Apologies for the desperation in the title. I’ve been trying to sort this all day.
Problem workthough thusfar here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2095897
In brief: an update seems to have misaligned the kernel module version (310.14) with the driver component version (304.43) of my GeForce 8800 GT card. Subsequently I can’t boot. The system freezes when attempting to boot to safe mode so I can’t sort out the drivers there either. I’ve been trying to update the drivers and sort out xconf but nvidia-xconfig didn’t help (after hours getting it to work).
Fallback driver doesn’t help, and nvidia-xconfig, now working, overwrites the old backup of xorg.conf with the previous (failing) xorg.conf, so the backup won’t work either.
I’m dimly under the impression that manually editing xorg.conf might work, but no promises.
Please please please help.
of interest: i dual boot to windows XP. i don’t know how helpful that is, but you never know.
logfile: all it says it the core of what i’ve said above: using either /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d or /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
NVIDIA: API mismatch: the nvidia kernel module has version 310.14, but this nvidia driver component has version 304.43. Please make sure that the kernel module and all nvidia driver components have the same version.
Fatal server error:
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