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Old 11-08-2012, 11:48 PM   #1
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Post [tutorial] how to fix a broken nvidia driver


~this is in ubuntu 12.10~

hey guys, if you were like me and decided to install the new massively-famed nvidia 310 driver from their site only to watch your desktop blow up spectacularly, then this is the place to be

first off, if you dont have a second computer right next to the one your fixing, you should print off what im telling you, as theres some obvious command-work going to be done (as thats all your computer can do now).

restart your computer holding down shift.
you should get into the boot loader.
select to run ubuntu with other options
then select the latest kernal with (recovery mode) stamped on it.
after confusing letters, select to drop down as root

now copy these commands exactly.
1.
Code:
mount -o remount,rw /
-- this is to let your drive write as well as read, as you might get stuck with read-only
2.
Code:
dhclient eth0
-- this will get your internet up.
3. depending on what nvidia driver you had, do one of these things, if you are unsure, just run them all.
Code:
sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current
sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current-updates
sudo apt-get remove nvidia-experimental-304
sudo nvidia-installer --uninstall
4.
Code:
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings
-- get the nice and reliable nvidia driver back in

try rebooting, if you have your display back, then you wont need to do these next steps

go redo the starting steps and step 1 to get back into a working root
5.
Code:
sudo mv /etc/x11/xorg.conf /etc/x11/xorg.conf.old
6.
Code:
sudo nvidia-xconfig
this should get your x display back in order if it does not so automatically, i shy away from making this required because theres something in the back of my head that tells me those 2 lines might actually cause a problem, oh well

if you find a problem with this (or if you actually managed to get the 310 driver working) please tell me

also, i will most likely try to get this into the tutorials section, but i want to refine it here first

Last edited by duttocal; 11-08-2012 at 11:57 PM.
 
Old 11-09-2012, 02:08 AM   #2
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this is useufl, but this is a forum for questions, not solutions. Luckily we have a subsite for this... http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/answers
 
Old 11-11-2012, 09:24 AM   #3
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... if you were like me and decided to install the new massively-famed nvidia 310 driver from their site only to watch your desktop blow up spectacularly, then this is the place to be ...
Is this 310 driver a beta driver or something? The current nvidia driver listed on the nvidia website is 304.64.
I am just curious where you are finding this driver and why is it so "massively-famed".
What features does this driver offer?
 
Old 11-11-2012, 10:57 AM   #4
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310 is the name for 304.64 i believe, whatever it is, its the one that was worked on in collaboration with the valve game company, and is stated to have a 2x performance boost (in benchmarks it only gets a %20 boost, but thats still amazing)
alongside unbelievably faster loading times

i believe nvidia no longer supports my extremely old from-a-dump fx1400 anymore, so i just have to stick with 304 forever and ever

you can get it with sudo apt-get install nvidia-experimental-310

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