[sclug] Nvidia drivers and Ubuntu

Neil Haughton n.a.haughton at bigfoot.com
Sun May 21 16:34:35 UTC 2006

> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Subject:
> Re: [sclug] Nvidia and Ubuntu.
> From:
> Tom Chance <tom at acrewoods.net>
> Date:
> Sun, 21 May 2006 11:07:00 +0100
> To:
> sclug at sclug.org.uk
> To:
> sclug at sclug.org.uk
> Ahoy,
> On Sunday 21 May 2006 10:41, Neil Haughton wrote:
>> Has anyone installed the 'proprietary' nvidia drivers in Ubuntu? I've
>> recently installed Ubuntu 5.1 on a box with a Geforce 4 card, and any 3D
>> graphics apps run like a dog. The drivers from apt-get have been
>> installed but aren't giving me 3D acceleration - I can't find anything
>> more to install in the 'multiverse' non-free repository, so I'm a but
>> stumped.
> Have you checked that you're using the proprietary drivers? I don't know if 
> apt-get modifies your xorg config file, so look in /etc/X11/xorg.conf for 
> the "Driver" line of the video device section, which should read "nvidia" but 
> may read "nv" (the Free driver).
> Also run 'glxinfo' and look out for indicators of problems:
> direct rendering  (should be Yes)
> OpenGL vendor string & OpenGL renderer string (should be for Nvidia)
> Regards,
> Tom

I got it sorted in the end by visiting the Ubuntu user forum pages, 
where I found the solution. You have to remove completely all the 
default nvidia drivers and stuff, then reinstall the correct nvidia-glx 
drivers and modules using apt-get, then edit the xorg.conf as you 
suggested. Works perfectly, but I'm blessed if I can fathom why this 
isn't done by default in the initial installation, given that the 
replacement drivers etc all came off the official Ubuntu 5.1 CD.

Thanks for your help.


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