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I installed the 2.6.36 kernel from because it's the first version to supports my soundcard (this works) but now I can't get my Geforce 310M to work. I used the 256.53 Version which works with 2.6.35 but that won't install because of mismatching gcc versions with the kernel (yes i selected ignore but it won't install). the newer 260 Version installs but i only get a black screen.

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This looks like a bug with how the Ubuntu Kernel Team is building the mainline kernels. They appear to be building on a Hardy (8.04) system (with gcc 4.2.3-2ubuntu7). In the meantime, you could try building the Nvidia drivers within a Hardy chroot. Tthough somewhat overkill for this case, you could set up the chroot and build it there.

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You can't use the mainline builds with the nvidia driver (due to gcc versions, as you note).

Compile it yourself. It's not nearly as hard as it sounds. I download the latest source from and build it "the old fashioned way". Takes 20 minutes once you know what you're doing and is compatible with the ubuntu-given nvidia driver (and manually installed, if you're that way too).

It's suprisingly good (albeit geeky) fun too.

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This seems logic but unfortunatly it didn't work the kernel now is compiled with the correct gcc version but still the NVIDIA installation fails (unable to build ...) – K. Hendrik Nov 5 '10 at 1:41
You built the headers package and installed it too? – Oli Nov 5 '10 at 9:43
Yes i installed them too, the kernel is running but nvidia still won't build – K. Hendrik Nov 14 '10 at 19:30

Liquorix ZEN-based kernel works on my Maverick desktop with NVidia 8600 and latest nvidia-current.

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