I went ahead and decided to upgrade my kernel, and to go to the latest NVIDIA driver (180.51). I downloaded the kernel and the nvidia driver file, built the kernel, and removed the nvidia restricted driver. This is on a 64-bit build of Kubuntu 9.04.
However, I was not done.
When I tried to install the kernel image file, I kept getting dkms errors relating to nvidia-common. I eventually removed the nvidia packages using “
apt-get remove --purge nvidia*” (as root), but this still would not allow me to install the kernel. Also my xorg.conf file was empty.
I fixed xorg by typing “
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg” and adding in the line “
Driver "vesa" ” to the “Device” section, so I would have something when I rebooted.
Only when I removed dkms (“
apt-get remove dkms“), was I able to install kernel 126.96.36.199. I use lilo since I run RAID-10, but did not have to update the /etc/lilo.conf file. Upon reboot, I stopped X with “
I next installed the NVidia driver first (and chose to install the 32-bit compatibility files as well). After that, I ran “
nvidia-xconfig” and my xorg file was ready. When testing with the “X” command, it just pulled up a blank screen, but I took a chance and started KDM (“
Everything came up fine. Typing “
glxgears” in a terminal showed decent enough acceleration (about 3000 fps).
So far, no other ill effects. And no firmware issues.