$ echo "deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main non-free contrib" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wheezy-backports.list $ echo "deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main non-free contrib" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wheezy-backports.list $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get -t wheezy-backports install linux-image-amd64 $ sudo apt-get -t wheezy-backports install linux-headers-amd64 $ uname -a Linux butterfly 3.14-0.bpo.1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.14.7-1~bpo70+1 (2014-06-21) x86_64 GNU/Linux
Easy right? Straight forward right? Wait until you reboot your machine...
$ sudo reboot
X can't start due to incompatible Nvidia drivers with the Kernel. Virtualbox also won't load as well. Remove and update the Virtualbox's Dynamic Kernel Module Support (DKMS) since it's does not come together with the GNU/Linux source.
$ sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-dkms $ sudo apt-get -t wheezy-backports install virtualbox-dkms $ sudo reboot
Everything seems okay. No conflict and failure during booting.
Next, the Nvidia's DKMS.
$ sudo apt-get remove nvidia-kernel-dkms $ sudo apt-get -t wheezy-backports install nvidia-kernel-dkms $ sudo reboot
Still can't get X to show up. Check the kernel log.
$ dmesg | grep nvidia [ 65.677942] nvidia: Unknown symbol acpi_os_wait_events_complete (err 0) acpi_os_wait_events_complete (err 0)? It seems the Nvidia is/was ? A bit lacking behind following changes with the Kernel API with their driver. Patching it manually did not solve the issue.
Unfortunately have to purge all Nvidia driver and switch to
$ dpkg --get-selections | grep nvidia | xargs sudo aptitude purge --assume-yes $ sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf $ sudo rm /etc/X11/Xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf $ sudo apt-get install -t wheezy-backports xserver-xorg-video-nouveau $ sudo reboot
Update the xrandr to relect driver changes so that the dual-monitors will work again. Nouveau driver is noticeable dog slow, not a pleasant experience especially when watch YouTube as it can hang occasionally for some unknown reason.
Lesson learned. Upgrading backports kernel in Debian is not that straight forward. Should I switch to to AMD ATI card instead? Do not foresee myself getting any Nvidia hardware in coming years.