Problem installilng new nvidia drivers

Thomas Milne tbrucemilne-TcoXwbchSccMMYnvST3LeUB+6BGkLq7r at
Mon Sep 28 23:42:09 UTC 2009

On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 5:34 PM, Giles Orr <gilesorr-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at> wrote:
> 2009/9/28 JoeHill <joehill-R6A+fiHC8nRWk0Htik3J/w at>:
>> Dave Germiquet wrote:
>>> On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 11:31 AM, JoeHill <joehill-R6A+fiHC8nRWk0Htik3J/w at> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > On my home desktop a kernel upgrade had me without corresponding nvidia
>>> > drivers, so with Lennart's suggestions I was able to build a new
>>> > nvidia-kernel and install the newer drivers like so:
>>> >
>>> > apt-get -t unstable install nvidia-kernel-source
>>> > m-a clean,a-i -t nvidia
>>> > apt-get install -t unstable nvidia-glx
>>> >
>>> > Worked great.
>>> >
>>> > Now on a laptop I'm working on, same situation ie. the kernel got upgraded
>>> > but not nvidia, so I followed the same steps, but instead of installing the
>>> > newer 185.x drivers, it still went and installed 173.x, which of course
>>> > causes an error when X attempts to start.
>>> >
>>> > What could be causing this difference?
>>> Are you sure that it didn't install? I've had issues where both kernel
>>> drivers were installed, and when X started to load it loaded the wrong
>>> version.
>>> Can you uninstall the nvidia drivers that were installed by the
>>> kernel? Thats what I did on my ubuntu install so it would not happen
>>> again.
>> On the last command, 'apt-get install -t unstable nvidia-glx', I saw it
>> installing the wrong version. Previous to that, I had removed them.
> I'm at work (and thus, sadly, at a Windows box) so I can't check the
> steps I went through for a similar upgrade at home ... but the first
> thing that comes to mind would be to check if the sources.list file
> has entries for "unstable".
Here are the relevant files:


eb testing main non-free contrib
deb-src testing main non-free contrib

deb testing/updates main
deb-src testing/updates main

deb testing/volatile main
deb-src testing/volatile main

deb testing main

deb-src testing main


deb unstable main non-free contrib
deb-src unstable main non-free contrib

and /etc/apt/preferences:

Package: *
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 900

Package: 9
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 800
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