Bug#735424: nvidia-driver: New vesa test

Andreas Beckmann anbe at debian.org
Wed Jan 22 20:41:43 UTC 2014

[Please keep the Bug Cc:ed - therefore fullquote]

On 2014-01-22 10:47, Karsten Malcher wrote:
> Hello Diederik,
> that's really interesting.
> So it must be a configuration problem of previous installations?
> Do you have made a fresh installation or an upgrade?
> I have made now an additional test:
> On a third partition i have a copy of my wheezy installation.
> In this installation i have an self compiled kernel V 3.12.6 for some
> driver tests with a newer kernel.
> Up to now i booted there using the neauveau driver with this configuration:
> Section "Device"
>         Identifier      "n"
>         Driver          "nv"
> EndSection

shouldn't that be Driver "nouveau" ? ("nv" is an even older driver last
seen in squeeze) but that wouldn't even need an xorg.conf

> Now i deinstalled all Debian NVidia packages in this installation and
> installed the actual NVIdia driver
> NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.38.run
> I did have some problems with compilation of the driver, although i
> installed the kernel with a debian building script.
> ii  linux-image-3.12.6 3.12.6                             amd64       
> Linux kernel binary image for version 3.12.6
> ii  linux-image-3.2.0-3-amd64 3.2.23-1                          
> amd64        Linux 3.2 for 64-bit PCs
> But the driver could be installed an is running fine!
> So something with the configuration or the debian package of 319.82 is
> not correct.
> The newer driver 331.38 is running on the same installation as the
> upgraded one in this bug.

This has only proved that 331.38 is running in a wheezy environment.
Vesa should work there as well. As I understood your problem so far it
is "all xserver video drivers result in a black screen in jessie".

Do you have a spare hard disk to make a minimal fresh jessie
installation (installing on a usb stick should work as well) and see if
you can get X running with vesa/nouveau (and nvidia afterwards)?
Thereafter compare /etc contents, maybe install the exactly same
packageset in the new install and look for differences.

> Cheers
> Karsten
>> Andreas,
>> I have the same graphics card (GT 430), the same driver version and
>> (almost)
>> the same kernel (Linux bagend 3.12-1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.12.8-1
>> (2014-01-19)
>> x86_64 GNU/Linux) and everything is running fine here.
>> So if you want me to check/test things so 'notes' can be compared,
>> just let me
>> know (I'm subsribed to the pkg-nvidia-devel ML).
>> Cheers,
>>    Diederik

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