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Re: random quirkyness

On Fri, Feb 09, 2007 at 11:14:55 -0600, Mike Myers wrote:
> I still can't seem to get this all worked out.  I've uninstalled any traces
> of the nvidia driver, like nvidia-kernel, nvidia-common, and nvidia-glx and
> then reinstalled all of them but I'm still having the same problem.  I'm
> still having issues with the wrong sound card being detected every time it
> boots up.
> My main question are these;
> Is there a way I can keep the nvidia driver installed so I don't have to
> reinstall it every reboot?

With the Debian packages there should be no need to reinstall the nvidia
driver on every boot. You probably have some configuration problem or
maybe you used the nvidia installer script earlier and did not remove
its traces completely. For a start, please post the output of the
following 6 commands:

  dpkg -l nvidia\* | grep ^ii

  find /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/ -type f -name nvidia\*

  find /etc/rc?.d/ -type l -name \*nvidia\*

  find /etc/init.d/ -type f -name \*nvidia\*

  find /usr/lib/xorg/ -name \*nvidia\*

  find /usr/X11R6/lib/ -name \*nvidia\*

If, on the other hand, you are now using the nvidia installer script,
then you have to purge (not just remove) all the Debian nvidia packages.
(If you only remove them then they will leave behind scripts in
/etc/init.d which mess with the glx module symlinks at every boot.)

> Is there a way I can disable hardware detection?  I'd rather just define
> what sound card I'm using and just use it, instead of having debian try to
> auto-detect two of them and guess which one I want to use.  If there is a
> bug somewhere in udev or whatever, please give me some info on
> troubleshooting that so I can help with it.  I'm not really familiar enough
> with udev to figure that out on my own.

You should be able to blacklist modules with a file in /etc/modprobe.d,
see the "blacklist" or "alsa-base-blacklist" in this directory for


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