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Old 10-25-2006, 02:27 PM   #1
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Installing Ubuntu w/ NVidia Card


I posted this on the Ubuntu forums, but wanted to put it here to see if you guys can help me out as well. *copy/paste*

I'm using a 256MB NVidia GeForce FX 5500. I'm currently running Fedora Core 5, but wanted to try Ubuntu because I heard it was a really good desktop Linux, and given the fact that it's 1 CD instead of 5, I'm assuming it's a lot less bloated than Fedora Core. Anyway, following the initial instructions I get a message telling me that xserver-xorg-drvier-via is already installed and up to date. So then I try installing some nvidia driver packages(couldn't quite remember all of them). I do sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx . However the old driver package I use in FC5 (kmod-nvidia) doesn't work, it just says it doesn't exist. Anyway, after installing nvidia-glx, NVIDIA now shows up as a driver set when I do dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg. However after that nothing changes, I still get "no devices detected" only this time it says NVIDIA instead of VESA, and I get shot straight back to a command line. Help anyone?
 
Old 10-25-2006, 02:48 PM   #2
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All I had to do was open Adept, typed nvidia in the search box, picked the nvidia-glx-driver. After it was installed, a message came up telling me to change 'nv' to 'nvidia' in xorg.conf. Did that then restarted X, saw the nVidia logo flash briefly and voila! the driver was installed and running great.

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Old 10-25-2006, 03:11 PM   #3
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Well there's my issue, I can't get to a gui at all, I'm doing it all from command line, and given the fact that I've never used a Debian distro, apt-get is all new to me, but I'll try that nvidia-glx-driver package and see what happens.
 
Old 10-26-2006, 04:44 AM   #4
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Has anyone here heard of EasyUbuntu or Automatix2?

Both nice little gui apps that will pull down, configure and update the nvidia drivers for you with ease.

Heres the links.
http://www.getautomatix.com/
http://easyubuntu.freecontrib.org/

I use easy ubuntu personally, making an easy to use distro even easier!!

I had cedega and doom3 up and running in minutes!!
 
Old 10-26-2006, 05:40 AM   #5
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Got it working, see Ubuntu forums post for details.
 
Old 10-26-2006, 05:47 AM   #6
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That was quite a tinkering session. Good to hear it's working. Welcome to Ubuntu!

Xel, I would love to get Steam up and running. I'd hate to leave DoD behind at my home's Windows rubble.
 
Old 10-27-2006, 03:42 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hrp2171
Xel, I would love to get Steam up and running. I'd hate to leave DoD behind at my home's Windows rubble.
He, he ,he. I must admit I was hanging on for dear life to Windows just for the gaming, but I just purchased a cedega account. Only 3.88GBP with VAT per month, its worth it.

And yup, steams installed too But I only have half-life 2 and garry's mod in there at the mo!

For those who don't have cedega and wish to play with steam via wine (nothing to pay) then heres a link that may intrest you.

Steam, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike 1.6 and Source with Wine
http://www.linux-gamers.net/modules/...DEX+Wine+Games

But cedega (with a nice gui) supports steam nicely!! Its worth the pennies....
 
Old 10-28-2006, 11:01 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Xel'naga666
He, he ,he. I must admit I was hanging on for dear life to Windows just for the gaming, but I just purchased a cedega account. Only 3.88GBP with VAT per month, its worth it.

And yup, steams installed too But I only have half-life 2 and garry's mod in there at the mo!

For those who don't have cedega and wish to play with steam via wine (nothing to pay) then heres a link that may intrest you.

Steam, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike 1.6 and Source with Wine
http://www.linux-gamers.net/modules/...DEX+Wine+Games

But cedega (with a nice gui) supports steam nicely!! Its worth the pennies....
Went there, got the t-shirt, i'm a happy camper now! Thanks for the link.

It all went too smooth for words: Steam, DoD and CS. I even dared to install IE. I'm going to be using mainly to listen to Yahoo! Music until I find something else.
 
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