i was in the same situation as denali. after researching a little, this method let me install nvidia drivers. I hope it can help some of you
sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
(remember last space)
sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia-*
(after this ubuntu boots with some graphical errors like white lines and incorrect resolution)
sudo apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
(after this, ubuntu boots with no graphical errors BUT CANT GET INTO TERMINAL with gdm stopped so cant install nvidia drivers)
So heres the tricky part
sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-framebuffer.conf
and you need to comment 'blacklist vesafb' and add 'blacklist vgafb16' (both without quotes)
sudo nano /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
and add 'fbcon' and 'vesafb' (dont forget last space)
sudo update-initramfs -u
sudo nano /etc/default/grub
search for 'GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=' and ADD (dont delete) vga=771 or 795 (according to your resolution)
now can enter terminal and install NVIDIA drivers. and they will install without errors.
Worked for me too
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Thanks for updating the HOWTO
Thanks, It worked for me and solved an issue in which I install nvidia drivers via hardware devices and afterwards Kubuntu hangs when shuttingdown/rebooting. After doing what trespuntos suggested I came across 2 lil problems.
1. When rebooting I hear 3 fast beeps from my mobo.
2. I'm using kubuntu and when I boot up(before log in screen) or shutdown I get the ubuntu splash screen. Also during the boot it also displays the text starting cups.
I also have another question in which I don't want to start a thread. Before the login screen I have a black screen with a flashing dash (_). Is this normal? It doesn't bother me just wanted to know.
Last edited by swalker23; May 2nd, 2010 at 02:29 AM.
That did it! Thank you!
Now I just have to find my desktop folders.