I had been away from this particular machine for about 2 months because of a trip, and when I came back and turned it on, I saw that I had about 150 updates to download, which being the anal-retentive user I am, I got right away. At this point, my nvidia settings were fine, and my resolution was a cozy 1280x1024.
Upon reboot, however, I got the famous "running in low-graphics mode" dialog and it suggested the Vesa driver, which as we all know, is horrible. I'm pretty new to linux, and i had a very similar problem before, but my college roommate was a compsci major and fixed my video settings for me (it took about an afternoon of fiddling with it) and now I can't get a hold of him. It's really hard to work in 640x480 with 16 colors.
I have envyng and had it install the nvidia driver to no avail. The I downloaded the nvidia driver from nvidia.com which is a *.run* file, and was not able to do anything with that (if someone could remind me of the coding that would be great!) Then I typed in a command that nvidia suggested to get something like nvidia-glx-new? but of course that failed too.
I am just really stuck, and if anyone has resolved a similar problem I would really appreciate the help. I've looked over the forums and searched and tried several different fixes to no avail. Here are my system specs:
Ubuntu 8.04 (latest update)
Opteron 165 @ 2.45 GHz
DFI LanParty NF4 SLI-DR
2x1GB G.Skill DDR SDRAM
eVGA 7800GTX PCI-E 256MB GDDR3
Seagate 320GB SATA 300
Thank you in advance for the help!