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    nVidia geForce 8800 GTS problems

    I've been using Ubuntu since 9.10 and have stuck with it through the shift to Unity. I am currently using 12.10 64 bit. Due to various problems and clutter I've just performed another fresh install of 12.10 to start from scratch.

    The default graphics driver is the Noveau display driver. Using Additional Drivers menu in the Software Sources application I moved the driver to the nVidia current proprietary tested driver. After reboot, the screen goes into low res mode with no Dash side pannel or any other bars, just the desktop can be seen. Ctrl-Alt-F2 turns the screen black with no prompt and Ctrl-Alt-F7 does not bring the desktop back. The RMB on the desktop works, where I found my way into the settings and set it back to the Noveau display driver.

    Ctrl+Alt+T will also bring up the terminal emulator.

    I have tried installing the recent nVidia driver from the nVidia website. After rebooting the Unity bar, start button, clock etc did come up, but in a low resolution mode that was also very sluggish. I've had the same with both the 64 and 32 bit versions of Ubuntu 12.10, the NVIDIA drivers were 304.64, 64 and 32 bit, respectively.

    Using Oracle's VirtualBox, the window switcher function of the sidebar (the 2nd click of the icon thing) locks up the graphics for several seconds (while streaming sound may be running in the background for awhile until it, too, stops. It resumes after some 20 seconds but will lock up again when the same window switcher function is used.

    It may be noteworthy that running KDE Plasma desktop on Ubuntu, I did not have any such stability issues.

    Could anyone point me in the direction of a solid and working graphics driver or a fix of this problem? Thanks

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    Re: nVidia geForce 8800 GTS problems

    Hi ,
    to revert back to nouveau driver , open a terminal and do
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge nvidia-*
    sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall nvidia-common xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
    Then reboot your system with this command
    Code:
    sudo reboot
    Now , about the closed source driver , I had this problem too. None of the drivers provided in software-sources worked for me. The only driver that worked (Installed recently 2 days ago) is the Beta 310.14. Be informed here that Beta is Beta. You know. But for me is the only driver I was able to install.
    I tried everything (installed linux-source , headers-generic .. etc) but nothing seemed to work for me.
    Then decided to download the Beta driver , you can find it here for 64bit Ubuntu => http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-d...14-driver.html
    but the procedure is a little different .

    If you want to test it and you want guide for the procedure , let me know.

    I didn't understand exactly the problem with VirtualBox , but restore first your Desktop Environment and we can talk about this later.


    Thanks

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    Re: nVidia geForce 8800 GTS problems

    Only with 12.10, I had to install the headers before getting nVidia to install correctly. I have the 9600GT and I used nvidia-current-updates which was the middle one version wise.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2081649
    # You may need headers - meta package for current version:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic

    then install nVidia. There now are several versions on repository.

    May want nvidia-current-updates or nvidia-current-experimental-XXX for most recent testing version.
    apt-cache search nvidia-sett*
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: nVidia geForce 8800 GTS problems

    Oh, thanks, NikTh and oldfred! I am going to try it now. NikTh, regarding VirtualBox, I suspect that finding a stable nVidia driver will solve this problem, too. I think it's all compiz-related (as I said, no issues with KDE Plasma desktop whatsoever).

    I'll try out the suggested solutions and get back to you with the results Thanks a lot

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    Re: nVidia geForce 8800 GTS problems

    oldfred, the nvidia-current and nvidia-current-updates were a miss. It's back to Nouveau.

    NikTh, I tried setting up the driver you suggested but with no luck. I stopped the xserver, changed downloaded file flag to executable and executed it. I got the same problem... a desktop with no Unity. Also, after one of my reboots compiz complained about shutting down unexpectedly.

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    Re: nVidia geForce 8800 GTS problems

    After a bit of poking around I discovered I was stuck on Nouveau for some strange reason, the settings didn't want to move. A bit of poking around later I've managed to remove and restore everything and it actually does seem it was the linux header files issue.

    a
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
    sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia*
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
    sudo reboot
    later I am up and running. I have yet to see what's going on when I go through the motions with VirtualBox etc, however. Thanks for the help, chaps!
    Last edited by ARooster; November 16th, 2012 at 12:56 AM.

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    Re: nVidia geForce 8800 GTS problems

    Glad you have it working. I am running the experimental 304.48 64 bit on my 8 series card and It runs great. Nvidia current was the worst performer of the four available drivers and it is the only tested one of the three Nvidia drivers.
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    Re: nVidia geForce 8800 GTS problems

    Right, unfortunately, the stability issues reoccured when running Thunderbird, VirtualBox, Firefox and VLC Player at the same time.

    I am "solving" this issue by moving back to Precise. I think I'll wait for 13.04, this graphics issue is just too much hassle to be worth the few minor improvements 12.10 offers over 12.04.

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