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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Quote Originally Posted by DrHackenbush View Post
    What?! You're helping someone other than me?

    Just messing. So did you have any additional words of wisdom or is a reload in my future?
    I feel like there's been over a 100 since the release on Thursday. And on the side, I'm testing Precise Pangolin 12.04 pre-alpha...

    Please post your current /etc/X11.xorg.conf I have an idea for you.
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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Quote Originally Posted by MAFoElffen View Post
    DRM is still not loading!!! ARRRRGH!!!

    It was Natty v11.04... Past settings? Sort of. Remember the date of the day you updated? When it goes through a distribution upgrade, it makes a backup copy of the /etc/X11/xorg.conf and names it with that date appended to the end. Example: xorg.conf.dist-upgrade-201010131843. Post that file here...

    In the meantime, it you rename your present xorg.conf file to something anything else... Then in your grub menu, in edit mode, add "radeon.mode=0" and boot (look through the last 10 posts if you need instruction on that) Does it boot the GUI?
    I tried radeon.mode=0, and it booted to the GUI. The update center said it wanted to update my catalyst driver to a different 11.8 one. I let it, and it boots correctly now without the radeon.mode=0 option.

    I appreciate your help man. Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Dear Sir,
    (I am assuming you are a sir)
    I am the author of 640 and 643 and you answered me in 641.
    Trying, trying and nothing works. Until...I screw thing up completely. I had a perfectly good 10.10 installation, for a year. And trying to install latest nvidia driver by doing
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-current (it installed), now I can't get into my system at all. Man, what a mistake I made there. gets to purple ubuntu screen with orange dots and stops. How do I get my system back? I am angry with myself.
    I am using here an old laptop. Thanks so much for your help.
    Live and learn, I hope. Cause I need my machine.
    Waiting for answer.
    Liz

    purged nvidia. system doesn't work with current version 285. How can I get last version 260 back? It worked. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Like I did. Booted in low graphics recovery mode. no other way at moment. thanks.
    Last edited by Lizella; October 18th, 2011 at 02:01 AM. Reason: ongoing process updates.

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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Quote Originally Posted by MAFoElffen View Post
    I feel like there's been over a 100 since the release on Thursday. And on the side, I'm testing Precise Pangolin 12.04 pre-alpha...

    Please post your current /etc/X11.xorg.conf I have an idea for you.
    Holy smokes - I'll bet it does. Thanks again for all your help!

    Code:
    # nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
    # nvidia-xconfig:  version 280.13  (buildmeister@swio-display-x86-rhel47-05.nvidia.com)  Wed Jul 27 17:18:55 PDT 2011
    
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     "Layout0"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
        InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
        InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Files"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    
        # generated from default
        Identifier     "Mouse0"
        Driver         "mouse"
        Option         "Protocol" "auto"
        Option         "Device" "/dev/mouse"
        Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
        Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    
        # generated from default
        Identifier     "Keyboard0"
        Driver         "kbd"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier     "Monitor0"
        VendorName     "Unknown"
        ModelName      "Unknown"
        HorizSync       28.0 - 33.0
        VertRefresh     43.0 - 72.0
        Option         "DPMS"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
        Identifier     "Device0"
        Driver         "nvidia"
        VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier     "Screen0"
        Device         "Device0"
        Monitor        "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection     "Display"
            Depth       24
        EndSubSection
    EndSection

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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Quote Originally Posted by Lizella View Post
    Dear Sir,
    (I am assuming you are a sir)
    I am the author of 640 and 643 and you answered me in 641.
    Trying, trying and nothing works. Until...I screw thing up completely. I had a perfectly good 10.10 installation, for a year. And trying to install latest nvidia driver by doing
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-current (it installed), now I can't get into my system at all. Man, what a mistake I made there. gets to purple ubuntu screen with orange dots and stops. How do I get my system back? I am angry with myself.
    I am using here an old laptop. Thanks so much for your help.
    Live and learn, I hope. Cause I need my machine.
    Waiting for answer.
    Liz
    Liz,

    Remember when I mentioned that I saw that you had the nVidia (nvidia.com) proprietary driver installed (albeit old)? And that all you had to do was to open a terminal session and type
    Code:
    sudo nvidia-installer --upgrade
    And it would upgrade your driver to the newest version?

