View Full Version : [SOLVED] Maverick installation display problem on Dell Optiplex 960

November 3rd, 2010, 05:53 PM
I've just installed 10.10 on a brand new Dell Optiplex 960 machine via the x86_64 live CD. After installation and reboot, the screen(s) are completely blank and the system does not respond. I've seen some complaints about this and saw a solution to add `i915.modeset=1` to the boot parameters, but this has no effect in my case.

Graphics are an NVIDIA Quadro PCIe card. Not sure what else to try.

November 3rd, 2010, 06:37 PM
Unfortunately, the answer seems to be that Linux NVIDIA GPU support still sucks, for reasons not necessarily attributed to Linux. What worked for me:
- Get a recovery session, either via console or the live CD
- Modify the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX line in /etc/grug/default to include the "nomodeset" option
- Add the line "blacklist nouveau" to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
- Reboot and get into a VGA session. Booting from grub at this point should get you the option to run a single "failsafe" X session.
- Click "System -> Administration -> Additional Drivers" and activate the recommended NVIDIA driver for your hadrware (probably the "version current" version)
- Reboot. If necessary after reboot, adjust your NVIDIA settings ("System -> Administration -> NVIDIA X Server Settings")

Also unfortunate: this fix does not help address the VGA display stuff that appears during boot and shutdown, which still looks really bad.