news for users of GeForce 6 and 7 (6xxx/7xxx series) cards
We will shortly be moving the NVIDIA 310.19 (nvidia-current) drivers from Testing into the stable repo. For the majority of users this will just be a normal upgrade but NVIDIA has now dropped support for older (GeForce 6 & 7) cards from this driver and moved it to a new "legacy" 304 driver. There is a list of the cards affected by this here
To check exactly which card you have you can open a terminal and run:
lspcidrake -v | grep DISPLAY
and check the "device" field against the Device PCI ID field listed on that page. For example:
Card:NVIDIA GeForce 400 series and later: NVIDIA Corporation|NV43 [GeForce 6600] [DISPLAY_VGA] (vendor:10de device:00f2 subv:1043 subd:81b1) (rev: a2)
When the nvidia-current-310.19
update appears, users of these older cards who wish to continue using the proprietary driver will need to reconfigure their cards
to use the legacy driver (preferably before rebooting
). In order to do this open Synaptic and install:
Then go into PCC (Configure Your Computer->Hardware->Configure Video Card) and ensure "GeForce 6100 to GeForce 7950" is selected as the Card/X server.
As long as the nvidia304 packages mentioned above are installed there will be a message saying that proprietary drivers are available. Answer YES if you wish to use them (saying NO will configure the nouveau driver).
Failure to do this before rebooting will result in the system rebooting to a text console screen.
To recover from this, login as root
apt-get install dkms-nvidia304
This will install the legacy packages. Once the packages are installed run:
and configure the card as "GeForce 6100 to GeForce 7950"
(The text interface uses the arrow, TAB and return keys)
For information the following table shows how the PCC settings for Card/X server maps to driver used:
|PCC Entry||Free Driver||Proprietary Driver|
|GeForce 2 MX to GeForce 4||nouveau||nvidia96xx|
|GeForce FX series||nouveau||nvidia173|
|GeForce 6100 to GeForce 7950||nouveau||nvidia304 (304.64)|
|GeForce 8100 to GeForce 360||nouveau||nvidia-current (310.19)|
|GeForce 400 series and later||vesa||nvidia-current (310.19)|