[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.


[movie] Iron Man 2 – meets expectation

1 05 2010

First thing first, stay will after the credits (as all other Marvel Comic based movies).

Now more to the movie… I believe this is the most anticipated movie for this summer, and Robert Downey Jr played his part perfectly. Basically the plot is the simple: man wants revenge, cooperate greed drone help man get revenge & have a piece of technology at the same time, hero come to self realization and hero save the day with A LOT OF ACTION in between. The character development for Whip Lash could have been better, but the movie is already 2 hours long, so I guess the director have to balance everything. Most likely the DVD release will fill in more gaps.

I notice in the credits that Stan Lee, the ‘father’ of Marvel Comics, makes a cameo appearance, but I must have missed him during the movie. And another thing to point out is that I think the Visual Effect Designer list is longer that the rest of the names in the credit put together.

I give this movie a must see, and with the crowd I saw at the cinema today, I believe all the tickets for this weekend have been sold out. My wife thinks that Iron Man 2 is slightly below expectation, but I really enjoyed the movie and would say it is on par with the 1st. For those who will say it’s not as nice… I will say it’s just that you have set the expectation a little too high, that’s my take.