Bug#749264: No nvidia-driver working

Karsten Malcher debian at home.decotrain.de
Sun Sep 21 09:23:01 UTC 2014

Am 21.09.2014 11:08, schrieb Vincent Cheng:
> Hi Karsten,
> Fix your smtp server so that it stops timing out.

The DSL was burned after a lightning bolt abd the server not reachable.

>> 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
> http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html for
> [    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.

O.K. - but why the 304.117 driver is installed when i install dkms?
It would be better that there is a dependency that announces a conflict when i want to have a 173xx driver.

That's what i am meaning - it is really hard to keep an overview what you must install and what dependencies exist.

> 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? Regards, Vincent 

As i have written nouveau failed because it does not support this hardware.
But the nouveau driver from Knoppix is doing it.

Experiments with new kernels in an stable working environment is causing more problems than solving it.
Then you have X but you loose sound or some interface hardware ...

Best regards

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