    Too late for that now. What you did by installing the debian package nvidia-current... Is now you have 2 different drivers installed that don't play nice together.

    To back off from, hold down the shift key while booting up.
    - At the Grub boot menu, press "e" That will put you into an edit mode
    - Arrow down to the line that says "quiet splash vt.handoff=7" and replace it with the text "--verbose single"
    - Press <cntrl><x> to boot.
    That will boot the kernel into a TTY text mode. Login, then:
    Code:
    sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf ~/xorg.conf.old
    sudo nvidia-installer --uninstall
    sudo apt-get update 
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-'uname -r' 
    sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-*
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-173
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo nvidia-xconfig
    echo options nouveau modeset=0 > /etc/modprobe.d/nouveau-kms.conf
    sudo reboot
    See if that works for you...

    Mike
    Last edited by MAFoElffen; October 18th, 2011 at 01:56 AM.
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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Quote Originally Posted by DrHackenbush View Post
    Holy smokes - I'll bet it does. Thanks again for all your help!
    Code:
    # nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
    # nvidia-xconfig:  version 280.13  (buildmeister@swio-display-x86-rhel47-05.nvidia.com)  Wed Jul 27 17:18:55 PDT 2011
    
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     "Layout0"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
        InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
        InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Files"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    
        # generated from default
        Identifier     "Mouse0"
        Driver         "mouse"
        Option         "Protocol" "auto"
        Option         "Device" "/dev/mouse"
        Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
        Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    
        # generated from default
        Identifier     "Keyboard0"
        Driver         "kbd"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier     "Monitor0"
        VendorName     "Unknown"
        ModelName      "Unknown"
        HorizSync       28.0 - 33.0
        VertRefresh     43.0 - 72.0
        Option         "DPMS"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
        Identifier     "Device0"
        Driver         "nvidia"
        VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier     "Screen0"
        Device         "Device0"
        Monitor        "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection     "Display"
            Depth       24
        EndSubSection
    EndSection
    What the Heck? I had a double take on what is highlighted in red above!

    Didn't you post this output?
    Quote Originally Posted by DrHackenbush View Post
    Here is the output (using the 11.04 CD) from lspci -vnn | grep VGA
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc M22 [Mobility Radeon X300] [1002:5460] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    Quick Fix. Open a the xorg.conf with permissions and change from
    Code:
        Driver         "nvidia"
     
    To:
    Code:
        Driver         "radeon"
    

    Save and exit.

    Reboot and try. If that doesn't work, then what we might have to do is to uninstall any nVidia driver that may have been install with that when xorg.conf was created.
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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Quote Originally Posted by MAFoElffen View Post
    What the Heck? I had a double take on what is highlighted in red above!

    Didn't you post this output?


    Quick Fix. Open a the xorg.conf with permissions and change from
    Code:
        Driver         "nvidia"
     
    To:
    Code:
        Driver         "radeon"
    

    Save and exit.

    Reboot and try. If that doesn't work, then what we might have to do is to uninstall any nVidia driver that may have been install with that when xorg.conf was created.
    Huh - that's weird. Anyway I've changed it. Will bounce and report. Thanks again!

    Edit1: Nothing. It still doesn't seem to get to grub or whatever (unless using a live CD of some sort). I've been through a fair portion of this thread - is there a pattern relating to laptops, by any chance?

    Edit2: Beginning to suspect I have bigger problems than I first thought. Trying to get 11.10 running on an old Dell Inspiron 9300. Primary symptom seems to be black screen - no video feedback whatsoever upon boot.

    HOWEVER

    If I boot from a live CD - Ubuntu 11.04 or a current Knoppix or Puppy live CD, I eventually get in to a GUI and can do stuff. Weirdly though, the screen (both the laptop screen and external monitor) both remain dark until I get to a GUI. That seemed unusual to me and some things I expected out of Puppy seemed not to happen so I tried running puppy on another laptop.

    Booting there, I see all of the pre-gui boot up text (don't see any of that on my primary PC) so something seems definitely to be up on my primary laptop. On a hunch, I tried getting into my BIOS (noticed that I no longer see the 'press F2 to go to bios' message) and can't get there.

