[mythtv-users] System upgrade - 150 ( 200 ) to spend

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at ntlworld.com
Mon Jun 9 19:47:39 UTC 2008

What exactly is the issue with the Nvidia drivers? I'm running 8.04 on my box and the drivers *seem* to be working... but you've got me concerned now.


On Monday 09 June 2008 09:26:51 Damian wrote:
> Johnny Russ wrote:
> > 
> >     Reason for upgrade:
> >     Computer can't cope with the latest version of Ubuntu and I want to
> >     stick with Ubuntu/Mythbuntu to provide me with an easy(ish) path to
> >     keeping up to date with MythTV.
> > 
> >  If you are only doing SD then your current setup is much more than 
> > capable of doing that. Also there is no particular reason why Ubuntu 
> > 8.04 shouldn't work with your setup. If you are upgrading because of 
> > problems with Ubuntu, but you don't want to do a clean install of the 
> > OS, then upgrading your hardware is more likely to cause problems than 
> > to fix them. It would probably by most helpful to explain what you mean 
> > by "can't cope". Then people could help you get up an running again with 
> > your current setup. Mythbuntu is one of the most popular choices and 
> > between here or the Ubuntu forums you will almost always find the info 
> > you need to get Mythtbuntu going. If you just want to upgrade to new 
> > hardware for the heck of it then I am sure you can get help for that 
> > too, but it doesn't seem to be the answer to your problems as described.
> Hello,
> I didn't want to take the thread into that as I've spent lots of time in 
> that subject and given up on it.
> A quick summery is that LOTS of people have been having major headaches 
> getting the Nvidia drivers in Ubuntu 8.04 to behave (when they worked 
> perfectly in 7.10). There are lots of threads about this, but most 
> people seem to get things sorted by installing the latest driver, 173.x.
> However, when I do that I'm told that the latest drivers only work with 
> CPU's which have SSE (which I have since found out that my processor 
> does not).
> This leaves me in my current situation. The old drivers don't work and 
> the new ones don't like my CPU. The system has been out of action (apart 
> from as a backend) since the upgrade to 8.04 and I've already spent much 
> more time that I really have available these days trying to fix it. I'm 
> left with the choice of downgrading to Ubuntu 7.10 or upgrading the CPU 
> (which would also mean upgrading the motherboard and memory). I'd like 
> to keep up to date with Myhth, so after much thought I've gone for the 
> hardware upgrade option.
> Damian
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