View Full Version : [ubuntu] nvidia graphics card driver problem (ubuntu 11.04)

August 28th, 2011, 08:00 PM

i have a serious problem, when i install the nvidia graphics card driver (current) and i restart my computer,when it turns back on the screen freezes. i also tried removing the default driver that's installed automatically but this just gave me the background with nothing on it not even unity.

if anyone can help please do.

Miles Epps

August 28th, 2011, 10:58 PM
What kind of video card is it?

August 29th, 2011, 12:57 AM
nvidia geforce 7300 se i think

August 29th, 2011, 02:22 AM
Did you automatically install the driver using the additional drivers option?

If so, maybe try installing manually. Drivers available here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html

Sorry if that's the way you did it before, you just didn't mention the method used.

August 29th, 2011, 11:37 AM
i used the additional drivers thing

August 29th, 2011, 11:39 AM
which driver do i choose? (i'm a bit of a noob sorry)

August 29th, 2011, 11:48 AM
extra info:

with what i did before i had to reinstall ubuntu because i couldn't use my computer at all, i could move the mouse around, but i couldn't click and drag or open files or anything

August 29th, 2011, 12:20 PM
I have an nvidia 8400gs. once you've installed ubuntu and run the updates you should be able to use the additional drivers option System > Administration > Additional drivers. this worked for me but if you don't want to do it this way you can use the synaptic package manager, System > Administration > Synaptic package manager, Then type nvidia-current in the searchbox, mark the package and click apply.

i have found though that using the nvidia drivers causes problems with 'plymouth' . i don't actually know what plymouth does as i'm still a noob myself but it seems to only affect the boot up and shut down screens, they appear as the wrong size

August 29th, 2011, 01:48 PM
ok i just install the driver through synaptic package manager, but now it's saying "You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just run `nvidia-xconfig` as root), and restart the X server." i ran nvidia-xconfig as root but it didn't do anything. i am very confused. please help

Miles Epps

August 29th, 2011, 01:53 PM
i ran nvidia-xconfig as root but it didn't do anything.

So post the commands output.If id did anything,it will have returned an error

sudo nvidia-xconfig


Just see your card is blacklisted for unity (ttp://askubuntu.com/questions/37629/geforce-go-7300-7400-blacklisted-can-i-still-run-unity/37686#37686),but the classic mode and unity-2d should work.

August 29th, 2011, 02:04 PM
terminal says this when i do that: Using X configuration file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf".
Backed up file '/etc/X11/xorg.conf' as '/etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup'
New X configuration file written to '/etc/X11/xorg.conf'

but i still get the error message on the nvidia x server settings

August 29th, 2011, 02:08 PM
So nvidia-xconfig worked.
Did you reboot after running it?

August 29th, 2011, 02:12 PM
no, im a tard aren't i

August 29th, 2011, 02:13 PM
i'll do that now, but i think my bios is screwed up because i can't access the bios options and when i start my computer if i dont press f3 it goes all black and doesn't do anythig

August 29th, 2011, 03:26 PM
same thing as the first time :(](*,)

August 29th, 2011, 04:21 PM
I'm currently having a problem with my Nvidia card. Im pretty sure its related to my new kernel. You should try 'sudo apt-get install nvidia-current' and post the results.

August 29th, 2011, 04:25 PM
just found out that my card isn't unity supported, what do i do

August 29th, 2011, 05:00 PM
SOLVED: for my card you need to install the 173

August 29th, 2011, 05:05 PM
just found out that my card isn't unity supported, what do i do

yep,I wrote this in post #10 already.
anyway,you could un-blacklist it: