Since I hadn’t tried Envy (an alternative installer for Ati and Nvidia video drivers) on Feisty yet its time to give it a go.
I have a cheap Nvidia Video Card (GeForce FX-5200) and have the driver installed the ‘official Ubuntu way’ as described here.
I decided not to remove the official Ubuntu package to see if Envy could resolve this.
I went to Alberto Milone’s download/howto/doc page and downloaded the stable Envy package with Firefox and let GDebi install it and resolve the dependencies.
GDebi installed Envy without issues, 7 dependencies were added.
Envy is seated in Applications > System Tools > Envy
Envy did its work, at the end it asked me to write a new Xorg.conf, I said ok, now its done and time to restart X Fingers crossed!
Hmm, that did not work.
I changed the driver in xorg.conf to nv and removed nvidia-glx (sudo apt-get remove nvidia-glx – -purge) to get back on X again
I am now running X on the nv driver and am going to install Envy again to see if it takes without nvidia-glx installed.
Again I run Envy, and Again I restart as Envy suggests at the end of the installation. Hopefully I will return with the driver installed and X working this time.
Success!! And the driver working!
So If you decide to use Envy and have nvidia-glx installed, make sure to remove it first. (sudo apt-get remove nvidia-glx – -purge)
Envy also works on Debian Etch.
To see if you have the driver working simply key in:
glxinfo | grep direct
The answer should be : direct rendering: Yes
Resources, information and screenshots.
Alberto Milone’s Blog.
Ubuntuforums.org and Envy.