Can't install the latest NVIDIA driver

Asked by ChrisCS on 2010-04-11

Hello,

I don't know if this is the right place for this or not, but here is my query anyway:

I have a NVIDIA GE Force 6200 graphics card in my computer and I recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 over Ubuntu 9.10. With Ubuntu 9.10, I had selected the recommended NVIDIA driver (from "Hardware Drivers") which worked perfectly, giving me various desktop effects. After I installed Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 I again selected the recommended NVIDIA driver which did not produce the visual effects that were produced in Ubuntu 9.10. As Beta 2 was due to be released a week later, I did not do anything about the NVIDIA driver. After upgrading beta 1 to beta 2 I again selected the recommended NVIDIA driver but got a message after a while saying "Sorry, installation of this driver failed" and also that a different version of the driver is in use. The error message also said to look at /var/log/jockey.log which I did, but could not understand it.

Is there a way to install this driver or should I just wait for the final release of 10.04? The beta version is on a spare computer so it does not really matter if the driver does not function as expected. However, I am still learning about Linux so knowing why I can't install the driver is all part of the learning process

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2010-04-15
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2010-04-13
SilverWave (silverwave) said : #1

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=9102066#post9102066

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

Added to bottom of list:
vga16fb
nouveau

I then installed recommended driver.

The wizard downloaded and installed then reported an error
[Lucid] Jockey gives message that it failed to install nvidia hardware driver

I rebooted and all is working

ChrisCS (chriscro) said : #2

Thanks SilverWave,

I tried that but there is still a problem. After editing the file, I tried installing the driver for the NVIDIA card and it gave the same error message as before about not installing the driver. I rebooted but the driver wasn't working so I tried installing it again and got the same error message plus an additional one that said "This driver was just disabled, but is still in use".

Previously I just went for the "Recommended" driver but I have just noticed that of the three drivers suggested (Version 173, Version 96 and the Recommended one), clicking once on Version 173 produces the message "A different version of this driver is in use" and I get the same message if I click once on the Recommended version. I don't see how the card can be driven by two different drivers at the same time.

I have a 6250 and use the 195 driver.

Just run this command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nvidia-vdpau/ppa; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade; sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx-185

This will (strangely) install the 195 driver which will be fine. Your monitor may not be reporting EDIDs so we may need an xorg.conf file but we will cross that bridge if necessary

ChrisCS (chriscro) said : #4

Many thanks actionparsnip,

I did that and then rebooted. When I click on "Hardware Drivers" the window that opens has the following entries that give a message when each one is highlighted.:

NV accelerated graphics driver (version 173 - "A different version of this driver is in use"
NV accelerated graphics driver (version 96) - "This driver is not activated"
NV accelerated graphics driver (version current) "Recommended) "A different version of this driver is in use"

There isn't anything, as far as I can tell, about any other NV driver, and clicking on the recommended one followed by clicking on "Activate" results in the error message that I was getting before plus the new one ("This driver was just disabled, but is still in use"). The entry in the window now has a blue circular arrow beside it

If you used the command above you don't need the hardware drivers nonesense. Its just a gui so users who know less can install drivers without knowledge but it basically will run the command above and give a pretty gui while it does it. The driver is installed.

Can you give the output of:

dpkg -l | grep nvidia

Thanks

ChrisCS (chriscro) said : #6

Hello actionparsnip

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Here is the output you requested:

chris@chris-desktop:~$ dpkg -l | grep nvidia
ii nvidia-173 173.14.22-0ubuntu11 NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and
ii nvidia-173-modaliases 173.14.22-0ubuntu11 Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii nvidia-180-modaliases 185.18.36-0ubuntu9 Transitional package for nvidia-185-modalias
ii nvidia-185-kernel-source 195.36.15-0ubuntu2 Transitional package for nvidia-glx-185-kern
ii nvidia-185-libvdpau 195.36.15-0ubuntu2 Transitional package for nvidia-185-libvdpau
ii nvidia-185-modaliases 195.36.15-0ubuntu2 Transitional package for nvidia-185-modalias
ii nvidia-96-modaliases 96.43.14-0ubuntu12 Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii nvidia-common 0.2.23 Find obsolete NVIDIA drivers
ii nvidia-current 195.36.15-0ubuntu2 NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and
ii nvidia-current-modaliases 195.36.15-0ubuntu2 Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii nvidia-glx-180 185.18.36-0ubuntu9 Transitional package for nvidia-glx-185
ii nvidia-glx-185 195.36.15-0ubuntu2 Transitional package for nvidia-glx-185
ii nvidia-settings 195.36.08-0ubuntu2 Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driv
chris@chris-desktop:~$

Try:

sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia-glx-180 nvidia-glx-185

Then reboot then run:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx-185

You currently have 2 nvidia drivers installed which may cause issues

ChrisCS (chriscro) said : #8

Thanks for your message, actionparsnip

I did that but still have not got the visual effects back. I had a look at "System/Administration/Hardware Drivers" and it seems to be the same as before:

Version 173, when highlighted says that a different version of the driver is in use, and when I click on the Recommended version it says it is activated and in use. Does this mean that I have again got two drivers installed or does it mean that the current driver is a different version of 173?

You dont need the hardware drivers thing. Try running:

sudo nvidia-xconfig

Then rebooting

ChrisCS (chriscro) said : #10

Hello,

Sorry but this did not work either. perhaps I should wait until the final release is out. Whatever the bug is, it might have been cured by then.

Thanks for all your time and trouble.

Chris

SilverWave (silverwave) said : #11

Hi Chris just had a look at:
 * Bug #552653: [Lucid] Jockey gives message that it failed to install nvidia hardware driver

"Emiliano wrote on 2010-04-14: #46

Errata corrige: it works now. I just had to remove the default-installed driver, then reinstall it."

Not sure it that is of any help though.

Same with kubuntu 12.04!

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