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  1. #1
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    Unhappy NVidia Driver

    Hi. I am absolutely new to Linux. I just installed Ubuntu 8.10 . I am trying to install the driver for my NVidia graphics card.

    I clicked the "Activate" button on the Hardware Drivers Screen to enable the accelerated graphics driver (177). I got a popup screen that read "Downloading and installing driver". However, the popup screen got killed after a few seconds.

    When I attempt to use the "extra" settings in "Appearance" section, I am unable to do so as the driver hasnt been activated.

    Please advise.

    Regards,
    Ash.

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    Re: NVidia Driver

    Were you connected to the internet when you attempted to activate the drivers?

    If the hardware drivers applet didn't work for you, try opening the Synaptic Package Manager(System menu> Administration> Synaptic Package Manager), search for 'nvidia drivers' and select the version you want(eg. nvidia-glx-180 or nvidia-glx-177). After installing the drivers it is necessary to restart the system, open 'Hardware Drivers', and activate the drivers you want. before you can use the drivers and enable desktop effects.

    PS: The nVidia driver recommended for Ubuntu 8.10 is version 180. Install the nvidia-180-modaliases package as well in Synaptic if you want it to be available in 'Hardware Drivers'
    Last edited by balaknair; April 22nd, 2009 at 08:32 AM.
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    Re: NVidia Driver

    I also have a problem with the installation of the driver for an Nvidia card.

    This is on a new system which I am currently setting up, using 8.10.

    I have tried both the 177 and 180 drivers (as recommended above) but without success. With the 177 driver, I seem to get full graphics capability, as Compiz effects seem to work. But I cannot access any screen resolution above 640x480. When I tried the 180 driver, the system failed during boot and wanted to revert to low graphics mode. I checked the Xorg log and found that the problem appears to be a failure to recognise the monitor. This was the log output:

    The :0.log was as follows:

    6070 5811
    xinit /etc/gdm/failsafeXinit /etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe with-gdm -- /usr/bin/X :0 -auth /var/lib/gdm/:0.Xauth -nolisten tcp vt7 -br -once -config /etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe -logfile /var/log/Xorg.failsafe.log

    X: warning; process set to priority -1 instead of requested priority 0

    X.Org X Server 1.5.2
    Release Date: 10 October 2008
    X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
    Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.24-16-server x86_64 Ubuntu
    Current Operating System: Linux dave-desktop 2.6.27-7-generic #1 SMP Fri Oct 24 06:40:41 UTC 2008 x86_64
    Build Date: 24 October 2008 09:06:49AM
    xorg-server 2:1.5.2-2ubuntu3 (buildd@crested.buildd)
    Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
    to make sure that you have the latest version.
    Module Loader present
    Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
    (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
    (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
    (++) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.failsafe.log", Time: Wed Apr 22 22:32:47 2009
    (++) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe"
    error setting MTRR (base = 0xeb000000, size = 0x00e00000, type = 1) Invalid argument (22)
    (EE) Failed to initialize GLX extension (Compatible NVIDIA X driver not found)
    6070 5811


    The Xorg.0 log was as follows:

    X.Org X Server 1.5.2
    Release Date: 10 October 2008
    X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
    Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.24-16-server x86_64 Ubuntu
    Current Operating System: Linux dave-desktop 2.6.27-7-generic #1 SMP Fri Oct 24 06:40:41 UTC 2008 x86_64
    Build Date: 24 October 2008 09:06:49AM
    xorg-server 2:1.5.2-2ubuntu3 (buildd@crested.buildd)
    Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
    to make sure that you have the latest version.
    Module Loader present
    Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
    (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
    (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
    (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Wed Apr 22 22:32:45 2009
    (==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
    (==) No Layout section. Using the first Screen section.
    (**) |-->Screen "Default Screen" (0)
    (**) | |-->Monitor "Configured Monitor"
    (**) | |-->Device "Configured Video Device"
    (==) Automatically adding devices
    (==) Automatically enabling devices
    (==) No FontPath specified. Using compiled-in default.
    (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist.
    Entry deleted from font path.
    (==) FontPath set to:
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/misc,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi,
    /var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType
    (==) ModulePath set to "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
    (II) Cannot locate a core pointer device.
    (II) Cannot locate a core keyboard device.
    (II) The server relies on HAL to provide the list of input devices.
    If no devices become available, reconfigure HAL or disable AllowEmptyInput.
    (II) Open ACPI successful (/var/run/acpid.socket)
    (II) Loader magic: 0x7b7320
    (II) Module ABI versions:
    X.Org ANSI C Emulation: 0.4
    X.Org Video Driver: 4.1
    X.Org XInput driver : 2.1
    X.Org Server Extension : 1.1
    X.Org Font Renderer : 0.6
    (II) Loader running on linux
    (++) using VT number 7

