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Old 10-07-2006, 06:18 AM   #1
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Nvidia Driver Problem- gui won't load

I recently installed Ubuntu Dapper Drake onto my pc. Everything worked fine until I tried to install my Nvidia Gforce 2 graphics drivers.I followed the instructions from a certain website.I now have no access to ubuntu's gui. It now displays a message saying 'your x server (graphical interface) has not loaded correctly. I am a complete newbie to Linux in general so I was wondering if anyone knows how to fix this problem? I am running on an X86 Amd athlon processor.

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Old 10-07-2006, 12:35 PM   #2
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I followed the instructions from a certain website.
Could you be a little more explicit? For example, what was the website?

I would imagine that xorg.conf needs to be fixed, or that the nvidia driver wasn't installed correctly or something. Could you post the contents of /etc/X11/xorg.conf as well as the output of the following:
cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EE
This might give some idea about what went wrong.
Old 10-09-2006, 12:04 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by mr-t
It now displays a message saying 'your x server (graphical interface) has not loaded correctly.
So presumably you have command line access?
Do you have an internet connection?
Maybe Ububtu have a text-based browser like lynx or w3c?

It should be possible to edit the xorg.conf manually using emacs or vim. This is usually in /etc/X11 or in the /usr/X11 tree.

My xorg.conf has a section:
Section "Device"
  BoardName    "GeForce FX Go5200"
  BusID        "1:0:0"
  Driver       "nvidia"
  Identifier   "Device[0]"
  Option       "NvAGP" "1"
  Option       "usevnc" "no"
  Screen       0
  VendorName   "NVidia"
You could try changing Option "NvAGP" to "0"

Alternatively comment that out (start each line with #) and replace with
Section "Device"
  Driver        "vesa"
  Option        "ModeSetClearScreen" "no"
  Identifier    "Device[vesa]"
Old 10-09-2006, 12:08 PM   #4
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Geforce 2.. You did install the nvidia LEGACY driver not the regular proprietary one right ?

$sudo aptitude install nvidia-glx-legacy nvidia-kernel-common nvidia-xconfig linux-restricted-modules-`uname -r`
$sudo nvidia-xconfig
Old 10-09-2006, 03:12 PM   #5
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Reconfiguring X

You could also try reconfiguring X. Run this command:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
This will allow you to reconfigure X by hand. For nvidia, make sure to choose the nvidia driver instead of nv.

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