Problem with nvidia-driver and "X" after upgrade

Carmel carmel_ny at
Fri Aug 26 22:51:50 UTC 2011

On Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:23:28 -0500
Conrad J. Sabatier articulated:

> On Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:30:47 -0400
> Carmel <carmel_ny at> wrote:
> > After updating my system as per the UPDATING file, I now find that
> > the Nvidia driver no longer works with Xorg.
> [snip]
> Hmm, very strange.  I've been updating ports left and right the last
> couple of days (including both libproxy and libnotify), with no
> unpleasant results re: nvidia-driver.
> Could there be anything else in your Xorg.0.log that might help to
> pinpoint the problem?

I found the problem. I had downloaded the source files for BSD a few
days ago; however, I never rebuild the kernel or world. When the nvidia
driver got rebuild it was evidently using those new files. I got the
answer while Googling. When trying to manually load the driver, I
received this error message:

kldload: can't load nvidia: Exec format error

Evidently, this is a known phenomena with the nvidia-driver.

So, after rebuild World/Kernel and installing same and then rebuilding
the nvidia-driver, all is well again.

Now, in my not so humble opinion, there should be some sort of warning
in the driver dialog, or at least in the port description that warns of
this behavior. It could have save3d me several hours of needless
searching. Hours that I will never get back. :)

Carmel ✌
carmel_ny at

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