    (--) PCI:*(0@2:0:0) nVidia Corporation unknown chipset (0x065b) rev 161, Mem @ 0xec000000/16777216, 0xd0000000/268435456, 0xea000000/33554432, I/O @ 0x0000bf00/128, BIOS @ 0x????????/524288
    (II) System resource ranges:
    [0] -1 0 0xffffffff - 0xffffffff (0x1) MX[B]
    [1] -1 0 0x000f0000 - 0x000fffff (0x10000) MX[B]
    [2] -1 0 0x000c0000 - 0x000effff (0x30000) MX[B]
    [3] -1 0 0x00000000 - 0x0009ffff (0xa0000) MX[B]
    [4] -1 0 0x0000ffff - 0x0000ffff (0x1) IX[B]
    [5] -1 0 0x00000000 - 0x00000000 (0x1) IX[B]
    (II) "extmod" will be loaded by default.
    (II) "dbe" will be loaded by default.
    (II) "glx" will be loaded. This was enabled by default and also specified in the config file.
    (II) "freetype" will be loaded by default.
    (II) "record" will be loaded by default.
    (II) "dri" will be loaded by default.
    (II) LoadModule: "glx"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions//libglx.so
    (II) Module glx: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
    compiled for 4.0.2, module version = 1.0.0
    Module class: X.Org Server Extension
    (II) NVIDIA GLX Module 180.11 Wed Nov 26 11:17:21 PST 2008
    (II) Loading extension GLX
    (II) LoadModule: "extmod"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions//libextmod.so
    (II) Module extmod: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 1.0.0
    Module class: X.Org Server Extension
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 1.1
    (II) Loading extension SHAPE
    (II) Loading extension MIT-SUNDRY-NONSTANDARD
    (II) Loading extension BIG-REQUESTS
    (II) Loading extension SYNC
    (II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
    (II) Loading extension XC-MISC
    (II) Loading extension XFree86-VidModeExtension
    (II) Loading extension XFree86-Misc
    (II) Loading extension XFree86-DGA
    (II) Loading extension DPMS
    (II) Loading extension TOG-CUP
    (II) Loading extension Extended-Visual-Information
    (II) Loading extension XVideo
    (II) Loading extension XVideo-MotionCompensation
    (II) Loading extension X-Resource
    (II) LoadModule: "dbe"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions//libdbe.so
    (II) Module dbe: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 1.0.0
    Module class: X.Org Server Extension
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 1.1
    (II) Loading extension DOUBLE-BUFFER
    (II) LoadModule: "freetype"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules//fonts/libfreetype.so
    (II) Module freetype: vendor="X.Org Foundation & the After X-TT Project"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 2.1.0
    Module class: X.Org Font Renderer
    ABI class: X.Org Font Renderer, version 0.6
    (II) Loading font FreeType
    (II) LoadModule: "record"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions//librecord.so
    (II) Module record: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 1.13.0
    Module class: X.Org Server Extension
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 1.1
    (II) Loading extension RECORD
    (II) LoadModule: "dri"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions//libdri.so
    (II) Module dri: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 1.0.0
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 1.1
    (II) Loading extension XFree86-DRI
    (II) LoadModule: "nvidia"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers//nvidia_drv.so
    (II) Module nvidia: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
    compiled for 4.0.2, module version = 1.0.0
    Module class: X.Org Video Driver
    (II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver 180.11 Wed Nov 26 10:59:18 PST 2008
    (II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs
    (II) Primary Device is: PCI 02@00:00:0
    (II) Loading sub module "fb"
    (II) LoadModule: "fb"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules//libfb.so
    (II) Module fb: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 1.0.0
    ABI class: X.Org ANSI C Emulation, version 0.4
    (II) Loading sub module "wfb"
    (II) LoadModule: "wfb"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules//libwfb.so
    (II) Module wfb: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 1.0.0
    ABI class: X.Org ANSI C Emulation, version 0.4
    (II) Loading sub module "ramdac"
    (II) LoadModule: "ramdac"
    (II) Module "ramdac" already built-in
    (EE) No devices detected.

