Bug#735424: nvidia-driver: New vesa test

Andreas Beckmann anbe at debian.org
Mon Jan 27 19:28:05 UTC 2014

On 2014-01-27 17:20, Karsten Malcher wrote:
> This time something with the headers is mixed up and does not work.
> In kernel.txt you can see which packages are installed.
> The first time i run NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.38.run i get the errors of
> make.log

Is the linux-headers-3.12-1-common package correctly installed? (check
with debsums) Before reinstalling, delete the manually created link.

> I tried to correct this by a symbolic link:
> linux-headers-3.12-1-common -> linux-headers-3.12-1-common-rt

the NVIDIA driver does not work under RT kernels, so get rid of the
linux-headers-3.12-1-rt-amd64 linux-headers-3.12-1-common-rt packages

> Then i rerun the installer and get make2.log
> I have no idea what's going wrong this time?
> Nothings works. :-(

you probably don't need the uvm module ...

>> But this is not going to fix your problem. There is something X-related
>> broken as you could see in the failing vesa test. Maybe some outdated
>> library, forgotten file or symlink somewhere or a non-default
>> configuration setting somewhere.
> Yes - but how to find out?
> I thought it would be easier to get a running NVida-driver first.

Changing the tires does not get your car going if the battery is dead.

>> You should really try to do a clean minimal jessie install on a separate
>> disk, ensure X is working properly, install the same package set as you
>> have on the "grown" system, ensure X is still working, and compare the
>> two installations.
> Hmmm - yes - but that will take really much time.
> I will try to do this, it will take time to find a day with some hours ...

Unfortunately I don't see another way to find the tiny difference that
breaks your system.

>> BTW, in your wheezy installation, which driver and kernel version were
>> you using? Did you test with the nvidia driver from wheezy-backports?
> I posted somewhere at the beginning of the bug. It is 304.88-1+deb7u1
> You mean i should install the backport driver on wheezy first?
> I can try whatever can be done that don't need a half of a day.

319.82 backport was uploaded a few hours ago. See the backports page for
instructions how to use backports.

This should be rather quick and is just to verify that there isn't
something broken w.r.t 319.82 on your card.


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