Bug#640019: [nvidia-kernel-source] No longer works

Diederik de Haas didi.debian at cknow.org
Thu Sep 1 15:07:55 UTC 2011

On Thursday 01 September 2011 16:48:08 David Baron wrote:
> Package: nvidia-kernel-source
> Version: 280.13-3
> Severity: grave
> --- Please enter the report below this line. ---
> Previously installed version (including related software and alternatives
> packages) failed on kdm start. Error cited was ABI incompatabiliy. The
> suggested option -ignoreABI--I have no idea where to apply it.
> I removed the packages and attempted a reinstall
> Both dkms and m-a builds fail to install the module (even though there is
> no dkms notification of such).
> nvidia-glx is not (re-)installable at present

Hi David,

See also http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=639737
Below you'll find my /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf:

#This section is a workaround for the ABI mismatch between 280.13-2 and Xorg
#This workaround was mentioned in bug 639737
Section "ServerFlags"
        Option  "IgnoreABI"     "true"

Section "Device"
        Identifier      "Configured Video Device"
        Driver          "nvidia"

As far as I know there are a couple of workarounds:
1. Downgrade X to version 1.10 (as described by Andreas in the aforementioned bug)
2. Downgrade nvidia drivers to the testing versions
3. Upgrade to the (beta) version in experimental (285.03) and add the IgnoreABI flag.


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