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The restricted drivers manager has made things a mess for a lot of people with newer and older nVidia cards.The restricted modules are getting load priority over the nvidia-installed module.If you want to fix this follow this proceduresudo apt-get install build-essentialsudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-devsudo vi /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules*Change the DISABLED_MODULES=”" to DISABLED_MODULES=”nv”Save the file and exit.Now you need to reboot your machine.After reboot, download the proper driver package from the nVidia website and save it somewhere where you can easily access it.Now you need to press Ctrl-Alt-F2 to open up a console and loginUse the following command to shutdown Xorgsudo /etc/init.d/gdm stopNow run the following command from the location where you saved the nV file.sudo sh NV*Run through the installer and tell it to update your xorg.conf for you.Reboot once again (just type reboot at the console) and you should have full nVidia acceleration.
#Avo says:February 23, 2009 at 4:38 pmHi,I followed the instructions from the beginning of this thread. Unfortunately I didn’t get expected result. After rebooting I got error message: Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module! Now I cannot use NVIDIA driver. I’m using Ubuntu 8.10 on AMD64.Can somebody help, what goes wrong and how to fix it?#Avo says:February 24, 2009 at 8:14 amThanks to NVIDIA support I resolved previous problem: Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module!I removed 2 packages: linux-restricted-modules and linux-restricted-modules-common. After that error disappears and system booted up normally.