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Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by inedibly_indelible » Sun Apr 05, 2015 6:36 pm

I have been literally sitting at my computer for the last six hours trying to get my NVidia card to work and I am about to throw my laptop out the window! I feel like I'm going around in circles and nothing is works! Please help, I am about to lose the plot!

Currently, when I enable nvidia-331, Cinnamon crashes immediately.

I have a Clevo W670SR laptop with two graphics cards:

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lshw -C video
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
  *-display               
       description: 3D controller
       product: GK107M [GeForce GT 750M]
       vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: a1
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
       resources: irq:16 memory:f6000000-f6ffffff memory:e0000000-efffffff memory:f0000000-f1ffffff ioport:e000(size=128) memory:f7000000-f707ffff
  *-display UNCLAIMED
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 06
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: vga_controller bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: memory:f7400000-f77fffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff ioport:f000(size=64)
WARNING: output may be incomplete or inaccurate, you should run this program as super-user.
I'm trying to use the nvidia-331 driver, which I selected in the Drivers GUI.

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$ dpkg -l | grep nvidia 

ii  nvidia-331                                  331.113-0ubuntu0.0.4                                amd64        NVIDIA binary driver - version 331.113
ii  nvidia-331-uvm                              331.113-0ubuntu0.0.4                                amd64        NVIDIA Unified Memory kernel module
ii  nvidia-libopencl1-331                       331.113-0ubuntu0.0.4                                amd64        NVIDIA OpenCL Driver and ICD Loader library
ii  nvidia-opencl-icd-331                       331.113-0ubuntu0.0.4                                amd64        NVIDIA OpenCL ICD
ii  nvidia-prime                                0.6.2linuxmint1                                     amd64        Tools to enable NVIDIA's Prime
ii  nvidia-settings                             331.20-0ubuntu8                     

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$ lsmod | grep nvidia

nvidia              10744943  0 
drm                   303102  3 i915,drm_kms_helper,nvidia
$ dpkg -S nvidia: http://pastebin.com/XGt9BXmS

My Xlog file is here: http://pastebin.com/snaaS9fr

Other potentially useful information:

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$ uname -a
Linux gulch 3.13.0-37-generic #64-Ubuntu SMP Mon Sep 22 21:28:38 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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$ glxinfo 
name of display: :0
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Error: couldn't find RGB GLX visual or fbconfig
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Error: couldn't find RGB GLX visual or fbconfig

Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".

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$ cat /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-graphics-drivers.conf
# This file was installed by nvidia-331
# Do not edit this file manually

blacklist nouveau
blacklist lbm-nouveau
blacklist nvidia-173
blacklist nvidia-96
blacklist nvidia-current-updates
blacklist nvidia-173-updates
blacklist nvidia-96-updates
blacklist nvidia-331-updates
alias nvidia nvidia_331
alias nvidia-uvm nvidia_331-uvm
alias nouveau off
alias lbm-nouveau off

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 $ dpkg -S libglx
nvidia-331: /usr/lib/nvidia-331/xorg/libglx.so
xserver-xorg-core: /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libglx.so
vlc: /usr/lib/vlc/plugins/video_output/libglx_plugin.so
nvidia-331: /usr/lib/nvidia-331/xorg/libglx.so.331.113

I currently have no xorg.conf file. I used nvidia-xconfig and that made the problem even worse. Cinnamon still crashes and the resolution is all messed up.

I'm not sure if this is pertinent, but I used to have an external monitor plugged into the VGA port. I no longer use it and now just use the single laptop monitor.

Also, I am using mdm. I switched to lightdm after reading that that helped some people and nothing changed.

When I open nvidia-settings it only has two submenus: Application Profiles and nvidia-settings configuration.
Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by roblm » Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:09 pm

inedibly_indelible wrote:When I open nvidia-settings it only has two submenus: Application Profiles and nvidia-settings configuration.
Usually when you see that, then the Nvidia driver is not enabled. I don't see any Xorg.0.log file in your pastebin link.

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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by inedibly_indelible » Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:16 pm

roblm wrote:
inedibly_indelible wrote:When I open nvidia-settings it only has two submenus: Application Profiles and nvidia-settings configuration.
Usually when you see that, then the Nvidia driver is not enabled. I don't see any Xorg.0.log file in your pastebin link.
Ah sorry, too many links. Xlog is here: http://pastebin.com/snaaS9fr

Wouldn't the configuration line here suggest that it is enabled?

