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Old 09-23-2015, 10:33 AM   #1
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 | X-Server won't start


I'm a Linux rookie - very motivated to move from Windows to Linux and looking for assistance to do so. I'll try to spare you with too much boring detail and get to the point.

The issue at hand seems to be my graphics card, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260.

I've tried Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce, even Linux Mint 13 Maya Xfce. Also Ubuntu, Korora Cinnamon, lubuntu, Elementary OS, Tails and openSUSE - all in current stable builds - and the issue is the same: x-server won't start. Some of them I'm able to start in compatibility mode and/or with nomodeset, but I can't seem to make a decent driver work.

The standard open source driver Nouveau, obviously, doesn't work as supposed, and neither do the recommended nvidia 340 and/or 304 drivers, even though they're supposed to support my graphics card.

I'm trying for weeks to follow instructions, tutorials and HowTo's on the internet about my issue (currently on Linux Mint), and it seems that the last decent working driver is NVIDIA's 177 - however, it isn't easily to be found. In fact, the command "sudo apt-get install nvidia-177-kernel-source nvidia-glx-177 nvidia-kernel-common nvidia-settings xserver-xorg-video-nv" (from this HowTo) only gives me errors, saying that those files/packages can't be found - and neither is this driver version to be found in the Device Manager anymore. It's still available from NVIDIA's website (thanks to these instructions), but even if I follow the tutorial the user pointed to, it only gives me installation errors (and other issues as well).

I'm beginning to think that I have no chance with Linux and my current graphics card. So I thought I'd give it a shot and ask here if there's any Linux distro which supports this graphics card right away.

After weeks of "troubleshooting" (or trying to) I somehow doubt it, but if there's anyone who's willing to assist me further, I'm open for it.

Thanks for your time.

Last edited by Ruye; 09-24-2015 at 11:42 AM.
Old 09-24-2015, 11:43 AM   #2
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Thankfully, somebody was able to help me out (on Linux Mint). This is what solved my issue:

apt-get install nvidia-current
installed (in my case) driver 304

possibly with noedid, depending on the display

to adjust the graphics card and display

sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
to remove the xorg.conf file, since it apparently causes more errors than it is useful

Now the x server starts up perfectly and without any errors, at least as far as I can tell.

Big ups to the people over at for the support!


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