Bug#625813: xorg: Reoccurrence with diagnostics while in the problem state

Andreas Beckmann debian at abeckmann.de
Wed Aug 31 09:22:25 UTC 2011

On 2011-08-31 11:11, Thomas Thorne wrote:
> Well I feel slightly foolish but plenty of searching has not provided
> an asnwer I am confident in yet. What is the cleanest way for me to
> update my nvidia driver to the one in testing?  At present the most
> clear instructions I can find are at
> http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers but that does not work
> for me (my system sticks with 195.36.31).  I could try and build the
> drivers from source but that feels like the wrong way to do things.
> I did try forcing nvidia-kernel-dkms to 280.13-2 as that seemed like
> it should do what I wanted but the nvidia setting manager still
> reports me using the older version.

For a squeeze amd64 system it should work to install the nvidia-glx
package (and all its dependencies) from testing without needing to
upgrade anything else to testing.

> I also tried http://wiki.debian.org/ModuleAssistant but that said I have the latest version too... which I do but I want the unstable version and I cannot force it.  "Apt-get -t unstable" also said that I was already up to date for which ever nvidia package I pointed it at.  

Did you reboot after updating the driver? Or manually stop Xorg, unload
the old nvidia kernel module and restart X?
There should have been a debconf notice explaining this.

If you use reportbug to do a followup on this bug report (from the
problematic machine of course), we will get a list of packages installed
currently, modules loaded, logfiles etc. that may help to further
disgnose your problem.


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