xorg.conf , nvidia (dual-monitor) and Ubuntu 11.10
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xorg.conf , nvidia (dual-monitor) and Ubuntu 11.10
I just updated my version of Kubuntu to the 11.10 and i've got a big problem with my dual-screen settings.
After the upgrade (everything was right, no warnings or errors), i rebooted the machine and it didn't load graphical desktop/screen. I solved this problem easily, deleting the xorg.conf file.
So, i deleted completely nvidia drivers, updated and reinstalled including the xserver-xorg-video-all. I can open my desktop but, if i try to access the nvidia settings, it says that xorg.conf is not located in /etc/X11 (obvious error), and if I run the nvidia-xconfig it creates it. But then i need to reboot to load the new configuration and......the system gets stuck again. To access the graphical desktop, the only way is to delete the xorg.conf.
My question is: how to set the dual monitoring???? Why do the nvidia drivers (although updated and xorg.conf is deprecated) creates that file that causes the boot problem?
Please help me, i need the dual monitoring to work.
PS: i can't use "nouveau drivers" because, even if they properly work, they are really slow in my computer.
Thank you for the reply.
Of course i was already operating as admin, otherwise i could not delete nor create files in /etc/X11.
But anyway I tried to do so:
1) I download from internet a preconfigured basic xorg.conf file. I used it and the graphical interface loaded!
2) Then I deleted the nvidia drivers (with the --purge option) and updated my repository to install the last stable release of the drivers (as explained here http://www.multimediaboom.com/instal...-04-11-10-ppa/).
3) I created the xorg.conf file using the nvidia-xconfig.
4) After rebooting i got the same error but i was able to explore it. It says:
FATAL: error inserting nvidia-current: no such device.
failed to load the NVIDIA KERNEL MODULE
No screen found.
But I'm using the last stable nvidia drivers and the linux kernel 3.0! They should be compatible!
I remember trying nvidia-xconfig on Debian Squeeze. It didn't work out well for me either. What I did was deleted the xorg.conf (Or better yet just rename it to be on the safe side.) Then I opened the terminal up and as root of course, I started nvidia-settings and simply saved the x configuration file, rebooted and it worked fine for me after that.
You can give that a try and see if it works that way.
Solution from another forum:
1) remove all nvidia drivers from system: nvidia-* and nouevau drivers as well (e.g. xserver-xorg-video-nouevau) with apt-get remove
2) download new nvidia 290.10 drivers from nvidia ftp
3) shutdown laptop
4) set up BIOS: Graphics Device to Discrete Graphics. See recipe here, under topic Problems
6) Ctrl-Alt-F1, login as root
7) stop kdm: service kdm stop
install nvidia drivers: sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-290.10.run
9) start kdm: service kdm start
10) login in kde
11) apt-get install nvidia-settings
12) setup 2nd monitor with nvidia-settings
Thanks to these steps, i got my dual screen back!!!
But in my case it wasn't enough. I had to download the file NVIDIA-Linux-x86-96.43.20-pkg1.run because my graphic card is not recognized by the version 290. It caused the conflict everywhere, even in the xserver-xorg files. Resuming, the steps I did are:
- remove everything about nvidia (sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-*)
- downgrade the drivers: xserver-xorg-core xserver-xorg-input-evdev xserver-xorg-input-mouse xserver-xorg-input-synaptics xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse xserver-xorg-input-wacom xserver-xorg-video-radeon
- install nvidia drivers: sh NVIDIA-Linux-etc...
The problem is that the uploader is always asking to upload the file i downgraded, and if i update them then i got stuck again with the same problem.
I hope this can help somebody!
my graphical card is GeForce FX 5200
Does anybody know how to disable the updating of specific drivers?