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I just installed Ubuntu 11.10, i386 on my Dell Latitude E6500. The installation was fine, but then X11 didn't start.

/var/log/ says:

(EE) Failed to load module "nv" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to load NVIDIA kernel module!

I installed nvidia-current

apt-get install nvidia-current

but no luck.

Just in case: 10.10 works just fine.


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The "nv" driver was dropped from Ubuntu, in favor of the "nouveau" driver. Check if you have a /etc/X11/xorg.conf file; if you do, see if it lists driver "nv"; if it does, change that to "nouveau" (or "nvidia" if you still have nvidia-current installed)

Btw, you probably should install t he nvidia driver using jockey-text or jockey-gtk, since that will also do some sanity checking, ensure xorg.conf is set right, update the kernel, etc.

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I had the same problem.

sudo jockey-text -e xorg:nvidia_current

fixed it for me.

you can use jockey-text --list to obtain the driver list.

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