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Old 03-21-2007, 01:45 AM   #1
winterhunter
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Problem with Ubuntu 6.10 X11 and Nvidia 7950 GTx2


Dear All,

Yesterday I've installed Ubuntu in my computer (an Athlon 64 x2 5200+, 2Gb RAM, MSI K9N Platinum motherboard, and a NVIDIA 7950x2 video card.

I've tried installing the Nvidia drivers (with the Add/Remove option) and after a reboot all I get is a dead X server. Disabling the driver and reverting to the original X11 configuration file solves the problem (but still using standard -non accelerated- NVIDIA drivers).

I've then tried to install the latest NVIDIA drivers (in binary form), but to do so I must first stop X, which I don't know how to do. I've tried:
* Ctrl+Alt+Backspace : It kills X, but it restarts
* Kill XXXX (with the right PID) : Idem
* Init 3 : Nothing happens
* Boot in recovery mode : the drivers tell me to switch to runtime level 3, but X starts in Runtime level 3! They then complain that X is running...

How do I kill the damn server (besides messing the conf file up and then disabling it)?

I also tried (as a stop gap solution) to increase the screen resolution further than 1024x768 (my screen is setup nicely for 1600x1200 - at 1024x768, the centering is sooo bad that I get 30% of the desktop "outside" of the screen - and I'm not messing up the centering of the screen, or else I will get problems with the other computers that share it).
I've edit xorg.conf to replace the low res modes by higher ones, but Ubuntu does not care and continues to insist that there should only be 1024x768 and lower modes. (Just in case, I've updated the md5sums in var/lib/X11) What am I doing wrong?

Thanks a lot!

Gonzalo

Last edited by winterhunter; 03-21-2007 at 02:06 AM.
 
Old 03-21-2007, 04:39 AM   #2
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Hi Winterhunter
I had the same sort of troubles trying to install Nvidia drivers for my 6600 card. I wanted to get twinview happening - thats a different story, though and would require a bottle of Jameson whiskey for that one to go down!
Anyhoo, I traversed (read: trawled) through countless articles and whitepapers telling me to do this that and the other thing, but nothing seemed to work.
Then, I found that the second post in the Ubuntu forums points to this site: http://easylinux.info/wiki/Ubuntu:Edgy
This showed just about everything - INCLUDING how to install the drivers.

My bet would be to try there, and see how that goes for you. It worked for me, and now I am able to spend countless hours playing lovely crack-attack and foobillard!

Cheers
Damo
 
Old 03-22-2007, 10:06 PM   #3
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I had a similar problem with another nvidia card.

try removing the default nvidia package and installing the manufacturer's driver

apt-get remove nvidia-kernel-common
 
Old 03-23-2007, 01:47 AM   #4
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Hi,

I've checked the site that Damo recommended there is a "procedure" to install the nvidia drivers (via the .deb package). I've followed it and now it works like a wonder (don't try to use Compiz though, it crashes everything - Beryl, OTOH, works flawlessly).

So thanks for the advice!
 
Old 03-23-2007, 05:30 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by winterhunter
Hi,

I've checked the site that Damo recommended there is a "procedure" to install the nvidia drivers (via the .deb package). I've followed it and now it works like a wonder (don't try to use Compiz though, it crashes everything - Beryl, OTOH, works flawlessly).

So thanks for the advice!
I followed the instructions to install Compiz, and that works like a charm for me. Sure, i have had to restart X a few times, but other than that, its worked wonders, much better than that windows trash!

Glad it worked for you!

Cheers
Damo
 
  


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