Ubuntu Hardy 8.04 AMD64 Alternate Install CD
Well I've been having problems with my Nvidia 7800 GT with a fresh ubuntu 8.04 Install.
My biggest problem was none of the packages provided with the installation worked. I always had the same problem the second after I logged into the desktop the system freezes, and I had to hard boot!
The follow drivers have not worked for me: nv, nvidia-glx-new, nvidia-glx-dev, nvidia-glx.
So here is how I got my system fixed.
Starting with a clean install.
Got to logon screen pressed "Ctrl+Alt+F1" to drop into a new console session. - logged into console
Removed the Restricted drivers
sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
Removed nv drivers
sudo apt-get remove --purge linux-restricted-modules
Removed Nvidia drivers from loading
sudo apt-get remove --purge xserver-xorg-video-nv
The last line should read DISABLED_MODULES=""
sudo nano /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common
I then modified the last line to DISABLED_MODULES="nv nvidia_new"
Not sure if its needed but I deleted xorg.conf
sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
After all this I was able to login to my Desktop without the computer freezing up
sudo shutdown -r 0
downloaded nvidia drivers for linux - 64bit
-- link for 32bit drivers
After downloading the drivers onto my Desktop pressed "Ctrl+Alt+F1" to enter a console.
installed build essential packages needed for the Nvidia driver install
Changed directory to the location of the Downloaded Nvidia Drivers (Desktop for me)
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
Next I enabled the nvidia driver file for execution
Then I executed the Nvidia Driver file
sudo chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-169.12-pkg2.run
if using the 32bit package run
sudo chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12.pkg1.run
During the Nvidia Driver Install I selected Yes to every option.
Restarted and now everything is happy.
I'm a pretty big noob, but I did run through this process twice today in order to better understand it, and each time it worked on my system. This is the only process that I found to work for me so far after working on it and searching google and these forums for 3 days now.