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 $ lshw -c video
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
  *-display               
       description: 3D controller
       product: GK107M [GeForce GT 750M]
       vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: a1
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
       resources: irq:16 memory:f6000000-f6ffffff memory:e0000000-efffffff memory:f0000000-f1ffffff ioport:e000(size=128) memory:f7000000-f707ffff
  *-display UNCLAIMED
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 06
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: vga_controller bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: memory:f7400000-f77fffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff ioport:f000(size=64)


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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by roblm » Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:28 pm

inedibly_indelible wrote:Wouldn't the configuration line here suggest that it is enabled?
Yes it does (installed but not necessarily enabled), however, the Xorg.0.log file shows differently. Look in that file for a group of lines with the name of the driver followed by (0)
to see what driver is enabled. In your case, the VESA driver is enabled, so the desktop is in Fallback Mode:

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[     4.575] (II) VESA(0): initializing int10
[     4.575] (II) VESA(0): Primary V_BIOS segment is: 0xc000
[     4.575] (II) VESA(0): VESA BIOS detected
[     4.575] (II) VESA(0): VESA VBE Version 3.0
[     4.575] (II) VESA(0): VESA VBE Total Mem: 32704 kB
[     4.575] (II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM: Intel(R) HSW Mobile/Desktop Graphics Chipset Accelerated VGA BIOS
[     4.575] (II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM Software Rev: 0.0
[     4.581] (II) VESA(0): Creating default Display subsection in Screen section
        "Default Screen Section" for depth/fbbpp 24/32
[     4.581] (==) VESA(0): Depth 24, (--) framebuffer bpp 32
[     4.581] (==) VESA(0): RGB weight 888
[     4.581] (==) VESA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
[     4.581] (==) VESA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
[     4.581] (II) Loading sub module "ddc"
[     4.581] (II) LoadModule: "ddc"
[     4.581] (II) Module "ddc" already built-in
[     4.613] (II) VESA(0): VESA VBE DDC supported
[     4.613] (II) VESA(0): VESA VBE DDC Level 2
[     4.613] (II) VESA(0): VESA VBE DDC transfer in appr. 1 sec.
[     4.627] (II) VESA(0): VESA VBE DDC read successfully
[     4.627] (II) VESA(0): Manufacturer: LGD  Model: 3a5  Serial#: 0
[     4.627] (II) VESA(0): Year: 2012  Week: 0
[     4.627] (II) VESA(0): EDID Version: 1.3
[     4.627] (II) VESA(0): Digital Display Input
[     4.628] (II) VESA(0): Max Image Size [cm]: horiz.: 35  vert.: 19
[     4.628] (II) VESA(0): Gamma: 2.20
Driver Manager doesn't always work. Try it again and then use this command to check for the Nvidia driver:

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cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | egrep -i "nvidia|nouveau"

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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by inedibly_indelible » Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:38 pm

roblm wrote:
inedibly_indelible wrote:Wouldn't the configuration line here suggest that it is enabled?
Yes it does, however, the Xorg.0.log file shows differently. Look in that file for a group of lines with the name of the driver followed by (0) to see what driver is enabled. In your case, the VESA driver
is enabled, so the desktop is in Fallback Mode:
Driver Manager doesn't always work. Try it again and then use this command to check for the Nvidia driver:

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cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | egrep -i "nvidia|nouveau"

Ahh...I see.

I used the Driver Manager to select nvidia-331 again and reboot, nothing changed.

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 $ cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | egrep -i "nvidia|nouveau"
[     4.633] (II) Module glx: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
[     4.633] (II) NVIDIA GLX Module  331.113  Mon Dec  1 20:24:35 PST 2014
[     4.634] (==) Matched nvidia as autoconfigured driver 0
[     4.634] (==) Matched nouveau as autoconfigured driver 1
[     4.634] (II) LoadModule: "nvidia"
[     4.634] (II) Loading /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/xorg/extra-modules/nvidia_drv.so
[     4.642] (II) Module nvidia: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
[     4.643] (II) LoadModule: "nouveau"
[     4.644] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nouveau_drv.so
[     4.646] (II) Module nouveau: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[     4.651] (II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver  331.113  Mon Dec  1 20:01:51 PST 2014
[     4.651] (II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs
[     4.651] (II) NOUVEAU driver Date:   Thu Nov 7 14:56:48 2013 +1000
[     4.651] (II) NOUVEAU driver for NVIDIA chipset families :
[     4.720] (II) UnloadModule: "nvidia"
[     4.720] (II) Unloading nvidia
[     4.807] (EE) Failed to initialize GLX extension (Compatible NVIDIA X driver not found)


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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by roblm » Sun Apr 05, 2015 8:02 pm

That line you asked about is confusing. You must have just removed it. The Nvidia driver module was probably created. You can check by looking in /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers
for an nvidia_drv.so module.

This error line from the X log shows that the Nvidia driver is still not enabled:

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[     4.807] (EE) Failed to initialize GLX extension (Compatible NVIDIA X driver not found)
I would suggest trying one more installation but use Synaptic this time. Search for and install the packages nvidia-331 and nvidia-settings. Then use this command in
he Terminal to create an xorg.conf file:

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sudo nvidia-xconfig
Then reboot.

