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Offline musca

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Hello dear Nvidia users,

Geforce 6xxx and 7xxx are now legacy and their users find themselves thrown onto a commandline when upgrading their drivers to latest releases. Here is the clean downgrade procedure. We don't touch the device section for the driver "nvidia" in your xorg.conf.d/.
 
List your installed nvidia*-packages with this command:
# dpkg -l | awk '/^ii.*nvidia/ {print $2}'
glx-alternative-nvidia
libgl1-nvidia-glx:amd64
nvidia-alternative
nvidia-driver
nvidia-installer-cleanup
nvidia-kernel-common
nvidia-kernel-dkms
nvidia-support
nvidia-vdpau-driver:amd64
xserver-xorg-video-nvidia


You can now purge them with this command. But beware: don't purge your gnome desktop! Read the output before you continue!
You will see a warning dialog about removal of an active glx-driver. This is fine as we dont reboot in this state.
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apt-get purge $(dpkg -l | awk '/^ii.*nvidia/ {print $2}') Now install your desired driver e.g. nvidia-legacy-304xx-driver:
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apt-get install nvidia-legacy-304xx-driver
Attention please!
Switching between current and legacy driver release seems to sometimes break the alternatives link group. Your xserver still cannot start in this state. Check the link with
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ls -l /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.soIf the link is missing, repeat the procedure from above to fix this or create the link manually.

I want to provide examples for reference here, just in case someone needs to manually set a link.

This is a link group for the package "nvidia-driver"  (here version 319.60-2)
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/usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so
  -> /etc/alternatives/glx--nvidia_drv.so
   -> /usr/lib/nvidia/current/nvidia_drv.so

This is a link group for the package "nvidia-legacy-304xx-driver"
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/usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so
 -> /etc/alternatives/glx--nvidia_drv.so
  -> /usr/lib/nvidia/nvidia_drv.so
   -> /etc/alternatives/nvidia--nvidia_drv.so
    -> /usr/lib/nvidia/legacy-304xx/nvidia_drv.so


Have 3D fun with Nvidia!

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musca
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Thanks musca, one of my machines has a nvidia 7900 in it and I haven't done a du in 3-4 days on that one yet, this will come in handy within the next hour :)
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I still have one system with a 7900 in it as well and this tip will certainly come in handy

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My old Apple MacMini has a nvidia card capable of new proprietary Nvidia-331. These brand new Debian experimental packages work very well for me, no issues building with linux-3.11.6:
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# aptitude search '~V331'|grep -e'^i'|sed -e's/^....//' -e's/ .*$//'
libgl1-nvidia-glx
libnvidia-ml1
libxnvctrl0
nvidia-alternative
nvidia-detect
nvidia-driver
nvidia-glx
nvidia-kernel-dkms
nvidia-settings
nvidia-vdpau-driver
xserver-xorg-video-nvidia
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remark on 'aptitude search'
« Reply #4 on: 2013/11/05, 14:41:50 »
Hey ralul,

thanks for your feedback, good to know nvidia-driver version 331 (beta) is in good shape.

A little remark to aptitude search '~V331' :  Your query doesn't simply list packages of version 331, but it lists packages of any version which also have a version of 331 in any of your repos. In other words: The packages on the list exist in version 331, but they don't need to be installed in that version.  On my system i didn't install nvidia 331 but 319.60 and your command still lists the packages:
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$ aptitude search '~V331'|grep -e'^i'|sed -e's/^....//' -e's/ .*$//'
libgl1-nvidia-glx
libxnvctrl0
nvidia-alternative
nvidia-driver
nvidia-kernel-dkms
nvidia-vdpau-driver
xserver-xorg-video-nvidia

Luckily aptitude can "Narrow"  (~S)  with a filter (~i) the results of a search pattern (~V319) to installed packages  like this. I also reduced its output to just packagename with a formatstring so no grep and sed is needed:
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$ aptitude search '~S~i~V319' -F '%p'
libgl1-nvidia-glx
libxnvctrl0
nvidia-alternative
nvidia-driver
nvidia-kernel-dkms
nvidia-vdpau-driver
xserver-xorg-video-nvidia

Selecting the packages only by versionnumbers does not allways give the desired result. Here i filtered by description, suppressed the Nouveau-driver by its versionnumber and sort in order of ascending version.
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$ aptitude search '~dnvidia~S~i!~V1.0.9' -F '%v%p' | sort -V How will the result look like? Hmm, try it by yourself!

Have fun with aptitude!
greetings
musca

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