Well shit, it's been about 18 months since my last post. Here's one that'll bore you!
In Debian Wheezy, xorg is now version 7.6 and xserver-xorg-core is version 1.11. With this update comes an increment to the xorg input ABI and the xorg video ABI.
That's great unless you're using a binary driver that hasn't been updated to work with the ABI (NVidia legacy, I'm looking at you). In my case, I've got a Quadro FX 3000 in one of my boxes, and it still needs the 173.xx driver. What to do?
My solution is a hack, plain and simple: downgrade xserver-xorg-core to 1.10 without downgrading anything else. However, you have to be a little tricky about this because otherwise apt will complain that your X install is broken. Here's what you do:
- Grab xserver-xorg-core_1.10.4-1ubuntu5 from the Ubuntu pool (amd64, i386) (local copies: amd64, i386).
- Install the legacy driver of your choice.
Note that we've held the package at its present version. You will need to manually undo this (or just explicitly
apt-get install xserver-xorg-core) if you want to upgrade later.