    Fatal server error:
    no screens found


    The Xorg.conf file reads:

    # xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
    # in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
    # here are ignored.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    # sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Configured Monitor"
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    Monitor "Configured Monitor"
    Device "Configured Video Device"
    DefaultDepth 24
    EndSection

    Section "Module"
    Load "glx"
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Configured Video Device"
    Driver "nvidia"
    Option "NoLogo" "True"
    EndSection



    The monitor perform OK in the default Ubuntu driver setup (is this Open GL?). However, if I go into the screen resolution settings, the screen is shown as 'unknown' and I can only change the resolution. The refresh rate option is fixed at 0Hz and clicking on 'Detect Displays' has no effect at all.

    Am I right in concluding that the problem is not with the Nvidia driver(s), but with the recognition of the monitor (this is a 19" edge 10, model W193)?

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    Re: NVidia Driver

    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinismu View Post
    Hi. I am absolutely new to Linux. I just installed Ubuntu 8.10 . I am trying to install the driver for my NVidia graphics card.

    I clicked the "Activate" button on the Hardware Drivers Screen to enable the accelerated graphics driver (177). I got a popup screen that read "Downloading and installing driver". However, the popup screen got killed after a few seconds.

    When I attempt to use the "extra" settings in "Appearance" section, I am unable to do so as the driver hasnt been activated.

    Please advise.

    Regards,
    Ash.
    did you activate the third-party software. if you didnt go to system-> administration->software sources and in third party software tick the one thats there then go to updates and tick unsupported updates and reload,it should work

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    Re: NVidia Driver

    @gewitty

    Hello gewitty

    From what I can make of it, the problem is indeed with the nVidia drivers in this case(since things seem to work fine in the LiveCD session).

    From the Xorg log, it seems that it doesn't reconize your graphics card chipset, or the drivers are not properly installed. What model is your graphics card?
    Use this link to see which driver your card needs
    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

    I suggest uninstalling the drivers and reinstalling them, and then rebooting.

    Method 1: via the GUI
    I suggest using EnvyNG to uninstall the drivers and reinstall them

    *Install EnvyNG using the Synaptic Package Manager

    *Start EnvyNG(Applications> System tools> EnvyNG

    *Choose the option to remove the nVidia drivers

    *Reboot

    *Start EnvyNG and use it to reinstall the drivers, and reboot again.


    Method 2: via the command line
    * Open a terminal(Applications> Accessories> Terminal) and type in or Copy/Paste the following commands to uninstall the nvidia drivers


    Code:
    sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia-glx* nvidia-settings nvidia-kernel-common
    Code:
    sudo rm /etc/init.d/nvidia-*
    * Now use this command to reinstall the nVidia driver
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx-180 nvidia-180-modaliases
    * Reboot the system

    * Open hardware drivers and activate the version 180 drivers.

    *Reboot if prompted.

    I hope this helps.
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    Re: NVidia Driver

    Thanks for the driver installation ideas, but it now appears that the driver problem may not be with the Nvidia graphics card (I installed the latest driver version, 180, as you suggested, with no improvement), but with the monitor.

    Having spoken to the PC supplier and the monitor manufacturer, both seem to think that the issue is that Nvidia cannot find a driver for the screen and therefore does not recognise it.

    The monitor is an edge10 W193. I've had a quick look around, but so far have not been able to find a Linux driver for this model. edge10 tech support do not supply one and they suggested that I try the Nvidia web site, where they thought I would find one. However, that does not seem to be the case.

    I posted a query on the Nvidia forum, but have had no replies yet.

