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shinew
March 29th, 2009, 08:26 PM
Hi, I have a Geforce 9500 GT 512MB Dual DVI video card, and need to resintall Ubuntu 64-bit from scratch onto my new computer, as I have done this before with both the 64-bit & 32-bit, I could not continue with the installation(or boot the live CD) because after the initial "Ubuntu progress bar" has finished loading, the screen would just go blank. So I had to temporarily install with a old PCI graphic card , then install the correct driver for the 9500GT, which is really a hassle.

I'm wondering if any of the 2 options are possible and feasible(easier to do then swapping graphic cards):
1) "slipstream" the video card driver into the installation CD.
2) install ubuntu without the graphic card, in "text mode" if there is one. Because all I need is to be able to boot into the terminal, then I can just install the correct driver there.

thank you very much for your help!

Chemical Imbalance
March 29th, 2009, 08:28 PM
http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/remastersystool.html
http://www.ubuntugeek.com/creating-custom-ubuntu-live-cd-with-remastersys.html

shinew
March 29th, 2009, 08:41 PM
thanks for the quick reply & the link. I'm looking into it now.

shinew
March 29th, 2009, 08:58 PM
hmmm... it seems to make a CD out of the "current" system. But I don't have the system setup yet...
I do have ubuntu running on my laptop, should I just try to install the desktop driver on to my laptop and make a live CD from it? Is it bad to slip stream all the laptop drivers into the installation CD for the desktop? it would be great if I could selectively choose the driver to embed.
Also my laptop runs on ubuntu 32-bit, I would like to install 64-bit ubuntu for the desktop.

Chemical Imbalance
March 29th, 2009, 09:03 PM
Why not just install onto the desktop then use remastersys?

Try booting the recovery kernel in grub then enter a root prompt.

shinew
March 29th, 2009, 09:07 PM
Why not just install onto the desktop then use remastersys?

Try booting the recovery kernel in grub then enter a root prompt.

Because I don't have any linux distro installed on my desktop yet, only OS X. Can I boot into a liveCD without the graphic support? that would work I think.

Chemical Imbalance
March 29th, 2009, 09:11 PM
If you can boot a livecd on your desktop, it will probably drop you to low-graphics mode, so it should work.

shinew
March 29th, 2009, 09:13 PM
If you can boot a livecd on your desktop, it will probably drop you to low-graphics mode, so it should work.
Nah I can't boot with any graphic support(see my first post).

timjohn7
March 30th, 2009, 11:11 AM
Nah I can't boot with any graphic support(see my first post).

WHen you get to the 1st menu screen (using LiveCD), select Other Options (F6 I think). Add "vga=792" at the end of the 1st line.
This should give you 1024 x 768 screen resolution which should work on any system post-1995 and enable you to get to apoint where you can install your requiresd drivers.