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Suddenly, right after "turning on" my ubuntu 12.04 from hibernation, there was an error

Could not write bytes:broken pipes

which led to a black screen so I had to reboot. After rebooting, I got the same error message but my screen was working fine. I hibernated again my laptop, just to check and there wasn't any error at that time, but I am experiencing something weird.

I type my password, only to see a black screen with a mouse pointer, which obbeys every movement I do. I also increased/decreased the volume and I was able to hear the sound effect.

What I did was the trying to "reinstall" nvidia drivers(my graphics card is nvidia 8600m gs) using

  1. CTRL-ALT-F1 (to get a CLI)
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get purge
  4. nvidia-* sudo apt-get install invida-current-updates

but when I reach step 4, I get sth about dependencies on nvidia 304 or something similar.

Any idea on why this is happening only after hibernation and how to fix it?

EDIT I also run sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade and the output is

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Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com precise/main i386 Packages                       
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Get:7 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/universe i386 Packages [252 kB]
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Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/main TranslationIndex            
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Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/multiverse Translation-en      
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/restricted Translation-en      
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/universe Translation-en        
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/main Translation-en             
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EDIT 2

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Note, selecting 'nvidia-173-updates' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-current' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-libvdpau-ia32' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-cuda-debugger' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-libvdpau1' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-glx-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-173' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-304' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-96-updates-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-319' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-331' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-settings-updates' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-settings-304-updates' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-libopencl1-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-settings' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-libopencl1' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-vdpau-driver' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-96-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-opencl-profiler' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-cg-toolkit' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-96' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-libvdpau1-ia32' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-173-updates-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-331-updates' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-96-updates' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-331-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-experimental-304' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-experimental-310' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'libkwinactivenvidiahack4' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-prime' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-180-modaliases' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-cuda-profiler' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-current-updates' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-opencl-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-current-updates-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'libkwinnvidiahack4' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-opencl-icd' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-libvdpau' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-304-updates-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-319-updates' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'boinc-nvidia-cuda' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-current-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-compute-profiler' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-331-uvm' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-331-updates-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-experimental-304-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-settings-304' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-settings-319' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-va-driver' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-current-modaliases' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-173-modaliases' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-185-modaliases' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-319-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-texture-tools' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-304-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-common' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-tegra' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-settings-319-updates' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-331-updates-uvm' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-cuda-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-cuda-doc' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-cuda-gdb' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-304-updates' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-experimental-310-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-cuda-toolkit' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-libvdpau-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'libgl1-nvidia-alternatives' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-96-modaliases' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-glx' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-settings-experimental-304' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-settings-experimental-310' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-173-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'nvidia-319-updates-dev' for regex 'nvidia*'
Note, selecting 'libnvtt-bin' instead of 'nvidia-texture-tools'
Note, selecting 'vdpau-va-driver' instead of 'nvidia-va-driver'
Package nvidia-96-updates is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-96-updates-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-cg-toolkit is not installed, so not removed
Package libkwinactivenvidiahack4 is not installed, so not removed
Package libkwinnvidiahack4 is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-common is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-prime is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-settings is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-settings-304 is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-settings-304-updates is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-settings-319 is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-settings-319-updates is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-settings-experimental-304 is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-settings-experimental-310 is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-173 is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-173-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-173-updates is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-173-updates-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-304 is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-304-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-304-updates is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-304-updates-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-319 is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-319-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-319-updates is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-319-updates-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-331 is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-331-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-331-updates is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-331-updates-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-331-updates-uvm is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-331-uvm is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-96 is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-96-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-current is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-current-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-current-updates is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-current-updates-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-experimental-304 is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-experimental-304-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-experimental-310 is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-experimental-310-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-settings-updates is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-compute-profiler is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-cuda-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-cuda-doc is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-cuda-gdb is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-cuda-toolkit is not installed, so not removed
Package nvidia-opencl-dev is not installed, so not removed
Package boinc-nvidia-cuda is not installed, so not removed
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sudo apt-get install nvidia-current


Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 nvidia-current : Depends: nvidia-304 but it is not going to be installed
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

sudo apt-get install nvidia-304


Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 nvidia-304 : Depends: xorg-video-abi-11 or
                       xorg-video-abi-12 but it is not installable or
                       xorg-video-abi-13 or
                       xorg-video-abi-14
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

So I installed xorg-video-abi-11, later nvidia-304 and then nvidia-current

share|improve this question
    
Can you run sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade and post the output in to your question –  bain Aug 5 at 11:57
    
@bain : Thank you very much for your comment! I've just edited my question. –  Thanos Aug 5 at 12:17
    
Can you run sudo apt-get purge nvidia* && sudo apt-get install nvidia-current and post the output in to your question –  bain Aug 5 at 13:34
    
@bain : I just did! Thank's for your time! –  Thanos Aug 5 at 23:55
    

1 Answer 1

up vote 1 down vote accepted

This is bug #1345217 - "nvidia-304-update (video driver) got uninstalled and is uninstallable after update to HWE-Stack5 (from Ubuntu LTS 12.04.4 to 12.04.5)" and can be fixed by following the instructions in this answer.

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Thank you very much for your help! –  Thanos Aug 6 at 9:30

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