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    Configuring video drivers: NVIDIA Corporation GF108GL [Quadro 600]

    Hello. I am trying to get Ubuntu working on a new machine. Currently, it boots but attempts to go into "low graphics mode". This seems to fail and it stops at a blank screen, but the machine is otherwise ok: I can get a TTY login or SSH in.

    The card I am using is GF108GL [Quadro 600] (rev a1)

    There is also a Tesla card installed for computation but I do not need to use it at the moment. The relevant lines of lspci are:
    Code:
    03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF108GL [Quadro 600] (rev a1)
    03:00.1 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation GF108 High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1)
    04:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Tesla C2075 (rev a1)
    I have tried installing the driver recommended for 64 bit linux and this card on the NVidia website but it did not resolve the problem. Here is some more system information:

    Code:
    $ cat /etc/lsb-release
    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.10
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=quantal
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.10"
    The NVIDIA configuration which doesn't work:

    Code:
    $ cat ./xorg.conf
    # nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
    # nvidia-xconfig:  version 310.44  (buildmeister@swio-display-x86-rhel47-07)  Wed Mar 27 15:56:20 PDT 2013
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     "Layout0"
        Screen      0  "Screen0"
        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/psaux"
        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
    And the failsafe configuration which also doesn't work:

    Code:
    $ cat ./xorg.conf.failsafe 
    Section "Device"
    	Identifier	"Configured Video Device"
    	Driver		"vesa"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
    	Identifier	"Configured Monitor"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
    	Identifier	"Default Screen"
    	Monitor		"Configured Monitor"
    	Device		"Configured Video Device"
    EndSection
    I'm not really sure how to proceed -- I've come to terms with the fact that Ubuntu doesn't support all hardware configurations and that there may be no way to get graphics working, but how do I go about determining this / fixing the graphics?

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    Re: Configuring video drivers: NVIDIA Corporation GF108GL [Quadro 600]

    mrule; Hi !

    What results in booting up from a liveCD in "try ubuntu" mode ?
    Boot the liveCD;
    At the purple splash screen (stick figure keyboard emblems at bottom of screen) -> hit any key ->
    Language screen -> escape key to accept the default ->
    Booting options screen -> f6 key (other options) -> arrow down to the preset option(s) -space or enter to accept- and then the escape key to exit; try "nomodeset" first and or with the other options next attempts.
    For other additions(later attempts) the boot options kernel boot line is now available, append any desired boot parameter to the end of the line.
    Enter key to continue the boot process to the GUI desk top;

    This for starters, further advise pending.

    just try'n to help
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Configuring video drivers: NVIDIA Corporation GF108GL [Quadro 600]

    Hi, I seem to have lost the live CD, and I'm having trouble making another one. The "Brasero" disk image burner application on my other Ubuntu machine won't start for some reason.

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    Re: Configuring video drivers: NVIDIA Corporation GF108GL [Quadro 600]

    Oh I have it working now ( for some reason Brasero won't start if it detects that another copy is already running, but the other copy had crashed and disappeared, leading to the appearance that Brasero was refusing to start for absolutely no reason) but the image of Ubuntu 12.10 is too large to put on CD, according to Brasero.

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    Re: Configuring video drivers: NVIDIA Corporation GF108GL [Quadro 600]

    So yeah, I can't make a live CD. Any other suggestions?

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    Re: Configuring video drivers: NVIDIA Corporation GF108GL [Quadro 600]

    Live USB or Live DVD work just as well.
    None but ourselves can free our minds

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    Re: Configuring video drivers: NVIDIA Corporation GF108GL [Quadro 600]

    Well DVD won't be possible but I might be able to find a USB thumb drive -- not today though. Actually .... I'll try using Windows to burn the liveCD.

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    Re: Configuring video drivers: NVIDIA Corporation GF108GL [Quadro 600]

    I tried to burn a disk image on Windows7 and it ALSO says that it is too large to fit on a CD. So I think that... the Ubuntu desktop AMD64 image might actually be too large? Or there is some mistake -- I am seeing it as about 63K larger than the 800M CD size limit. At any rate, I can't seem to burn a live CD using either windows or linux, I don't own a DVD burner or blank DVDs, and I don't at the moment own a memory stick. Or rather, the last memory stick I bought had some sort of issue where it couldn't be used to load Ubuntu for reasons which I never really understood. So, I'm having a lot of trouble making any sort of recovery CD or something similar. I know that it is possible to debug these things in place without a live CD, but that it will be harder and require more expertise.

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    Re: Configuring video drivers: NVIDIA Corporation GF108GL [Quadro 600]

    mrule; Hi !

    OK, as you do not have a liveCD or an alternate available, let's see what we can do from the install.
    Small steps to establish a working foundation;
    When you boot up your system do you reach the grub menu with choices of which operating system to load ?
    Yes -> With the latest ubuntu kernel highlighted press the "e" key for edit mode -> kernel boot parameters ->;
    Arrow down to the line beginning with "linux /boot/vmlinuz-" and arrow across to the terms "quiet splash" and insert the term "nomodeset" -without the quotes-;
    key combo ctl+x to continue the boot process.

    What is your result ?
    Further advise is pending .

    just try'n to help
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Configuring video drivers: NVIDIA Corporation GF108GL [Quadro 600]

    I am working on this now and the issue at the moment is that the grub menu is never displayed -- I'm trying to remember how to change that.

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