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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by slipstick » Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:24 pm

From this page (nVidia advanced driver search)
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us
you can find drivers for your card.

Maybe easier than downloading and installing the driver from nVidia is to add a PPA
See this site for instructions:
https://launchpad.net/~mamarley/+archive/ubuntu/nvidia
After adding the PPA, look in Driver Manager to see if there is a driver recommended - if so, select it and reboot. This worked for me on my new desktop computer which has a GeForce GTX 750 Ti card. Initially Driver Manager had no recommended drivers at all - after adding that PPA, Driver Manager recommended the 340.76 driver which works for my card.
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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by zerozero » Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:39 pm

the problem here is, i think, that nvidia-prime is not compatible with MDM
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Config/HybridGraphics#A14.04
http://www.webupd8.org/2014/04/10-thing ... buntu.html (point 7.)
either change DM from MDM to lightDM for a potential quick fix or contact the Mint developers at #linuxmint-dev on Xchat
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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by slipstick » Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:20 pm

zerozero wrote:the problem here is, i think, that nvidia-prime is not compatible with MDM
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Config/HybridGraphics#A14.04
http://www.webupd8.org/2014/04/10-thing ... buntu.html (point 7.)
either change DM from MDM to lightDM for a potential quick fix or contact the Mint developers at #linuxmint-dev on Xchat

Well, I don't have the same graphics card/computer as the OP, but I'm running LM 17.1, Cinnamon, 64-bit and according to Synaptic, nvidia-prime is installed on my machine and I'm not having any video problems. Doesn't Cinnamon use MDM ??
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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by inedibly_indelible » Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:53 am

roblm wrote:That line you asked about is confusing. You must have just removed it. The Nvidia driver module was probably created. You can check by looking in /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers
for an nvidia_drv.so module.

This error line from the X log shows that the Nvidia driver is still not enabled:

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[     4.807] (EE) Failed to initialize GLX extension (Compatible NVIDIA X driver not found)
I would suggest trying one more installation but use Synaptic this time. Search for and install the packages nvidia-331 and nvidia-settings. Then use this command in
he Terminal to create an xorg.conf file:

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sudo nvidia-xconfig
Then reboot.
In /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers I have

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 $ ls /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so -l
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 45 Apr  6 01:46 /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so -> /etc/alternatives/x86_64-linux-gnu_nvidia_drv

$ ls /etc/alternatives/x86_64-linux-gnu_nvidia_drv  -l
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 38 Apr  6 01:46 /etc/alternatives/x86_64-linux-gnu_nvidia_drv -> /usr/lib/nvidia-331/xorg/nvidia_drv.so

$ ls /usr/lib/nvidia-331/xorg/nvidia_drv.so -l
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 8131616 Dec  2 05:06 /usr/lib/nvidia-331/xorg/nvidia_drv.so

I will try to install those packages via Synaptic and then use nvidia-xconfig though.
slipstick wrote: After adding the PPA, look in Driver Manager to see if there is a driver recommended - if so, select it and reboot. This worked for me on my new desktop computer which has a GeForce GTX 750 Ti card. Initially Driver Manager had no recommended drivers at all - after adding that PPA, Driver Manager recommended the 340.76 driver which works for my card.
Ok, I'll try that as well. My Driver Manager currently has three drivers: nvidia-331 (recommended), nvidia-331 updated, and nouveau. I'll see if anything else turns up with that ppa added.
zerozero wrote:the problem here is, i think, that nvidia-prime is not compatible with MDM
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Config/HybridGraphics#A14.04
http://www.webupd8.org/2014/04/10-thing ... buntu.html (point 7.)
either change DM from MDM to lightDM for a potential quick fix or contact the Mint developers at #linuxmint-dev on Xchat
Unfortunately I already tried switching to lightdm and it didn't fix anything. Thanks though.

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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by inedibly_indelible » Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:20 am

slipstick wrote:From this page (nVidia advanced driver search)

After adding the PPA, look in Driver Manager to see if there is a driver recommended - if so, select it and reboot. This worked for me on my new desktop computer which has a GeForce GTX 750 Ti card. Initially Driver Manager had no recommended drivers at all - after adding that PPA, Driver Manager recommended the 340.76 driver which works for my card.
OK I tried this. I added the ppa and then nvidia-340 appeared in Driver Manager, which I selected and then rebooted. Nothing changed :( Cinnamon still crashes immediately.

If it matters, there were no 'recommended drivers' this time, whereas previously nvidia-331 was recommended.

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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by inedibly_indelible » Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:38 am

roblm wrote:That line you asked about is confusing. You must have just removed it. The Nvidia driver module was probably created. You can check by looking in /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers
for an nvidia_drv.so module.

