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I've been trying to get this resolved for the last two days now; I've done a complete/clean reinstall of 11.10; I've tried reinstalling and uninstalling the nvidia drivers multiple ways (ie, using jockey, downloading from nvidia website, etc) but nothing has worked.

I get horrible performance from the 173 drivers (slow gnome-shell operation/animations, slow web browsing, file browsing, etc). When I "Activate" the nvidia-current drivers in jockey then reboot, I get great performance and everything runs smoothly, but the system goes into complete lockup after about a minute of use. everything on the display freezes/stops responding including the mouse and keyboard.

I have a bit of terminal knowledge, so feel free to throw some code, etc, at me or tell me to retrieve/post log file outputs....

My system is a Gateway P-6860FX with a 1.8GHz Dore2Duo, 4 gigs of DDR2 RAM and a nvidia 8800M GTS (512mb version). The problem has been present both times I installed 11.10 on this machine.

I have gotten 11.10 with gnome-shell running perfectly on my desktop which has a 3.3 GHz Core2Duo, 4 gigs of RAM, and a nvidia GTX 460.

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OUCH !!! What about the nouveau driver ? For the nvidia binary driver you may want to try the nvidia forums nvnews.net/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=14 If you want to try to debug it, you can look at this page wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Troubleshooting/Freeze –  bodhi.zazen Dec 10 '11 at 0:12
    
Yeah, OUCH is right! I've been a huge Ubuntu fan ever since 8.10 and I've never had anything like this happen before.... >.< I've come across that troubleshooting page before, but I'll have to take a more in-depth look at it, as well as that other link you posted -- thanks! –  perspectiv Dec 10 '11 at 0:15
    
If it is any consolation, it is probably more kernel related then "ubuntu" related, hard to know sometimes with a close binary. –  bodhi.zazen Dec 10 '11 at 0:19
    
And why are you even using 173? that's like a 3 year old driver... The new ones offer support for your card. –  Uri Herrera Dec 10 '11 at 3:33
    
@ Uri; I'm only using 173 because the others don't work. –  perspectiv Dec 10 '11 at 8:43

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I cannot comment, but this is just a comment:

I had similar problems with nVidia Corporation G98M [Quadro NVS 160M]: 100% CPU when logging in, etc

Everything was fine when I was using an upgraded 10.04 LTS. First I thought this was a problem due to upgrade but a fresh install did not help.

Now I worked around via blacklisting nouveau and intel_agp. Then stopping (light)gdm and installing nvidia drivers from the website directly (yes, I also installed normal gnome desktop).

Now its a bit ugly because I need to start ubuntu everytime via 'startx' from command line after stopping gdm again, but its not that bad as hibernate works :)

Not sure how I can make it working directly after logging in via gdm.

Update: This issue seems to be solved via

depmod -a && update-initramfs -u
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This issue seems to be fixed with the latest kernel updates. I reinstalled Ubuntu, then updated and rebooted and everything is working smoothly now.

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