Saturday, April 6, 2013

Ubuntu 12.10 + nvidia

I updated my host OS a few months back after getting repeated notifications (yes, I know, I can shut them off) that 10.04 (I think) was moving out of support.

Since then, I've had an issue with my Nvidia drivers. Basically, I get video on a single monitor (dual set up) and that single monitor resolution is like 200 x 400 (no, it's not really that, but it is gigantic). Thank goodness for The Google Machine™. That originally led me here on StackOverflow. (Another reason to do things from the command line, you can remember things with   history | grep nvidia).

I'm on the 4th time of going through this exercise. Each time the kernel is updated, nvidia breaks. Fortunately for me, that guy on StackOverflow gave me all the information I needed. This time after reboot and the gigantic screen, I removed the nvidia drivers and then reinstalled them. No go. uname -r gave me the following: 3.5.0-26-generic and dpkg -l|grep headers showed an older version of the kernel headers. So I updated those, reinstalled nvidia-current and rebooted. Yay.

Many "small" issues like this recently have me pondering a move back to, gasp, Windows or perhaps even a Mac. The Mac ecosystem scares me because it is expensive...but it's difficult to square when so many of my friends (technical and otherwise) swear by Macs. Something for another day I guess...

5 comments:

Thomas Presslie said...

Been through similar pain. Tend to stick to LTS release and manage to avoid Nvidia issues. Not experienced any issues with 12.04.

chet justice said...

June 2, 2013 it happened again. Update didn't include headers for Kernel 3.5.0.32. @#%@#%

chet justice said...

July 26nd (missed one earlier this month).

chet justice said...

Ugh. Again.

chet justice said...

11/15