    Any ideas on where I go from here?

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    Re: NVidia Driver

    @gewitty

    Sorry for the delay in replying

    I think it's an improperly configured driver that's causing this. You shouldn't otherwise be getting the 'no devices detected' error.
    The steps outlined in my previous post would basically reinstall the drivers and reconfigure Xserver.

    You could also try booting into recovery mode and choose the option to fix graphics or reconfigure graphics(I don't remember the exact wording). This should generate a new xorg.conf file.

    Once the graphics card is up and running, we can add the higher resolution to xorg.conf manually if necessary.
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    Re: NVidia Driver

    Hi Balaknair. Thanks for the help.

    OK. I ran through the uninstall/reinstall routine you suggested, using the terminal option. This is the terminal output as I ran through it:

    dave@dave-desktop ~ $ sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia-glx* nvidia-settings nvidia-kernel-common
    [sudo] password for dave:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-new-envy for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-dev-legacy for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-96-dev for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-dev-new for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-dev for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-ia32 for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-new for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-173-dev for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-dev-new-envy for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-src for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-lrm-dev for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-envy for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-173 for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-180 for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-177 for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-177-dev for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-legacy for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-dev-legacy-envy for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-71-dev for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-legacy-envy for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-dev-envy for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-71 for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-96 for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Note, selecting nvidia-glx-180-dev for regex ‘nvidia-glx*’
    Package nvidia-kernel-common is not installed, so not removed
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
    localechooser-data
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    The following packages will be REMOVED
    nvidia-glx-177* nvidia-settings*
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 275 not upgraded.
    After this operation, 49.3MB disk space will be freed.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    (Reading database ... 115393 files and directories currently installed.)
    Removing nvidia-glx-177 ...
    Purging configuration files for nvidia-glx-177 ...
    dpkg - warning: while removing nvidia-glx-177, directory `/usr/lib32/tls' not empty so not removed.
    dpkg - warning: while removing nvidia-glx-177, directory `/usr/lib/tls' not empty so not removed.
    Removing nvidia-settings ...
    Purging configuration files for nvidia-settings ...
    Processing triggers for man-db ...
    Processing triggers for libc6 ...
    ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
    dave@dave-desktop ~ $ sudo rm /etc/init.d/nvidia-*
    rm: cannot remove `/etc/init.d/nvidia-*': No such file or directory
    dave@dave-desktop ~ $ sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx-180 nvidia-180-modaliases
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
    localechooser-data
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    nvidia-180-kernel-source nvidia-settings
    The following packages will be REMOVED
    nvidia-177-kernel-source
    The following NEW packages will be installed
    nvidia-180-kernel-source nvidia-180-modaliases nvidia-glx-180
    nvidia-settings
    0 upgraded, 4 newly installed, 1 to remove and 275 not upgraded.
    Need to get 19.5MB/20.3MB of archives.
    After this operation, 53.7MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated!
    nvidia-180-kernel-source nvidia-180-modaliases nvidia-glx-180
    nvidia-settings
    Authentication warning overridden.
    Get: 1 http://archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/restricted nvidia-180-kernel-source 180.11-0ubuntu1~intrepid1 [2838kB]
    Get: 2 http://archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main nvidia-180-modaliases 180.11-0ubuntu1~intrepid1 [7698B]
    Get: 3 http://archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/restricted nvidia-glx-180 180.11-0ubuntu1~intrepid1 [16.6MB]
    Fetched 19.5MB in 47s (409kB/s)
    (Reading database ... 115306 files and directories currently installed.)
    Removing nvidia-177-kernel-source ...
    Removing all DKMS Modules
    Done.
    Selecting previously deselected package nvidia-180-kernel-source.
    (Reading database ... 115269 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking nvidia-180-kernel-source (from .../nvidia-180-kernel-source_180.11-0ubuntu1~intrepid1_amd64.deb) ...
    Selecting previously deselected package nvidia-180-modaliases.
    Unpacking nvidia-180-modaliases (from .../nvidia-180-modaliases_180.11-0ubuntu1~intrepid1_amd64.deb) ...
    Selecting previously deselected package nvidia-glx-180.
    Unpacking nvidia-glx-180 (from .../nvidia-glx-180_180.11-0ubuntu1~intrepid1_amd64.deb) ...
    Selecting previously deselected package nvidia-settings.
    Unpacking nvidia-settings (from .../nvidia-settings_177.78-0ubuntu2.1_amd64.deb) ...
    Processing triggers for man-db ...
    Setting up nvidia-180-kernel-source (180.11-0ubuntu1~intrepid1) ...
    Removing all DKMS Modules
    Done.
    Adding Module to DKMS build system
    driver version= 180.11
    Doing initial module build
    Installing initial module
    Done.

