nvidia-settings made me broke my xorg

asked 2015-01-23 11:23:30 -0600

barondem gravatar image

updated 2015-01-23 20:21:34 -0600

mether gravatar image

Hi! I'd like to signal you a weird situation I experienced today; while maybe it's not properly a bug, I think an alert about it could be nice somewhere in the wiki or in the installation guide. After installing Fedora 21, I struggled to install nvidia drivers and bumblebee and to make work without having to disable secure boot or enforcing selinux and I almost won the war; some day ago, though, I tried to open nvidia settings application; it showed me a dialog telling me You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just runnvidia-xconfigas root), and restart the X server. I executed that command and after some time, I shut down my system. Today, I had a bitter surprise: that command had messed up my xorg configuration by renaming the original, empty, /etc/X11/xorg.conf and by substituting it with a longer one created by nvidia-xconfig; because of this, my xorg couldn't start and my system wasn't able to run because it hanged at the end of the boot process, unless I did some trick like opening a tty window with ctrl-alt-f<n> before the hanging; the hanging happened even in recovery mode and with every kernel; after two hours of headache, I remembered of that change made by nvidia-xconfig and I solved by just restoring the original blank xorg.conf. I don't know if this can be considered a bug, but if someone one day opens nvidia-settings and run the common proposed by that dialog, he will probably have my same issue.</n>

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