Ubuntu 10.04 beta 2, NVIDIA, x86_64

Are you testing Ubuntu’s latest beta on a 64-bit machine with an NVIDIA video card? Chances are you’ve hit the bug where the proprietary drivers won’t install correctly. It turns out that the nouveau kernel module steals the nvidia device, which in turns prevents nvidia.so from loading successfully, which makes the installer think the whole process failed (even though it didn’t, aside from actually loading the module). So you need to add nouveau and vga16fb to your kernel module blacklist configuration file, as described here.

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