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Old 04-15-2011, 11:32 PM   #16
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# nvidia-xconfig
http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers
 
Old 04-16-2011, 12:48 AM   #17
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Thanks MTK358.
You had it solved for a very short while. When I restarted. Nothing. On a forced restart I started on the recovery option. This worked until restart. Now I get the purple screen with Ubuntu 10.10 in the middle and nothing happens. Even a forced restart wont do it.

Thanks EDDY1
I will try that when I get it going enough to try.

Thanks
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Old 04-16-2011, 08:44 AM   #18
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Hey okaynz...

WOW, not a neat start for Linux, apologies for that. Hope it's not an off-put for you.

"fatal server error. no screens found"

means the xorg.conf is not up to scratch.

Let's restart.

move/backup whatever as xorg.conf you already have:

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mv /etc/X11/xorg.cong /etc/X11/xorg.back
let's see if X is clever enough to figure things out on its own, enter:

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startx
in the console. Success? Cool, if not, read on...if yes, skip to the spot marked (*)

become root user

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su -
and supply the root pasword, mind the hyphen, it's part of the line.

next, enter this:

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Xorg -configure
this will supply an xorg.conf.new in the current folder (/root normally)

test with this line

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Xorg -config xorg.conf.new
or, add "-retro" if needed (in case of a blank screen)

Now, on to the next step, if this is successfull

place the new xorg in its proper place:

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cp /root/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf
((*) - X seemed to work, this is next)
edit /etc/inittab, you may need to use vi:

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vi /etc/inittab
gloss over the text, see a line like this?

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#id:5:initdefault:
If so, remove the hash in front of it and place one in front of the other line, where id:3 should stand.

Save and reboot.

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reboot
in the console - you're still "root", so that's okay...

Succes!

Let us know where you ended up!

Thor

resources:
on Xorg
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO.../x-config.html
on vi
http://www.eng.hawaii.edu/Tutor/vi.html

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Old 04-16-2011, 09:17 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Thor_2.0 View Post
Hey okaynz...

WOW, not a neat start for Linux, apologies for that. Hope it's not an off-put for you.
+1.

Video/GPU problems are IMO the most annoying. Lose network, wireless, etc, at least you can still use the computer, lose sound, well, at least you can still surf the net, lose video, and everything is borked, and useless.

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Originally Posted by Thor_2.0 View Post
"fatal server error. no screens found"

means the xorg.conf is not up to scratch.
Well, thats one possible explaination, but not the only one.

Without knowing more about ubuntu I can only guess at possible reasons why this has happened, but a bad xorg.conf is just one of them.

To cut a long story short- I've seen this msg when I've updated my nvidia drivers, and when I've updated xserver-xorg. The solution (with aptosid/debian sid anyway) is to reinstall the nvidia drivers-

apt-get install --reinstall nvidia-glx

Since its ubuntu you might need to try "nvidia-current". So with *buntu it would be-

sudo apt-get install --reinstall nvidia-current

As to if it would work, *shruggs*. Worth a try though.
 
Old 04-16-2011, 09:46 AM   #20
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Try this:
1. get rid of xorg.conf file
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sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old
2. load a generic video driver.
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sudo modprobe vesafb
3. Cross you fingers.
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startx
if that works then you should be able to go and reinstall nvidia driver.

Last edited by colorpurple21859; 04-16-2011 at 09:49 AM.
 
Old 04-16-2011, 11:06 AM   #21
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@ colorpurple21859 - sweet-n-short, and could work...did'nt think of that one!

I worked with VESA for a long time, not the most optimal path, but...it works.
 
Old 04-17-2011, 12:05 AM   #22
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Thanks Guys for all your help so far.
On restart I get a nice purple screen and nothing else. I cannot enter anything. The terminal doesn't appear. I have decided to reinstall 10.10 and later in the month install 11.04. I have printed and kept all of your suggestions etc, and I also hope I wont need them. I haven't been put off Ubuntu yet. I just haven't learned enough.
So this thread is unsolved for the present.
Thanks again
Keith
 
Old 04-17-2011, 03:59 AM   #23
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I just haven't learned enough.
Are you kidding? Something somewhere is still "in there"

And...you found the way to this forum, the doors are always open!

After reinstall, enter the following in the console if possible:

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lshw
to know what hardware you have, clues for a next install...

Thor
 
Old 04-17-2011, 07:11 AM   #24
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Thanks Thor. I have listed that to do
 
  


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