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Old 07-22-2009, 09:09 PM   #1
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Unhappy how do I use NVIDIA X driver?

I'm running ubuntu 9.04 and have nvidia 7300 gt card, I also downloaded some drivers for it from the add/remove category, but i guess my card doesn't work properly because when i tried to set up screen saver most didn't work and when i go to system,preferences,display it says that "it appears my graphix driver doesn't support the necessary extensions to use this tool. Do you want to use your graphics driver vendor's rule instead? I click yes and then it says "You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just run `nvidia-xconfig` as root), and restart the X server." I can't do that because when I enter 'sudo nvidia-xconfig' nothing happens. What should I do?
Old 07-22-2009, 09:44 PM   #2
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how about 'sudo nautilus' -- does that start a nautilus session for you as root?

If it does, navigate to the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and edit the driver line to read

Driver "nvidia"

and then restart/kill/restart the X server.

Did this work?


PS - you could probably also do 'sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf" with the same end result.

PPS - Is it possible that nvidia-xconfig DID run, and the file has been edited? Have you tried to restart X and see if it works?
Old 07-22-2009, 10:14 PM   #3
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Thanks Sasha, gedit worked great
Old 07-27-2010, 05:32 AM   #4
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I am facing the same issue.
I am having Fedora 11 installed on my system.
Can you please tell me the command to restart the x serve in fedora 11.
Please help.

Thanks in advance.


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