    Setting up nvidia-180-modaliases (180.11-0ubuntu1~intrepid1) ...
    Setting up nvidia-glx-180 (180.11-0ubuntu1~intrepid1) ...

    Setting up nvidia-settings (177.78-0ubuntu2.1) ...

    Processing triggers for libc6 ...
    ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
    dave@dave-desktop ~ $

    After this, I opened up the Hardware Drivers utility and saw that the 180 driver was available and recommended, so went ahead and installed it. Then I rebooted.

    As the boot started, I got an error panel show up with this message:

    Ubuntu is running in low-graphics mode.
    The following error was encountered. You may need to update your configuration to solve this.

    (EE) No devices detected

    I then got an option screen and selected 'Run Ubuntu in low-graphics mode'. Got a message saying that the display was restarting. The system then started up OK, with the correct resolution. After everything had loaded, I got a message pop-up on the desktop which said, 'New restricted drivers in use'. When I checked the Hardware Drivers utility, it confirmed that the 180 driver is enabled. However, the system remains in low-graphics mode and is ignoring any Compiz effects settings. If I try to launch Google Earth, it gets as far as the splash screen and then quits.

    I checked the Screen Resolution utility again and it still says it doesn't recognise the monitor.

    The current set-up in xorg.conf is as follows:

    # xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
    # in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
    # here are ignored.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    # sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Configured Monitor"
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    Monitor "Configured Monitor"
    Device "Configured Video Device"
    DefaultDepth 24
    EndSection

    Section "Module"
    Load "glx"
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Configured Video Device"
    Driver "nvidia"
    Option "NoLogo" "True"
    EndSection


    The two logs which show the startup errors are Xorg.0.log and :0.log. The contents of these are as follows:

    Xorg.o.log

    X.Org X Server 1.5.2
    Release Date: 10 October 2008
    X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
    Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.24-16-server x86_64 Ubuntu
    Current Operating System: Linux dave-desktop 2.6.27-7-generic #1 SMP Fri Oct 24 06:40:41 UTC 2008 x86_64
    Build Date: 24 October 2008 09:06:49AM
    xorg-server 2:1.5.2-2ubuntu3 (buildd@crested.buildd)
    Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
    to make sure that you have the latest version.
    Module Loader present
    Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
    (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
    (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
    (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sat Apr 25 15:43:22 2009
    (==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
    (==) No Layout section. Using the first Screen section.
    (**) |-->Screen "Default Screen" (0)
    (**) | |-->Monitor "Configured Monitor"
    (**) | |-->Device "Configured Video Device"
    (==) Automatically adding devices
    (==) Automatically enabling devices
    (==) No FontPath specified. Using compiled-in default.
    (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist.
    Entry deleted from font path.
    (==) FontPath set to:
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/misc,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi,
    /usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi,
    /var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType
    (==) ModulePath set to "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
    (II) Cannot locate a core pointer device.
    (II) Cannot locate a core keyboard device.
    (II) The server relies on HAL to provide the list of input devices.
    If no devices become available, reconfigure HAL or disable AllowEmptyInput.
    (II) Open ACPI successful (/var/run/acpid.socket)
    (II) Loader magic: 0x7b7320
    (II) Module ABI versions:
    X.Org ANSI C Emulation: 0.4
    X.Org Video Driver: 4.1
    X.Org XInput driver : 2.1
    X.Org Server Extension : 1.1
    X.Org Font Renderer : 0.6
    (II) Loader running on linux
    (++) using VT number 7

