NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420 under Ubuntu Dapper Drake

My GeForce4 MX 420 didn’t work properly with OpenGL under a fresh install of Dapper Drake. Fixing it, however, proved to be really easy:

1) Install the nvidia package:

$ apt-get install nvidia

2) Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and replace the ‘driver’ where it says ‘nv’ with “nvidia”:

Section “Device”
Identifier “NVIDIA Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 MX 420]”
#Driver “nv”
Driver “nvidia”
BusID “PCI:1:0:0”

3) Kill X with control-alt-backspace

4) Login again and test if it works by running glxgears and glxinfo on the console