Bug#749264: No nvidia-driver working
vcheng at debian.org
Sun Sep 21 09:08:01 UTC 2014
On Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 3:38 AM, Karsten Malcher
<debian at home.decotrain.de> wrote:
> Hello Vincent,
> i didn't get your email from Sat, 9 Aug 2014 or from the debian bug system.
> So i see it today in the bug system.
Fix your smtp server so that it stops timing out.
> So i installed
> # aptitude install nvidia-glx-legacy-173xx nvidia-kernel-dkms
No, just install nvidia-glx-legacy-173xx (as suggested by
nvidia-detect); its dependencies will ensure that you have a working
nvidia 173.xx driver installed. Installing nvidia-kernel-dkms on
wheezy will actually pull in the default 304.xx driver series, which
is obviously not what you want. If you take a look at the log file you
attached in your followup message...
[ 42.428] (II) NVIDIA GLX Module 304.117 Tue Nov 26 21:45:09 PST 2013
[ 42.445] (WW) NVIDIA(0): The NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 GPU installed
in this system is
[ 42.445] (WW) NVIDIA(0): supported through the NVIDIA
173.14.xx Legacy drivers.
[ 42.445] (WW) NVIDIA(0): Please visit
[ 42.445] (WW) NVIDIA(0): more information. The 304.117 NVIDIA
driver will ignore
[ 42.445] (WW) NVIDIA(0): this GPU. Continuing probe...
[ 42.445] (EE) No devices detected.
It's no surprise that X won't load, given that you're trying to use
the nvidia 304.xx driver series with hardware that doesn't support it.
> For a usable system with X there should be always a running fallback like in
> It should be nouveau for NVidia.
> I don't know exactly what Knoppix is doing, but here you get a running X in
> nearly all cases!?
> Why this is not possible in Debian?
nouveau should work, yes; if it doesn't, please file a bug against the
kernel. Have you tried fetching a kernel from wheezy-backports and
seeing if you can run nouveau using a newer kernel?
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