View Full Version : [ubuntu] nvidia drivers causing issues.

December 29th, 2012, 10:56 PM
Ok history.

Installed ubuntu 12.10 64bit on my desktop yesterday.


P55 SLI motherboard
I5 CPU 64bit
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ (2) - SLI
1- SSD 60GB
2- HDD 500GB
2 monitors

Installed last night and EVERYTHING works except the nvidia drivers.

The only driver that works is the nouveau driver but I don't have the ability to enable SLI (which as far as I know makes my second video card a paperweight) or more importantly control the GPU fan speeds. They are running at warp speed!:KS

When I change the driver to the 310, 304, current-updates, or current and reboot I am left my main screen only showing AND only the background image showing and no menu screens.

Similar to the image below but without the settings window.


I would love some help on this! I want to get away from windows but this will hold me back.....:(

December 29th, 2012, 11:44 PM
Hi!, Steinklatre,

Most probably a known bug which fails to install the necessary linux-header files in 12.10

See this Thread, Posts #1 & #4 substituting the nvidia driver package names with what you have presently installed:

In the blank Desktop Screen you should be able to get a Terminal or Console with one of these: 'Ctrl+Alt+t', 'Alt+F2' plus 'term', or 'Ctrl+Alt_F1'.

Chao!, bogan.

December 30th, 2012, 01:10 AM

I have tried to no avail..... no change whatsoever.

December 30th, 2012, 12:15 PM
Hi!, Steinklatre,

What shows from:
echo $DESKTOP_SESSION # should be "ubuntu"Try:
sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop # then reboot
# If that does not help try:
setsid unity # then rebootDo those alter things?

If you run:
sudo nvidia-settings # or:
gksudo gedit Does anything happen, or do you get a 'Cant open display' message??

Chao!, bogan.