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Old 12-12-2008, 02:33 PM   #1
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Setting up Nvidia geforce -- why so *%#@!'n hard(y)?


I have setup an ubuntu 8.04 server. All I wanted was a simple gnome desktop without the fluff, but no...

Gnome, without all the ubuntu-desktop gunk? No way. Had to install the whole #@%$ thing. Okay, fine--I'll just uninstall the gunky bits. Now I have a fat, bloated desktop that I can't get to use the Nvidia drivers.

I have tried everything:

Code:
#nvidia-settings
tells me the control display is unspecified. Super--what's that? Nothing in the manual and even less to be googled.

"Hardware Drivers" in the bloated System->Administration menu has nothing to check or uncheck, like oh so many threads point to.


Why should it be so difficult to do something so simple? Why should so many of my threads ask this question (when I've been in IT for nearly two decades)?

Will the year of the linux-desktop come before we run out of oil and coal and have to run my easy-to-comprehend OS on a guano-steam generator?

AARRRGGGH!
 
Old 12-12-2008, 02:48 PM   #2
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Does this look familiar?
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ERROR: The control display is undefined; please run `nvidia-settings
--help` for usage information.
I got this by trying to run nvidia-settings without X running.

Gnome and KDE both have lots of "gunk"--it's not a Ubuntu issue. If you want simple, why not try something like XFCE?



May I suggest less ranting and more content in your posts? You will get better help with simple, direct, questions.
 
Old 12-12-2008, 04:40 PM   #3
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Does this look familiar?
I got this by trying to run nvidia-settings without X running.
It does. Thank you. Would have been nice if the app had suggested that too. After hours (and I mean many) of wandering aimlessly through threads and howto's, I stumbled across "Envy" or "envyng" as it appears on the command-line. This got me where I needed to go, but I've learned next to nothing about how Linux handles video in an X session.

It's difficult not to rant when each and every last endeavor one takes in Linux is fraught with mystery, time-consuming as all get-out, and totally demoralizing by the time you've given up on it (or stumbled haplessly onto a solution). Very difficult.

But thanks again.
 
Old 12-12-2008, 05:59 PM   #4
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fraught with mystery, time-consuming as all get-out, and totally demoralizing by the time you've given up on it (or stumbled haplessly onto a solution). Very difficult.
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Sounds to me like trying to edit the registry in Windows.....

Linux in most ways is easier than Windows for one very basic reason---it's 99% open.

Another perspective: Linux is not difficult, it is different. If you did not know Windows, things might be a lot easier.
 
  


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