Hi, would appreciate any suggestions on how to fix the following;
Brief summary; After messing about with the nvidia drivers in ubuntu 10.04, I’m now stuck in low graphics mode and can’t get back to normal graphics.
I’ve spent 2 solid days trawling the forums and have found several similar threads but they all differed on key points like they were booting from a CD, or were using a different OS. I tried several of the similar suggestions but nothing worked. I’m a complete noobie to linux so need idiot-proof explanations please.
More detail; Last week I got a zotac zbox hd-id11 and installed ubuntu 10.04 as the only OS. Installed xbmc and everything was working fine. However, the user manual for the zbox says “before you can make full use of the features of the zbox you need to update the drivers”, and they include a CD of drivers, which isn’t very helpful because a) its only valid for windows and b) I don’t have a CD drive installed and don’t have an external one either. But I was bugged by the idea that perhaps it would work even better if I updated the drivers.
So after trawling the web for instructions on how to do it, I came across the following;
which seemed perfect because they describe almost exactly the same hardware setup (except I don’t have an SSD). So I followed the instructions for “updating the drivers and patches”, skipped the bit about “enabling TRIM support for your SSD” and followed the instructions under “configuring the video”. After the final reboot, I got a message saying something about there being no graphics driver (sorry, I can’t remember the exact message, I’ve messed about with it so much since then) and did I want to start in low graphics mode. I clicked OK, then spent the last 2 days trying to fix it but just can’t get it back to normal.
Things I’ve tried;
1) I tried undoing what I’d done by uninstalling and reinstalling the nvidia drivers several times via the hardware drivers screen, and using synaptic package manager. The hardware drivers screen tells me that “nvidia-current is activated but not in use”. I don’t know how to make it be in use.
2) I followed some instructions to update the nvidia drivers via the terminal, and also to reinstall ‘nouveau’.
3) The nvidia configurations page accessed from the admin menu jumps around all over the place when I try to click on things, and the highest option it has for setting the resolution is 600 x 400.
The strange thing is, at one point when I tried to start xbmc, I got the error message that xbmc needs a graphics driver that supports 3D, and couldn’t run without one. But the above fixes have obviously fixed something because xbmc now starts fine, and when I watch a movie using xbmc, the picture is ok (I don’t think its any different from before I messed with the drivers). But the rest of ubuntu is in permanent low-res mode, with big chunky letters and windows that don’t fit on the screen etc. This makes me think that the graphics driver IS working, but something’s wrong with the settings in ubuntu. I think I need a way of telling ubuntu to stop booting in low graphics mode, or to start using the nvidia driver????
Hope this gives enough detail for somebody to suggest a solution. Obligatory system info below. Many thanks.
Zotac Zbox HD-ID11
NVIDIA ION2 chipset
Intel ATOM D510 processor
WD scorpio blue 2.5” 500GB HDD
Kingston value DDR2 RAM 2GB
Connected to LCD TV via VGA cable and audio-out.
(hope this covers everything, please ask if I left something out)