NVIDIA drivers in Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

I upgraded from Kubuntu 7.10 to Ubuntu 8.10 this morning.

This was via a fresh installation into a new partition.

Getting it running went fairly smoothly but trying to get the NVIDIA drivers working was a world of pain.

It seemed that no matter what I tried I always got the following error:

Failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module

Every tip and bit of advice I found online didn’t work.

It turns out that the linux kernel headers aren’t installed by default but are required by the nvidia drivers (I only wasted two hours finding this out!).

It’ll never work unless you install the linux headers first.

These commands fixed it for me (exact version numbers may vary according to current Linux kernel version and your particular video card).

apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.27-7-generic

apt-get install nvidia-glx-177

Hope this helps someone.

5 thoughts on “NVIDIA drivers in Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)”

  1. Hey, this helped me a TON. Thanks so much. I upgraded from Ubuntu 8.04 to 8.10 on my Dell Latitude E6400 with an Nvidia Quadro 160M graphics card. It had worked just fine in 8.04. Under 8.10, it would not work properly, but the wireless was working much better. Anyways, I removed ALL Nvidia modules/devices, and reinstalled in the order that you described. I just had to reboot Xorg (ctrl-alt-backspace) and everything has been working. The weird thing is under System->Administration->Hardware Drivers, there is nothing listed…but it works, so who cares. Thanks again.


  2. Thanks, the linux headers line saved me. I was going crazy trying to make nvidia drivers work on Ubuntu 8.10. While many other forums could not provide an effective solution, your suggestion was right on. Kudos.


  3. Kazem –

    I had the same issue with the System->Administration->Hardware Drivers applet missing. If you’re interested in fixing this open System->Synaptic Package Manger and search for jockey-glx

  4. YOU ARE THE FREAKING MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You just save the day!

    UBUNTU PEOPLE, please write this somewhere! No other guide was usefull, nobody seem to point out that the linux headers were needed.

    To find your kernel version:
    uname -a

    apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.27-7-generic
    apt-get install nvidia-glx-177

    Thank you so much for the advice.

  5. while i am installing Nvidia drivers through terminal it is showing like ” Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?”
    what to do????????????????????????????????? please help me

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