LinuxQuestions.org
View the Most Wanted LQ Wiki articles.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices



Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 10-27-2007, 04:47 PM   #1
00yahoo
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2006
Posts: 12

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I geek getting a black screen after installing Nvidia Drivers!


Ok, so I am relatively new to linux... I have been using it off and on for the past 2 years and I have never before had this kind of problem.

First off I'll give you my hardware specs

AMD dual core 5200 socket 939
BFG Geforce 7950GT OC
I think those are the only things that could be causing the problem, if not let me know and I'll post them

So in the past I've been able to install fedora, ubuntu and without a problem and get the nvidia drivers installed. They worked fine in Feisty version of ubuntu but I decided to wait until Gusty came out to make a real switch over to linux. I can boot and install gusty fine, but when I enable restricted drivers all I get is a black screen. I thought this might just be something wrong with gusty, so I tried Suse, same problem. and finally I got Mandriva 2008 and that wont even let me get to the login screen.

It sucks because right when Im ready to make a big switch over to linux I run into this problem. If anybody can tell me what they think I should do to fix it please let me know

I think it might have something to do with the new kernel and my card not liking it... if that is the problem how do I go back to an older kernel?
 
Old 10-28-2007, 06:37 AM   #2
mikemrh9
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Distribution: Arch
Posts: 136

Rep: Reputation: 21
If this happens immediately after you have installed your video drivers, it could just be that you are being offered an initial screen resolution that your monitor doesn't support. When you get your black screen, you can cycle through the available resolutions using <ctrl> <alt> <+>. Hopefully you will find a resolution that works for you.
 
Old 10-28-2007, 04:36 PM   #3
00yahoo
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2006
Posts: 12

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I just tried doing that and it didn't do anything.

When I get the black screen at the top left I see my monitor keeps searching for analog/digital signals, after a while of searching my monitor turns off. if I hit CTRL-ALT-F2 I can get to a text session and I can see everything on there.
 
Old 10-29-2007, 12:44 AM   #4
Wim Sturkenboom
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Roodepoort, South Africa
Distribution: Slackware 10.1/10.2/12, Ubuntu 12.04, Crunchbang Statler
Posts: 3,786

Rep: Reputation: 282Reputation: 282Reputation: 282
For Ubuntu, the following might help:
Code:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
And you can check /var/log/Xorg.0.log for errors.
 
Old 10-29-2007, 01:19 AM   #5
00yahoo
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2006
Posts: 12

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
ok before I go doing that, what kind of errors should I be looking for? is there a designated section for errors?
 
Old 10-29-2007, 07:26 AM   #6
Wim Sturkenboom
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Roodepoort, South Africa
Distribution: Slackware 10.1/10.2/12, Ubuntu 12.04, Crunchbang Statler
Posts: 3,786

Rep: Reputation: 282Reputation: 282Reputation: 282
Errors start with EE; possibly easiest is grep EE /var/log/Xorg.0.log
 
Old 10-29-2007, 07:52 AM   #7
jamesstanley
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2007
Location: Cheltenham
Distribution: Debian, plan to switch to compiling everything
Posts: 6

Rep: Reputation: 0
I had a lot of problems with NVidia drivers.
I find the best thing to do is go to the NVidia UNIX page (Google for nvidia linux drivers), download all of the drivers for your platform (making note of CPU and OS), try each of them. They are not an installable package like what your package manager supplies, but they tend to work better.
 
Old 11-23-2012, 03:23 PM   #8
Terminator3000
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2012
Distribution: Centos 6 & Fluxbox
Posts: 86

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Nvidia

If you follow this tutorial on installing the genuine Nvidia drivers you should be fine. Its for Centos 6 but should suit others with slight mods.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Etch - Black screen with nvidia drivers. chip&chop Debian 24 09-30-2008 11:08 AM
nvidia drivers 8178 cause black screen (10.0) duncky Suse/Novell 35 03-24-2006 07:18 AM
Black screen after installing nvidia 6106 drivers Doktor Prokt Fedora 7 08-10-2004 05:39 AM
Black bar on right side of screen after installing NVidia 5336 drivers CarletonKnight Linux - Laptop and Netbook 5 07-06-2004 09:06 PM
new nvidia drivers bring black screen brandonloserkid Slackware 4 01-20-2004 09:35 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:46 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration