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Author Topic: [solved] how can I remove proprietary nvidia driver?  (Read 2409 times)
MarkGrieveson
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« on: February 06, 2014, 08:03:19 am »

Hello.  I have an Nvidia Geforce video card (GeForce4 MX 4000) which is currently using the proprietary driver (NVIDIA-Linux-x86-96.43.23-pkg1.run).  I'd like to replace this with the open source nouveau driver, but I'm not sure how to remove the proprietary driver.  Anyone know how I can do this?
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MarkGrieveson
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014, 09:30:21 am »

Okay, I kind of solved this.  Rebooted, went to command line, ran the following command on the run file:
Code:
sh /home/mark/slackpacks/nvidia/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-96.43.23.pkg1.run --uninstall
I also could simply have run the command "nvidia-installer --uninstall"

I then installed the nouveau driver, but this did not work.  The xorg.conf file was still the same -- it still referred to the nvidia driver.  However, I saw that there was an xorg.conf-vesa file, so I changed the name of this to xorg.conf, rebooted, and it did work.  The desktop fonts and resolution are a bit different, but otherwise it seems fine.  Also 3d acceleration seems to work (according to glxinfo).  

ETA:  I went back to the proprietary driver, since it seems to work a little better.  I have plenty of issues with my old computer, so I was experimenting with changing this driver to see if it would make a slight improvement, but it didn't.  I think I just need a new computer.
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014, 05:08:29 am »

I was just playing with the nvidia driver aswell but reinstalled to get the nouveau driver back. so not much help. I found the nvidia driver solved some issues and caused others but the limitations of the default driver are better in the end.

Thanks, for posting your solution
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2014, 05:37:52 am »

So you're using the nouveau driver?  My last attempt resulted in me using the vesa driver default, but I would still like to try the nouveau driver.  Could you you post your xorg.conf file for me to see?
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2014, 06:52:03 am »

Sorry, Perhaps I am NOT using the nouveau driver, I am using what ever the default is at install. I have both xorg.conf-vesa and xorg.conf-fbdev in /etc/x11 but no xorg.conf.
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2014, 11:43:36 am »

If you have no xorg.conf file, X will configure itself and use the driver it thinks is the best choice. For nVidia cards that is nouveau. That is assuming it is available. If you copy xorg.conf-vesa to xorg.conf, it will use the vesa driver.

When you install nvidia, it will disable nouveau. I have not tried to un-install nvidia, but I should think that the installer would re-enable nouveau on uninstall.
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