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Old 10-30-2007, 09:13 PM   #1
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"Unreadable display after selecting graphics card"

I installed Ubuntu 7.10, via upgrade ( so no disc )
I installed "compiz". No problems at that stage, but the display
changed to a lower resolution when I next booted
I then tried to change the display ( from generic to the monitor I have )
and the grahics card I selected was "NVIDIA" which I believe is correct.
There is a "test" option which I tried and this appeared OK
However on reboot the system is "scrambled" when the log in screen appears
By guesswork I can log on and just make out menus - but cannot read them well enough to do anything. I tried starting in safe mode but have been unable to "start system in safe graphics mode".
I don't know how to fix this
Appreciate help
Old 10-31-2007, 10:53 AM   #2
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can take you part of the way

We have similar situation. Updated ubuntu 7.04 to 7.10 by download. Worked great. Had not activated nvidia previously because there was some problem with the drivers and I really didn't need anyway. Tech guys of company I bought computer from came installed "newer" drives because they thought that would cure all the code stops and BS of Death I was getting. That was really bad. My computer is going on 3 years old. This time I installed the legacy drivers not new ones and it went great. Have a look at nvidia in synaptic to make a choice for your computer's nvidia card. There are three sets of drivers.

Then did 'sudo nvidia-glx-config enable'. Good results. I fortunately had both Gnome desktop and KDE. The Gnome is still fried like yours, but when I started KDE it worked great. The 3D graphics controller in nvidia was doing its job with Compiz 3d desktop. Great feature. But I was also instructed to restart "X". Ubuntu 7.04 had an X server listed on Grub, but when I went to Grub in 7.10, you should know to hit esc during bootup to get a list of choices, But when I went there, there was no X, only Xscript. So I tried that and it loaded OK. But here's the prob I have and if you get by the current probs you may have this one also. After I shut down and restart I have to reinstall the nvidia drivers and enable nvidia again. Doesn't seem right to me. Seems to me the reason to restart X would be to fix the config and enable of nvidia. But what is and where is X?

Hope you get something useful out of this. I don't know, maybe I need to go to xscript and then restart it. This seems to be a confused and crappy way of doing this, if that really is what the instructions mean. Something just isn't right in this.

Good Luck.

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