    (--) PCI:*(0@2:0:0) nVidia Corporation unknown chipset (0x065b) rev 161, Mem @ 0xec000000/16777216, 0xd0000000/268435456, 0xea000000/33554432, I/O @ 0x0000bf00/128, BIOS @ 0x????????/524288
    (II) System resource ranges:
    [0] -1 0 0xffffffff - 0xffffffff (0x1) MX[B]
    [1] -1 0 0x000f0000 - 0x000fffff (0x10000) MX[B]
    [2] -1 0 0x000c0000 - 0x000effff (0x30000) MX[B]
    [3] -1 0 0x00000000 - 0x0009ffff (0xa0000) MX[B]
    [4] -1 0 0x0000ffff - 0x0000ffff (0x1) IX[B]
    [5] -1 0 0x00000000 - 0x00000000 (0x1) IX[B]
    (II) "extmod" will be loaded by default.
    (II) "dbe" will be loaded by default.
    (II) "glx" will be loaded. This was enabled by default and also specified in the config file.
    (II) "freetype" will be loaded by default.
    (II) "record" will be loaded by default.
    (II) "dri" will be loaded by default.
    (II) LoadModule: "glx"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions//libglx.so
    (II) Module glx: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
    compiled for 4.0.2, module version = 1.0.0
    Module class: X.Org Server Extension
    (II) NVIDIA GLX Module 180.11 Wed Nov 26 11:17:21 PST 2008
    (II) Loading extension GLX
    (II) LoadModule: "extmod"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions//libextmod.so
    (II) Module extmod: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 1.0.0
    Module class: X.Org Server Extension
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 1.1
    (II) Loading extension SHAPE
    (II) Loading extension MIT-SUNDRY-NONSTANDARD
    (II) Loading extension BIG-REQUESTS
    (II) Loading extension SYNC
    (II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
    (II) Loading extension XC-MISC
    (II) Loading extension XFree86-VidModeExtension
    (II) Loading extension XFree86-Misc
    (II) Loading extension XFree86-DGA
    (II) Loading extension DPMS
    (II) Loading extension TOG-CUP
    (II) Loading extension Extended-Visual-Information
    (II) Loading extension XVideo
    (II) Loading extension XVideo-MotionCompensation
    (II) Loading extension X-Resource
    (II) LoadModule: "dbe"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions//libdbe.so
    (II) Module dbe: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 1.0.0
    Module class: X.Org Server Extension
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 1.1
    (II) Loading extension DOUBLE-BUFFER
    (II) LoadModule: "freetype"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules//fonts/libfreetype.so
    (II) Module freetype: vendor="X.Org Foundation & the After X-TT Project"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 2.1.0
    Module class: X.Org Font Renderer
    ABI class: X.Org Font Renderer, version 0.6
    (II) Loading font FreeType
    (II) LoadModule: "record"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions//librecord.so
    (II) Module record: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 1.13.0
    Module class: X.Org Server Extension
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 1.1
    (II) Loading extension RECORD
    (II) LoadModule: "dri"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions//libdri.so
    (II) Module dri: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 1.0.0
    ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 1.1
    (II) Loading extension XFree86-DRI
    (II) LoadModule: "nvidia"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers//nvidia_drv.so
    (II) Module nvidia: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
    compiled for 4.0.2, module version = 1.0.0
    Module class: X.Org Video Driver
    (II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver 180.11 Wed Nov 26 10:59:18 PST 2008
    (II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs
    (II) Primary Device is: PCI 02@00:00:0
    (II) Loading sub module "fb"
    (II) LoadModule: "fb"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules//libfb.so
    (II) Module fb: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 1.0.0
    ABI class: X.Org ANSI C Emulation, version 0.4
    (II) Loading sub module "wfb"
    (II) LoadModule: "wfb"

    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules//libwfb.so
    (II) Module wfb: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    compiled for 1.5.2, module version = 1.0.0
    ABI class: X.Org ANSI C Emulation, version 0.4
    (II) Loading sub module "ramdac"
    (II) LoadModule: "ramdac"
    (II) Module "ramdac" already built-in
    (EE) No devices detected.

