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I've been running Linux as my desktop for a couple of years, until recently I got a new motherboard, the Asus M2N MX SE do I have problem running X. Both Ubuntu 8.04 live CD and Open SUSE 11 live CD boot up (with noapic option) fine into KDE/Gnome, their respective live CD desktop of choice, and both of them complete the harddisk install without problem. But when rebooted, both of them fail to load up X. On ubuntu, the GDM simply flickers non stop. And on Open SUSE, once logged in through KDM, KDEinit said it simply won't load. I also used to install the latest stable Debian, Gnome worked but when trying to install Nvidia driver following the official Debian wiki, reloading X causes only blank screen. Is there any Asus M2N MX SE PRO user out there who can install any flavor of Linux on this board? Is this some serious compatibility issue?
I don't know.. The OP never followed up or provided the requested information so we could troubleshoot his problem to a resolution. (I see now he edited his post with updated info after my last reply.. but that doesn't trigger an email notification so I missed the correction)
I've never had difficulties getting nVidia graphics controllers to work in Linux so I wouldn't think there should be an issue with thi s motherboard or it's built in Graphics controller. Did you try a google search for it with the term Linux ?
A quick search showed me a ot of people running into issues with this motherboard.. looks more like a case of it being rather new. I would suggest looking elsewhere at this time.
The problem occurs only when Linux is installed to harddisk. But when booted up through live USB or live CD system, all is fine! Infact, I am posing the video together with this reply through Linux Mint5 live USB system! I've just updated this motherboard with the latest BIOS from Asus. Currently my situation can be summed up as
Harddisk install of Linux = nonstop GDM flickers
Booted up through live-USB/live-CD = system appeared to work properly, my latest attemp with Linux Mint live-USB onboard sound even works!
Download and install the latest driver from nVidia. It will take care of the configuration for you automatically. You have to install the driver with X not running. You will need to stop your login manager,(did you say kdm?), because it will keep starting up X. If you need to use X to download the driver, change the driver in your xorg.conf to vesa, and kill X or reboot. You can always go into one of the virtual consoles by pressing Ctrl+Alt+[F1-F6] and Alt+F7 to go back to X. You can kill an X session by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Backspace, but keep in mind your login manager will start it back up if its running.
Generally in my experience the nVidia Linux drivers don't have whole lot of issues. I've had the following cards over the years: FX5700, 6600, 7900GT, 9600GT. 9600GT is the only card where older drivers lock up the system when they are probed, I have not encountered any other issues. Ever.
Let us know what result is produced with the latest drivers from nVidia.
Now Ubuntu Live installer just failed midway when some installation process keeps on crashing. I've tried googling and find another bloke who's gone greater length attempting to put linux on this board and yet failed. . I think getter a new board (or better yet a notebook computer) would simply take care of the problem. It is simply my fault not having done any research before buying the hardware, since all my previous boards has always gone smooth with Linux since 1997.
My wife's computer uses this motherboard and works flawlessly with Kubuntu 8.10, Debian, Slackware and Gentoo. Only modification for booting the live cd was to enable safe video mode and install, then I let Kubuntu install the Nvidia drivers with the restricted driver manager. Works like a champ.