[ubuntu] Nvidia Driver Random Freeze

13 02 2011

After my recent update (7th Feb 2011), I have been facing issues with Ubuntu Lucid (10.04), where it randomly does one (or all) of the below:

  • display goes ‘fuzzy’ or ‘freezes’,
  • the mouse can still move for a while at least.
  • mouse freeze
  • keyboard does not respond

If i am patient enough, I can wait and everything should be fine in 30 seconds. Sometimes if i am lucky, i get to use my system for 5 minutes before the whole thing repeats itself. Irritating, isn’t it?

Well…. i do have low tolerance for this kind of issues, it is unacceptable in so many levels, right? Thus, i went around surfing the net for a solution, and i have tried the below but it does not help:

  • update / upgrade everything that is possible
  • reinstall the Nvidia drivers
  • install the latest Nvidia driver
  • change Nvidia driver & preferences
  • upgrade to Ubuntu Maverick (10.10)
  • modify codes related to the my USB keyboard and mouse
  • disable display effects: smooth fonts, visual effects… etc

After many re-installations of Ubuntu Maverick and trying out settings above, I am finally convince that the whole shebang is due to the Nvidia drivers and Xorg incompatibility. In the end i just did the simplest thing possible: DISABLE THE NVIDIA DRIVER

  • System > Administration > Additional Drivers (Restricted Drivers)
  • Click on the activated Nvidia driver
  • Click on the ‘remove’ button towards the right bottom

Yes, it will disable all the fancy visual effects, but i get a stable system that does not randomly hang for the last 24 hours. And it is  better for me this way, at least. That’s my take.


[android] Motorola Droid Getting Android 2.2 (Froyo) Next Week

1 08 2010

Verizon has dropped a note to Engadget with news that the Droid will be getting the Froyo (Android 2.2) treatment next week (as in 2nd August 2010). That is good news indeed!

If Motorola keeps to the schedule for Android 2.1, which Droid got their update 2 weeks earlier that Milestone, Motorola Milestone user like myself should see the Froyo update soon. If Motorola is committed to Android, and would like to keep their users happy and loyal, they better make sure there is a Froyo update for Milestone users. That’s my take.

[ Engadget ]

[ubuntu] 10.04 update

7 05 2010

There is an update today for Lucid Lynx, 10.04, and it solves most of the slow internet problem for me.

Firefox runs better, the slow wireless problem is fix by default…. and wireless connection doesn’t drop so easily. So, for those of you who hasn’t updated it yet… go ahead. It’s highly recommended.

Now I will have to go try out some of the other essential programs like Skype 😛