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Old 09-28-2012, 11:37 AM   #1
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Linux Mint fails to load (No graphics drivers??) (Please help!)


Hi Guys,

Really hoping someone can help me here... running Linux Mint 13 KDE on a Sony Vaio Laptop (i7, 512GB SSD, 12gb RAM, NVIDIA GT640M)... decided to upgrade my grade my native linux graphics card drivers for the latest NVIDIA ones which I downloaded from their website. On rebooting after installation Mint booted into a REALLY low res desktop, so I uninstalled the new graphics card drivers and rebooted. However, it seems the uninstallation process has failed to reinstall the original native linux drivers (or has otherwise corrupted something) and I am now left with no graphics card drivers. The result is that the Mint login screen loads ok, but when I enter my password and click enter, it fails to load and kicks me back to the Login screen.

PLEASE HELP! I would REALLY appreciate any advice on how to resolve this!!!!

Many, many thanks in advance...


Adam
 
Old 09-28-2012, 01:02 PM   #2
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The login screen is likely supported by framebuffer graphics. After you log in to your user account, it switches to the regular Xorg setup... When you un-installed the drivers, did you re-install your old drivers?

If not, you'll have to log into a tty console (Alt-Ctrl-F1), kill the x-server (I saw something about a keyboard shortcut of Alt-Prntscrn-K in Mint 13), and sudo apt-get install XXXX (XXXX=whatever driver you intend to install) the proper drivers (maybe noveau drivers to just get back to a GUI, then reinstall the old nVidia drivers however you did it before), followed by doing a reconfigure of those drivers (sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg)... and then re-start the X server (or reboot).

Been a while, so I can't remember, but you might need to modprobe the new drivers when you install them...

Someone familiar with both nVidia and Mint can give you specifics for the commands. I had only one nVidia card until it died (literally just burned out). I stick with (lackluster) Intel for that reason.

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Old 09-28-2012, 02:05 PM   #3
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Wireless connection?

Great, thanks for the help... good to know it is potentially resolvable... tried what you are advising but the console returned a message saying it was unable to locate the package (xserver-xorg-video-noveau)... wondering if I have my wireless connection? If this is not connected by default in the tty console, how do I go about connecting?

Muchas gracias amigo..

Adam
 
Old 09-28-2012, 02:23 PM   #4
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Try;

ifup wlan0

or, if that doesn't work;

ifconfig wlan0 up

If you have problems with those,... it may be more involved...
 
  


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