[SATLUG] Nvidia + Flash + Firefox + (K)Ubuntu = Freeze

Samuel Leon leon36 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 7 21:34:36 CST 2008

Kase Saylor wrote:
> I recently installed Kubuntu 7.10 on a machine at home and I've been 
> pretty happy with it. Everything seems to pretty much work "right out of 
> the box" and I can see why (K)Ubuntu is so popular. However, I'm having 
> a pretty major problem with Firefox and Flash. Whenever I try watching a 
> video on YouTube the whole computer locks up. I have to turn the 
> computer off physically. From some tests it seems to have something to 
> do with the non-free Nvidia driver and the non-free Flash plugin. If I 
> use the nv driver I don't have any lock ups. Has anyone else experienced 
> this? If so, has anyone found a solution (besides not using the non-free 
> Nvidia driver)?
> TIA,
> Kase
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For something to lock linux is pretty bad.  I would guess the nvidia 
driver that comes with gusty has a bug in it or something for your card. 
  What card do you have?  I would recommend removing the ubuntu one and 
installing the real one.

Remove the old stuff:

sudo aptitude remove nvidia-glx nvidia-glx-new nvidia-glx-legacy

Next install the kernel headers and compiler:

sudo aptitude install linux-headers-generic build-essential

Next download the official nvidia ones for your card to /home:


Log out of ubuntu and log into the console as root

Then stop gdm (or kdm for kubuntu):

/etc/init.d/gdm stop

Change directory to where you have downloaded the nvidia driver:

cd /home

Execute the driver install:

sh NVIDIA-Linux-xxxxxx.run

Follow the instructions (takes like 1 minute).  Once done and back at 
the console screen start back up gdm and log back in:

/etc/init.d/gdm start



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