ;) all the help is welcomed (and i missed the topic until you posted, so there's that as well :lol: )
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Re: Help with Nvidia driver, please

Postby Deleted User 855 » 17 Oct 2013 14:44

not found wrote:
zerozero wrote:very happy we made it :D
enjoy 8-)
Sorry for almost derailing the whole fix by looking for an alternative fix rather than fixing the fix that wasn't working. Learnt a number of things from following the thread at least!


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Thanks to you, too. I appreciate any and all well-intentioned help and I was just glad to see that someone had replied!


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