Bug#735424: nvidia-driver: New vesa test

Karsten Malcher debian at dct.mine.nu
Thu Jan 23 11:37:29 UTC 2014

Hello Andreas,

Am 22.01.2014 21:41, schrieb Andreas Beckmann:
> [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

Yes - this was only a quick and dirty solution to get a running X with a new kernel.

>> 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.

Yes and No - it has also proved that my configuration is able to run X with kernel 3.12.6

> 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".

Yes - that's correct.

I will made the following test now:

1. Backup the current upgraded jessie partition (with the chance to recover).
2. Boot jessie, deinstall all Debian NVidia packages
3. Install NVidia driver 331.38

Then we will see if this will work.

> 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.

I have no doubt that this will work.
The problem is a failing upgrade from wheezy to jessie.


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