View Full Version : [ubuntu] [SOLVED] GTX280 woes. :-(

August 31st, 2008, 05:58 PM
Hi All!

Have just got myself a nice new shiny system, (see sig for details). However I have just spent the last two hours trying to get the following NVidia drivers to work but with no success:-


I use the following method for installation:

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-177.67.pkg2.run
sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

I searched these forums for an answer and came up with the following threads:-




Still no luck! Can`t even get the command "gksudo displayconfig-gtk" to work. When I try it nothing happens. Also, when I reboot the machine it comes up with the "Low Resolution Setting" and won`t go any higher than 800x600. :-( I am running Ultimate 1.9 if that helps?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me! :-)


Btw - forgot to mention that my motherboard is an Asus M3N-HT Deluxe.

September 9th, 2008, 05:04 PM
Well I've got my GTX280 working on Beta drivers, I'm a bit of a N00b to Ubuntu, so the steps I took are as follows:

1) Downloaded the Beta 64 bit drivers from Nvidia http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=118602 it mentions support coming in 177.67 for our lovely little GTX280 and since release is 177.13 it looks like it's a Beta existence.

2) Stop X, I ended up going System->Administration->Services unlocked it, then unticked the Graphical Login manager.

3) Control-Alt-Delete to get the PC to reboot then come up with an X-less interface. Login and change directories to where you downloaded the driver.

4) Run the driver as follows

sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-177.70-pkg2.run
follow the screens through and let it do it's thang.

5) Restart X

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

6) Login and go back in and reactivate the Graphical Login manager in System->Administration->Services.

7) (this one took me a little while) make sure "nv" is listed against DISABLED_MODULES in /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common or you'll loose the lovely screen resolution next time you reboot...

If anyone knows a cleaner way I could have done this, or if there are better drivers I'd be happy to hear.


September 21st, 2008, 09:16 PM
Having similar issues here. Scarab72, iv follwed your directions you posted and it worked great (Thankyou!). However, when setting my res to native 1680x1050 it resets itself to 1280 after a reboot.
I have tried running the nvidia manager with sudo to stop the error that it doesnt have suffiecient privs to overwrite the .conf file. Nothing.
I have even tried manually editing the .conf file and removing all other resolutions, and it still somehow manages to set itself to 1280!!!
Anyone kn0w of a workaround for this?

September 21st, 2008, 11:24 PM
Did you install the driver requirements?

Post the output from:

cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf|grep Device