    Fatal server error:
    no screens found


    :0.log

    6076 5817
    xinit /etc/gdm/failsafeXinit /etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe with-gdm -- /usr/bin/X :0 -auth /var/lib/gdm/:0.Xauth -nolisten tcp vt7 -br -once -config /etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe -logfile /var/log/Xorg.failsafe.log

    X: warning; process set to priority -1 instead of requested priority 0

    X.Org X Server 1.5.2
    Release Date: 10 October 2008
    X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
    Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.24-16-server x86_64 Ubuntu
    Current Operating System: Linux dave-desktop 2.6.27-7-generic #1 SMP Fri Oct 24 06:40:41 UTC 2008 x86_64
    Build Date: 24 October 2008 09:06:49AM
    xorg-server 2:1.5.2-2ubuntu3 (buildd@crested.buildd)
    Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
    to make sure that you have the latest version.
    Module Loader present
    Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
    (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
    (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
    (++) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.failsafe.log", Time: Sat Apr 25 15:43:24 2009
    (++) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe"
    error setting MTRR (base = 0xeb000000, size = 0x00e00000, type = 1) Invalid argument (22)
    (EE) Failed to initialize GLX extension (Compatible NVIDIA X driver not found)
    6076 5817


    If it's any help, my hardware set-up is as follows:

    Processor (CPU) Intel® CoreTM2 Duo E8400 (2 X 3.00GHz) 1333MHz FSB/6MB L2 Cache
    Memory (RAM) 4GB CORSAIR XMS2 800MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x2GB)
    Motherboard ASUS® P5N73-AM: DDR2, S-ATA II, 1 x PCI-E x16, 2 PCI, etc
    Operating System Mint 64 bit
    1st Hard Disk 160GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
    2nd Hard Disk 1000GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 16MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
    1st CD/DVD Drive 22x DUAL LAYER LIGHTSCRIBE DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
    2nd CD/DVD Drive 16x DVD-ROM & 52x CD-ROM DRIVE
    Graphics Card 512MB GEFORCE 9400GT PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT
    Sound Card ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO
    Monitor edge10 W193

    Does any of that make sense to you?
    Last edited by gewitty; April 25th, 2009 at 03:52 PM.

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    Re: NVidia Driver

    OK, now it makes more sense.

    The GeForce 9400GT is not fully supported by the driver version in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex(180.11)

    9400GT support was added only with the most recent version(180.51)
    This will have to be downloaded from the nVidia site since as far as I know,it is not available in the Ubuntu repositories.
    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

    After downloading the file, you will need to completely uninstall the previous driver version(180.11) and switch to a text console to install the nVidia drivers.

    The problem with installing drivers from non-repository sources is that you will have to repeat the install process every time the kernel is updated. The advantage of course is that you can use the very latest driver available, which in some cases(like in your situation with the 9400GT) would be worth the inconvenience.

    How to install the nVidia-packaged drivers:

    Download the nvidia driver from the nvidia site(link given above) and save it your Home folder.
    Write down or print out the instructions, since you will have to do the following steps without a GUI.

    1) Switch to a tty console by pressing ctrl-alt-F1--> login with your user name and paaword.

    2) Stop the GUI
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
    3) Uninstall the previously installed drivers.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia-glx* nvidia-settings nvidia-kernel-common
    4) Install the packages needed to compile a kernel module
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
    5) Install the nVidia drivers
    Code:
    sudo sh ./NVIDIA***.run
    (just hit 'Tab' after NV to autocomplete the filename)

    The installer will offer a few options, just stick with the defaults, except for the last one where it asks if you want it to configure xorg- the default option is 'No', choose 'Yes'

    6) Start the GUI
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
    You might need to restart to get the drivers working properly.

    Hope this is helpful.

    All the best.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win
    Mahatma Gandhi
    When I feed the poor, they call me a saint; when I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist- Dom Helder Camara, South American priest

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    Re: NVidia Driver

    Sorry to be thick. But can you clarify what should go in the line:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

    I tried it as it is written and also substituted uname with my own log-in name, but it just throws up an error saying that it can't find package linux-headers-'uname -r', or can't find package linux-headers-'dave -r'

    I'm obviously not getting this line right.

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