This error line from the X log shows that the Nvidia driver is still not enabled:

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[     4.807] (EE) Failed to initialize GLX extension (Compatible NVIDIA X driver not found)
I would suggest trying one more installation but use Synaptic this time. Search for and install the packages nvidia-331 and nvidia-settings. Then use this command in
he Terminal to create an xorg.conf file:

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sudo nvidia-xconfig
Then reboot.

I tried this as well, exact same thing.

The frustrating thing is that nvidia-331 worked once. Then I it kept freezing my system and I think I did something to break it even further and now it wont work at all :(

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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by Cosmo. » Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:00 am

inedibly_indelible wrote:The frustrating thing is that nvidia-331 worked once.
I would call it the important thing, telling us, that this works at principle.

Check, if you find the file ~/.config/monitors.xml in your account. If so, rename it, log off and back in.

BTW: Here with a NVidia GTX 760M nvidia prime works in conjunction with MDM out of the box perfectly since LM 17.

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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by roblm » Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:06 am

inedibly_indelible,

Sometimes the nouveau driver doesn’t get disabled. This should be done automatically during the reboot and a file created, but the file may not be created or the system is not
updated to the new change. To check this, use this command in the Terminal:

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sudo update-initramfs -u
Reboot. If that doesn't correct the problem, then use this command to create a file named “disable-nouveau.conf”:

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gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/disable-nouveau.conf
In the opened file, add these two lines:

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blacklist nouveau
options nouveau modeset=0
Then use this command again:

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sudo update-initramfs -u
Reboot.

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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by inedibly_indelible » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:35 am

Cosmo. wrote: Check, if you find the file ~/.config/monitors.xml in your account. If so, rename it, log off and back in.
I moved ~/.config/monitors.xml to ~/.config/monitors.xml.bak and rebooted. Cinnamon crashed straight away :(

roblm wrote:inedibly_indelible,

Sometimes the nouveau driver doesn’t get disabled. This should be done automatically during the reboot and a file created, but the file may not be created or the system is not
updated to the new change. To check this, use this command in the Terminal:

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sudo update-initramfs -u
Reboot. If that doesn't correct the problem, then use this command to create a file named “disable-nouveau.conf”:

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gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/disable-nouveau.conf
In the opened file, add these two lines:

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blacklist nouveau
options nouveau modeset=0
Then use this command again:

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sudo update-initramfs -u
Reboot.
I did

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sudo update-initramfs -u
and rebooted, no change. I added that file with those two lines and rebooted, no change.

If it matters, I found this other file in /etc/modprobe.d:

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ls -l /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-graphics-drivers.conf 
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 49 Apr  6 12:37 /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-graphics-drivers.conf -> /etc/alternatives/x86_64-linux-gnu_nvidia_modconf

$ cat /etc/alternatives/x86_64-linux-gnu_nvidia_modconf 
# This file was installed by nvidia-331
# Do not edit this file manually

blacklist nouveau
blacklist lbm-nouveau
blacklist nvidia-173
blacklist nvidia-96
blacklist nvidia-current-updates
blacklist nvidia-173-updates
blacklist nvidia-96-updates
blacklist nvidia-331-updates
alias nvidia nvidia_331
alias nvidia-uvm nvidia_331-uvm
alias nouveau off
alias lbm-nouveau off

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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by inedibly_indelible » Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:28 pm

I think i am destined to reinstall Windows :(

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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by roblm » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:46 pm

inedibly_indelible wrote:If it matters, I found this other file in /etc/modprobe.d:
That's the file created by the Nvidia installer to disable nouveau, however, for unknown reasons, I've seen it not work, but creating the other one I suggested did.

Certain hardware configurations don't work well with Linux. At this stage it's going to take some deeper investigation. There's other areas to explore but I'll have to wait
until I get more time. It won't be until Wednesday until I can start.

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Re: Mint 17.1 and Nvidia/Intel driver woes.

Post by roblm » Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:22 am

First remove the “nomodeset” kernel parameter you added to the GRUB boot file, if it's still present. I saw this in the X log file. Then use this command
and reboot: ldconfig
If that doesn't help, then I recommend a new installation and then make a backup image of it. I use Clonezilla. Don't install updates now except for Firefox,
and then install the nvidia-331 driver. Then use these commands:

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1. lsmod | egrep -i "nvidia|nouveau"
2. ls -l /usr/lib/xorg/modules
3. ls -l /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers
4. ls -l /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions
5. ls -l /usr/lib/nvidia-331
6. ls -l /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/xorg/extra-modules
7. ls -l /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/mesa
8. ls -l /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcuda.so*
9. ls -l /lib/modules/3.13.0-37-generic/kernel/drivers/char/drm
10. ldd /usr/bin/glxgears

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