My system (Dell Inspiron 8100) uses Nvidia NV11 GeForce2 Go at 1600x1200. All is working, save I cannot get any hardware acceleration, making video playback and animation unbearably slow and jerky. In "Additional Drivers" I show TWO instances of NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU binary. Neither is "activated" and when I try to activate I get "SystemError: E:Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages"
I have no clue what package might have been "held" as as far as I know I never refused to allow any upgrades. I would like to simply remove BOTH instances of the binary, but nothing I have tried works.
Doing an lshw scan for nvidia hardware reports the driver=nouveau.
I tried to do the update to the nvidia-current, and remove nouveau, but that failed, leaving me running in 800x600 degraded mode. The Nvidia-Settings app reported no Nvidia driver installed after the update. I tried several attempts to force it, by editing xorg.confg and other hacks with no luck.
I think my problems stem from the broken binary drivers inhabiting the additional drivers app, and if I can get them out, the nvidia-current might install correctly. But despite many attempts, I am just stuck.
Help Please? I am unable to proceed at this point, having exhausted all my own expertise. The system works fairly well, save the lack of acceleration. I just need to get over that little bump and I would be one happy camper. Any clue would be most appreciated.