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Cussing and Praising Kubuntu

Dec 29, 2008, 23:47 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"The upgrade failed on the video completely-- it installed a newer kernel and the correct binary Nvidia driver, but it did not install the kernel headers. So instead of falling back to some lower-quality 2D video, it barfed completely and booted to the console. No X at all. Which for a gnarly old Linux geek is no big deal-- it booted, I can enter commands and fix it. Still, how hard is it to make kernel headers a dependency of the driver, or to have some kind of graceful failure? Why am I still fighting this same old battle?

"I didn't feel like wasting a day messing with it, so I edited xorg.conf manually to use the 2D nv driver and booted to an older, known-good kernel. Did a fast Google and learned about Envy-ng. Installed it, ran it, and in mere minutes dumb old Nvidia was fixed. The Kubuntu restricted drivers manager was useless and helpless, so hurrah and thank you for Envy-ng."

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