Bug#661253: NVIDIA driver causes random X termination

Russel Winder russel at winder.org.uk
Wed May 9 16:12:00 UTC 2012

I just tried completely de-NVIDIA-ing my workstation and updating to
this morning's Debian Unstable, removing the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and
running with nouveau (which is repouted to work fine on Fedora. This
boots fine to the GDM3 login screen, however it refuses to login to
GNOME Shell, starting GNOME2 instead. This comes up with no window
manager but Metacity works fine once started. I have removed Compiz. In
fact GNOME Shell works if started but it's performance is appalling --
completely unusable. I have no data about stability as I wasn't prepared
to try using it for long enough.

I then installed the latest NVIDIA 295.49 from the NVIDIA installer and
rebooted. This works for a while and then spontaneously terminates X
which means GDM kicks in and shows a new login screen. In other words
business as usual :-(( I have no idea if this is a kernel problem, an
NVIDIA problem, or a mix of the two. All I can say is that I cannot
afford to use the workstation because of the randomness of this failure.

I am thinking maybe I just get a new graphics card that NVIDIA are more
likely to be careful about supporting -- I am assuming that none of the
recent changes to the driver contain any changes that affect my Quadro
FX570. Anyone any suggestions?

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