Dear Linux Questions users.
I'm having some very dissatisfying, annoying and patience-consuming problems with Ubuntu linux. I am a fairly inexperienced linux user with some basic experience from distros I have used in the past (slackware, redhat). This problem has proven to be too much for me to handle alone. I've tried a number of things including suggestions and online guides, but haven't managed to do anything other than reformat my HDD and start from the beginning with a clean linux reinstall a number of times because I screwed up some things and didn't know how to fix them. Ubuntu was supposed to be an easy install I hear, but at this moment I'm just so frustrated that I don't even know if I can get the thread name right. ^^ For that matter I'll try to describe my problem in detail lower in this thread and I'd like to ask if someone can guide me through the whole process line by line. I've always had good opinion about LinuxQuestions so hopefully someone can help.
My goal is to install Ubuntu on my PC with a Windows XP dual boot. I'd like to install Beryl 3D desktop on Ubuntu as I hear it has some really wicked features I'm dying to try out.
My PC Specs
AMD Athlon XP 2400+ 2GHz
1024 MB of DDR
Gigabyte K7 Triton nVidia nForce 2 (model name: GA-7N400S-L
nVidia GeForce 6600 AGP 8X 256MB DDR / 128 bit (model name: GV-N66256DP
80GB Maxtor IDE
CD Installation problem - screwed graphics
The first time I noticed there was something wrong was when I attempted to install Ubuntu from the CD. I downloaded the 6.10 (Edgy) Desktop ISO and burned it to a CD. When tested the MD5 sums, all matched. Okay so I booted from the CD and I got into the boot menu. When I chose to run/install the operating system, it displayed the ubuntu loading screen that looked much like the Windows XP one. However after that (where Gnome desktop was supposed to load) it gave me some screwed graphics and my monitor displayed an "out of range" error. I did hear a sound play tho. The screwed graphich looked just like those described in this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=324414
The desktop was still responding to input as I could see that the graphics changed a bit if I moved my mouse over certain points.
I have tried the installation again multiple times by selecting different resolutions at the boot menu and finally I found a working one at 1024x768x32 (16 bit didn't work). It successfully booted into the desktop. There was a minior problem because the mouse pointer didn't show, but I have finally managed to install it to my HDD. Windows XP have always been installed and I've split the HDD into half to make room for Ubuntu (ReiserFS + 1024MB Swap). I wouldn't want to go talking about this problem right now because I have managed to get linux installed, but I have provided this story as a background. I assume the graphics problem might be related to what I have to say next.
HDD Installation - same old story
Okay. I have managed to install Ubuntu to my HDD, but guess what? Booting into Gnome fails and gives me weird those graphics again, but this time I have no option to choose desired resolution. So now what? Is my installation useless? I was poking around a bit and found out that the recovery mode (which you get to choose at boot loader grub) will successfully boot me into console (logged as root) without any problems. Woohoo! At least I have console functionality, now I can try fixing something, if only I knew how. I have managed to bring up my network by editing /etc/network/interfaces and /etc/resolv.conf. Internet works fine, but I have no browser to access it on linux. At least apt-get worked fine which I've used to downlaod some packages. By this point I assume you already know what the problem is, but in case you don't, I'll tell you. I can't install my nvidia graphics driver properly, tried almost everything, but theres always something that goes wrong
I've ended up reformatting and reinstalling Ubuntu each time.
My current status
Well here I am again with a clean installation of Ubuntu with basic networking and awaiting your orders. Oh yeah, the graphics card has always worked fine in XP so I doubt there's a problem with hardware. I'd say its the driver that I can't seem to be able to install properly. Help, please? There was a time where I managed to get the X working by using the drivers installation script from www.nvidia.com/drivers
, however, next time I rebooted, X gave an error that the driver version was not the same as the module, etc, etc...
What I currently can do
- Boot into linux console by selecting recovery mode at HDD boot menu
- Boot into Windows XP (my previous OS)
- Update my linux system with apt-get (I have to edit the sources.list for that and add some lines)
- Install packages with apt-get
- Browse the internet in Windows XP
- Download files in Windows XP
- Access Windows XP partitions from linux recovery console
- Reformat the partitions and reinstall Ubuntu in case I screw up something
What I currently cannot do
- Boot into Gnome by using the default selection at boot menu (I get screwed graphics on my screen)
- Start the X server from recovery mode console (same as above)
- Browse the internet from linux
- Access linux partition from Windows XP
- Install nvidia drivers properly (duh)