PB with installing the non free Nvidia driver

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PB with installing the non free Nvidia driver

Postby kaizer on Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:38 pm

Recently I had a suspend issue on my laptop and I fixed it by using nvidia driver insted of nouveau (post http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=141&t=75548). I installed the proprietary driver manually and today I found that post http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/331%20non-free%20nvidia%20driver%20instalation%20X%20%20InboxX which give a better method. I reckon following that method would avoid me in the future to re-install nvidia driver which every kernel update (tell me if I am wrong) so I tried that method but I get that error:

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sudo apt-get install nvidia-kernel-dkms nvidia-glx build-essential nvidia-settings nvidia-xconfig
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
build-essential is already the newest version.
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 nvidia-glx : Depends: libgl1-nvidia-glx (= 275.09.07-1)
E: Broken packages


not sure what I should do to fix that.
Thank you for your help.
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Re: PB with installing the non free Nvidia driver

Postby zerozero on Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:08 pm

atm nvidia is broken in testing; you can either wait for the fix (shouldn't take long) or:
- add sid to your sources.list,
- update (don't upgrade
- follow the how-to in the community site;
- disable again sid from the sources.list
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Re: PB with installing the non free Nvidia driver

Postby kaizer on Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:20 am

ah ok,
I will then wait for the fix. Also can you please tell me if my other remark was correct: advantage of following the method described by clem compare to the manual install of the driver I performed?
I reckon following that method would avoid me in the future to re-install nvidia driver which every kernel update (tell me if I am wrong

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Re: PB with installing the non free Nvidia driver

Postby zerozero on Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:21 am

this is the method i follow as well (and the only that worked for me);
everytime you get a kernel upgrade or a driver upgrade they will be rebuild, no need to reinstall
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Re: PB with installing the non free Nvidia driver

Postby AlbertP on Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:35 am

dkms packages should rebuild automatically, but perhaps Debian does not do that (Ubuntu does).
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Re: PB with installing the non free Nvidia driver

Postby kaizer on Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:52 am

One more questions on that topic. Knowing that the pack 2 is about to arrive in latest what gonna happen to my system: new kernel will destroy my curent nvidia driver (the one I installed manually) so I guess that after update I will have to boot to terminal and perform the proper install of nvidia (with dkms package). Is this correct? or is is there somehing more clever to do?
Is it gonna work if when updates are available I only install nvidi dksm package and then I install the kernel and other package?
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Re: PB with installing the non free Nvidia driver

Postby thomasmc on Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:48 pm

kaizer wrote:One more questions on that topic. Knowing that the pack 2 is about to arrive in latest what gonna happen to my system: new kernel will destroy my curent nvidia driver (the one I installed manually) so I guess that after update I will have to boot to terminal and perform the proper install of nvidia (with dkms package). Is this correct? or is is there somehing more clever to do?
Is it gonna work if when updates are available I only install nvidi dksm package and then I install the kernel and other package?


I can't speak for nvidia, but I installed pack 2, and not only didn't have any effect on my proprietary ATI drivers, it even allowed me to use the latest kernel, which had not worked for me before.
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Re: PB with installing the non free Nvidia driver

Postby bridaddy69 on Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:04 am

lmde has the stub installer for using smxi /sgfxi to update kernels and nvidia drivers. It works perfect....just a suggestion...:-)
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Re: PB with installing the non free Nvidia driver

Postby cooleric1234 on Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:11 pm

bridaddy69 wrote:lmde has the stub installer for using smxi /sgfxi to update kernels and nvidia drivers. It works perfect....just a suggestion...:-)


What package is that? I couldn't find it doing a search on smxi or sgfxi in the software repository. I went to the website and see they usually recommend downloading the latest scripts before you run it each time. Honestly, that kind of defeats the purpose, if I wanted to download something each time I could just do that with the NVIDIA drivers.
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Re: PB with installing the non free Nvidia driver

Postby gosa on Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:37 am

cooleric1234 wrote:
bridaddy69 wrote:lmde has the stub installer for using smxi /sgfxi to update kernels and nvidia drivers. It works perfect....just a suggestion...:-)


What package is that? I couldn't find it doing a search on smxi or sgfxi in the software repository. I went to the website and see they usually recommend downloading the latest scripts before you run it each time. Honestly, that kind of defeats the purpose, if I wanted to download something each time I could just do that with the NVIDIA drivers.


I'm not sure what it says on the webpage, but I do know that if you download sgfxi from the smxi/sgfxi website it updates itself every time you run it. In other words there's no need to manually download anything to get it updated...
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