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Old 01-24-2014, 01:20 AM   #1
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Can't get gui in archlinux


I successfully dual booted windows 7 and archlinux However I can't get the x server to start. I followed this guide https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners%27_Guide and tried using the vesa drivers but it just brought up a black screen with a bunch of random lines and colours. I uninstalled them and installed nvidia drivers via pacman -S nvidia and now when I do startx the nvidia splash screen flashes then goes back to the command line with some errors. here's a link to my Xorg log file. http://pastebin.com/pH5ghuSr

Also I have a 335m nvidia card.
The computer is an Alienware m11x
I also tried installing xfce to see if that would fix the problem.

Will post more details if I need to.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 02:16 AM   #2
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i encountered same issue using Ubuntu, and here's what I did hope it helps you as well.

here's the thread link: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...097/page2.html

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for the reference of others who might encounter same issue.

i manage to get my GUI back by typing: Xorg -configure

a new file was generated on this location /root/xorg.conf.new

I copied xorg.conf.new to /etc/X11/ and replace xorg.conf (note X in X11 is capital)

after replacing the xorg.conf my GUI was okay.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 02:58 AM   #3
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Didn't work. Seems like I'm getting the same errors.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 03:02 AM   #4
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I wanted to post this in the archlinux forums but I didn't install in a virtual machine so when I try to register it makes you type in a long string of characters and post the results. I don't really want to write the entire string down and enter it in manually just so i can post on their forum.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 03:06 AM   #5
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have you check manufacturer's website of your video card for any drivers for Linux?
 
Old 01-24-2014, 03:28 AM   #6
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No all the other forums I read said not to use the installation program because it messes everything up. They said to just do the pacman -S nvidia command. I have similiar problems when using the vesa drivers so i figured it isn't the drivers but some other configuration. I'm a noob though so i have no idea. Maybe i'll try it.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 03:30 AM   #7
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I haven't tried the nouveau drivers but they always make my system crash in other distros so I don't know if I want to use them.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 03:47 AM   #8
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don't just install any drivers..make sure the driver is compatible to your graphic hardware and to your Linux Distro

Manufacturer's graphic card driver should be easy to install, it should be in rpm format..or other format which are easy to use and install..
 
Old 01-24-2014, 03:51 AM   #9
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have you came across with these links:

Guide on how to install for Suse Linux (should give you an idea for your distro)
http://users.suse.com/~sndirsch/nvid...ler-HOWTO.html

Nvidia Driver for Linux:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-d...ia32-195.36.24
 
Old 01-24-2014, 03:52 AM   #10
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I'm used to the gui so I'm not really sure how to go about downloading the proper driver using the lui. I need to do a bit more research but when i had fedora I used this guide http://www.if-not-true-then-false.co...-nvidia-guide/ and it worked flawlessly. I guess I just expected it to be the same somewhat.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 03:55 AM   #11
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Just thought of something. I'm a little slow. I'll download the driver and put it on usb and install from there. I'll post back if it doesn't work.

nvm that's the .run file. On the m11x archlinux wiki it just tells you to install bumblebee but I don't want it to be switchable. I just want to run the discrete nvidia card.

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Old 01-24-2014, 04:31 AM   #12
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if the driver is in rpm format, go to Terminal and type command below..

please try:

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rpm -i {package_name}
watch out for case-sensitivity file name
 
Old 01-24-2014, 04:34 AM   #13
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It's .run. I tried installing it but it says I need the kernel headers and what not. I'm trying to figure out how to install the kernel-source and kernel-devel or find out if I just need to make a symbolic link.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 04:39 AM   #14
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wooh... why need kernel headers? if its only a graphic card driver...

are you developing something for the kernel?
 
Old 01-24-2014, 04:42 AM   #15
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No I've always had to do that in previous distros to get the driver running. After installing the headers it works. Without this procedure the .run won't install.

I might just need to make a symbolic link but I need to figure out how to do so.

In other forums they say using the .run messes up gl support.

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