    Seems oddly coincidental that this started with the upgrade attempt. Not real sure where to turn from that point.
    Last edited by DrHackenbush; October 18th, 2011 at 05:34 AM.

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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Howdy,

    I spent many hours in this thread following the release of natty and ended up giving up with out success. Now seeing we have another release I thought I'd give it another try. My efforts so far seem to indicate that the same issues remain.

    My system is a Medion Akoya laptop with nvidia gf8600m GS graphics running ubuntu 11.10 32bit desktop. No external monitors attached. The current status and things I've tried.

    *fresh install of ubuntu 11.10 - system loads up without nvidia proprietary drivers nicely but only allows 800x600 & 1024x768. My screen's native res is 1440x900

    * Install nvidia drivers from "Additional Drivers", run nvidia-xconfig.Reboot

    - Grub displays then blank screen, with HDD activity for some time then it stops. Screen still blank. Pressing <ctrl><alt>F1 etc does not get terminal.

    - Recovery mode produces same result except some text is seen scrolling for a while, then screen refreshes to a blank screen with a flashing cursur top left hand corner.

    - Editing grub boot options makes no difference.

    Any help would be much appreciated. I'm sure that there is more info that I could post, but I'm not sure which info would be most useful. Please let me know.

    Thanks again
    Phil

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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Quote Originally Posted by DrHackenbush View Post
    Huh - that's weird. Anyway I've changed it. Will bounce and report. Thanks again!

    Edit1: Nothing. It still doesn't seem to get to grub or whatever (unless using a live CD of some sort). I've been through a fair portion of this thread - is there a pattern relating to laptops, by any chance?

    Edit2: Beginning to suspect I have bigger problems than I first thought. Trying to get 11.10 running on an old Dell Inspiron 9300. Primary symptom seems to be black screen - no video feedback whatsoever upon boot.

    HOWEVER

    If I boot from a live CD - Ubuntu 11.04 or a current Knoppix or Puppy live CD, I eventually get in to a GUI and can do stuff. Weirdly though, the screen (both the laptop screen and external monitor) both remain dark until I get to a GUI. That seemed unusual to me and some things I expected out of Puppy seemed not to happen so I tried running puppy on another laptop.

    Booting there, I see all of the pre-gui boot up text (don't see any of that on my primary PC) so something seems definitely to be up on my primary laptop. On a hunch, I tried getting into my BIOS (noticed that I no longer see the 'press F2 to go to bios' message) and can't get there.

    Seems oddly coincidental that this started with the upgrade attempt. Not real sure where to turn from that point.
    So you cannot even see BIOS messages?
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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Quote Originally Posted by pssturges View Post
    Howdy,

    I spent many hours in this thread following the release of natty and ended up giving up with out success. Now seeing we have another release I thought I'd give it another try. My efforts so far seem to indicate that the same issues remain.

    My system is a Medion Akoya laptop with nvidia gf8600m GS graphics running ubuntu 11.10 32bit desktop. No external monitors attached. The current status and things I've tried.

    *fresh install of ubuntu 11.10 - system loads up without nvidia proprietary drivers nicely but only allows 800x600 & 1024x768. My screen's native res is 1440x900

    * Install nvidia drivers from "Additional Drivers", run nvidia-xconfig.Reboot

    - Grub displays then blank screen, with HDD activity for some time then it stops. Screen still blank. Pressing <ctrl><alt>F1 etc does not get terminal.

    - Recovery mode produces same result except some text is seen scrolling for a while, then screen refreshes to a blank screen with a flashing cursur top left hand corner.

    - Editing grub boot options makes no difference.

    Any help would be much appreciated. I'm sure that there is more info that I could post, but I'm not sure which info would be most useful. Please let me know.

    Thanks again
    Phil
    Phil,

    Welcome back. I remember you and yours. Jim should remember you also. As you remember (without me evn looking back thru the posts)- you have an Intel Sandy Bridge / NVidia switched hybrid graphics laptop...

    Since you left this thread/adventure, Bumblebee continued to grow try to support switched graphics and now has a branch called Ironhide. I hear the process to install, is to install your nvidia drivers (you just did), then move the xorg.conf somewhere. Then install ironhide...
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