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Old 08-25-2011, 10:49 AM
"Arthur Dent"
 
Default Nvidia driver update problem

Hello all,

On Tuesday night I allowed yum to update (amongst other things) the kernel
and the nvidia driver on my Fedora14 desktop.

Aug 23 20:02:14 Updated: nvidia-xconfig-1.0-9.fc14.i686
Aug 23 20:02:26 Updated: nvidia-settings-1.0-11.fc14.i686
Aug 23 20:02:34 Updated: 1:xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs-280.13-1.fc14.i686
Aug 23 20:02:35 Updated: 1:kmod-nvidia-280.13-2.fc14.i686
Aug 23 20:02:37 Updated: 1:xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-280.13-1.fc14.i686
Aug 23 20:02:40 Installed:
1:kmod-nvidia-2.6.35.14-95.fc14.i686-280.13-2.fc14.i686
Aug 23 20:02:42 Updated: 1:akmod-nvidia-280.13-2.fc14.i686
Aug 23 20:04:43 Erased: kmod-nvidia-2.6.35.13-91.fc14.i686
Aug 23 20:02:25 Installed: kernel-2.6.35.14-95.fc14.i686
Aug 23 20:02:57 Updated: kernel-headers-2.6.35.14-95.fc14.i686
Aug 23 20:04:05 Installed: kernel-devel-2.6.35.14-95.fc14.i686

Despite having done this countless times before, I had a funny feeling
that something was about to go wrong. Sure enough, after a reboot, I found
that I could not log in to my gnome desktop.

When I try, it starts to build the gnome desktop, gets as far as loading
the background, sometimes some of the icons, and then freezes. I have a
mouse pointer, but nothing to click on. There is no option but to
CTRL-ALT-F2 to a terminal, log in as root and reboot the machine.

I can however log in as a different user. This works absolutely fine.

The only difference between my account and the other user's account is
that I have desktop effects enabled on mine. (Just the "workspace on a
cube" option - the "wobbly windows" make me feel seasick).

Naturally I have root access (either from a terminal, or from an xterm in
another user's account).

My questions:

1) Is it possible to disable the wobbly windows desktop effect from the
command line? If so, how?

2) Does anybody else have this problem?

3) Is there a fix?

4) Should I report a bug? If so, against what, and to whom?

Please help me to get back into my desktop!

Thanks

Mark





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Old 08-25-2011, 12:53 PM
Richard Shaw
 
Default Nvidia driver update problem

On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 5:49 AM, Arthur Dent
<misc.lists@blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:

First, it would be more appropriate to send this to the RPM Fusion
mailing list[1] since it appears to be a problem with a package that
comes from there.

> The only difference between my account and the other user's account is
> that I have desktop effects enabled on mine. (Just the "workspace on a
> cube" option - the "wobbly windows" make me feel seasick).
>
> Naturally I have root access (either from a terminal, or from an xterm in
> another user's account).
>
> My questions:
>
> 1) Is it possible to disable the wobbly windows desktop effect from the
> command line? If so, how?

I found this:

http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/showpost.php?p=806134&postcount=6

but haven't tested it.


> 4) Should I report a bug? If so, against what, and to whom?

You could file a bug with RPM Fusion[2] since it provides the nvidia package.

Richard

[1] http://lists.rpmfusion.org/mailman/listinfo/rpmfusion-users
[2] https://bugzilla.rpmfusion.org/
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:10 PM
Arthur Dent
 
Default Nvidia driver update problem

On Thu, 2011-08-25 at 07:53 -0500, Richard Shaw wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 5:49 AM, Arthur Dent
> <misc.lists@blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:
>
> First, it would be more appropriate to send this to the RPM Fusion
> mailing list[1] since it appears to be a problem with a package that
> comes from there.

OK Thanks - I'll try that...

> > My questions:
> >
> > 1) Is it possible to disable the wobbly windows desktop effect from the
> > command line? If so, how?
>
> I found this:
>
> http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/showpost.php?p=806134&postcount=6
>
> but haven't tested it.

Well, later in that thread I found this command suggested (but for a
different reason to mine):

killall -9 compiz;killall -9 gtk-window-decorator;metacity --replace&

Running that from a CTRL-ALT-F2 terminal whils the desktop was frozen
allowed me to get back to the gnome desktop where I could then disable
desktop-effects. Now I can reboot and log in with no problems - I've
just lost my beloved desktop-on-a-cube that's all..


> > 4) Should I report a bug? If so, against what, and to whom?
>
> You could file a bug with RPM Fusion[2] since it provides the nvidia package.

Looking into that now...

> Richard
>
> [1] http://lists.rpmfusion.org/mailman/listinfo/rpmfusion-users
> [2] https://bugzilla.rpmfusion.org/

Thanks very much for your help. Much appreciated.

Mark

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Old 08-25-2011, 05:51 PM
linux guy
 
Default Nvidia driver update problem

How did you arrive at this kill list ?

killall -9 compiz;killall -9 gtk-window-decorator;metacity --replace&

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Old 08-25-2011, 05:52 PM
linux guy
 
Default Nvidia driver update problem

I don't have any desktop effects enabled that I know of.** It might not be so easy for KDE users to solve this problem.

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