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Old 08-10-2005, 09:35 AM   #1
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nVidia driver : blank screen

I have got serious troubles with my nVidia GeForce FX Go 5700. When I use the generic nv drivers (available with Ubuntu), everything works fine, perfect screen resolution. I have very low FPS : average of 200.
When I've tried to install the nVidia drivers (already used both from Ubuntu packages and from nVidia website), I fell on the same problem every time. When I switch on the computer, I get the nVidia Logo. The screen contrast is already worse, but I've got an average of 3000 FPS (even though the video of the wheels seems much uglier than it was before). But the worst is that I can't access anymore to the console mode. I get a blank screen with weird horizontal and vertical colored lines. Those lines disappear progressively, the computer is then totally frozen on a wonderful blank screen. The same happens when I shut down Linux (it shows the blank screen but does not freeze this time).
Everything indicates that the drivers are correctly installed. I don't understand what's going on there.
Thanks for your help.

Acer Aspire 1522WLMi
AMD Athlon64 3000+
512 Mb RAM
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5700
with Ubuntu Hoary x86

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Old 08-11-2005, 03:05 AM   #2
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I had the same thing happen with my Geforce 6600 GT this morning. I installed and everything was fine until I rebooted and then the screen went black and I can't access a thing
Old 08-17-2005, 02:49 AM   #3
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I might have a similar problem. When I boot into ubuntu, my screen (Samsung 710n) complains about the resolution not being 1280*1024 at 60Hz, though it is... Pressing ctrl-alt-backspace brings me to the login screen. From then, everything works fine.

Any ideas?

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Old 11-07-2007, 09:19 PM   #4
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I've been having a similar problem with my GeForce G0 6200. If I use the nvidia driver I lose my console once I startx. When I logout of X, my screen flashes a bunch of different colors, but the machine is still running. I can shut the machine down if I don't misspell the shutdown command . . . Hard to tell when you can't see the console. I've tried several different changes to my kernel and different VGA modes but nothing seems to be fix it.

Old 11-08-2007, 06:50 AM   #5
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This is what works for me. In the "Device" section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf add the following option:

Option "NvAGP" "1"

When you get an xorg.conf that works, copy it to a backup file, like ''

By the way, when troubleshooting video problems it is handy to have another computer, Linux or Windows, that you can use to ssh to your Linux computer. That way you can edit xorg and/or reboot easily without all the guesswork.

Have fun! Hope this works for you.

Old 11-08-2007, 09:08 AM   #6
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Try searching for working xorg.conf from people with similar hardware (as a last resolution or maybe a first for some people)
Old 10-13-2009, 06:49 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by oxleyk View Post
In the "Device" section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf add the following option:

Option "NvAGP" "1"
Thanks. That worked well for my 6200LE
Old 12-20-2009, 11:47 PM   #8
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Hi! We are using GE Force 8400 GS card with Fedora 10 and trying to use latest nVidia driver for it. But we are getting same blank screen problem. We tried the NVAGP option. SO can anyone please share their Xorg file?


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