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    GeForce GT 340 Garbling

    Hello,

    This is my second post about this problem on the forums, the first being completely unanswered after 3 weeks. Recently upon trying Ubuntu 11.10 on my Acer Predator G5900, with a GT 340 PCI-E card, Ubuntu simply boots into a garbled display. This shows blocks of solid colour across the screen as well as sections of the previously loaded session which as been addressed from VRAM. Possible solutions anyone?

    Jack

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    Re: GeForce GT 340 Garbling

    Is the display garbled at boot or greeter/login or X desktop screens ?
    Are you dual booting with earlier 10.04 ? and the PC works okay ?
    Were you using the video driver from jockey tool "additional drivers"?

    nVidia 275.43 or later is probably required.
    Are you sure the GPU is not a GT440, not that it makes much difference..

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    Re: GeForce GT 340 Garbling

    Okay so basically, the screen would garble at login, but instead now it just black screens. Monitor 1 reports it is outputting 1280x720, which is correct, although Monitor 2 reports 640x480. After waiting 10 minutes it is still black, so I don't even know how to go about getting the nVidia driver. A quick note, this is through Wubi. Unfortunately I don't consider Ubuntu a serious operating system since GNOME was shelved.

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    Re: GeForce GT 340 Garbling

    Unity is just a GUI desktop manager..in windows you have no choice & no choice in desktop effects manager.

    You can install/use a number of desktop/effects managers..
    gnome-fallback can be installed & then picked at login ..basically same as old gnome 2.

    When you are stuck at black screen you can console login..
    <ctrl>+<alt>+<F1>
    Then view or redirect into text file some debug info
    dmesg > kernellog.txt
    cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log > dumpXorglog.txt

    Access these files later from windows..

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    Re: GeForce GT 340 Garbling

    Not quite sure what you want me to do there, but I did Ctrl+Alt+F1 when it garbles/black screens and I saw something quite far up that something like "GPU lockup resorting to" something mode. I really should have written it down >.<
    Last edited by jackhe22; March 7th, 2012 at 06:01 PM.

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    Re: GeForce GT 340 Garbling

    That sounds quite terminal..

    Can you try a live CD DVD USB stick boot to see if the machine works okay?
    Wubi may be the problem.

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    Re: GeForce GT 340 Garbling

    I have today tried a USB stick with the system to boot, with an identical issue. Maybe this is down to the fact I am on the 64-bit version of Ubuntu?
    Thanks,
    Jack

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    Re: GeForce GT 340 Garbling

    I have been using 64bit ubuntu since 8.04 with no issue.

    A possible cause is the default nouveau driver for nVidia h/w.

    You need to access the Xorg or kernel log files to debug..

    If you can console login (from live CD/DVD/USB).. then try
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
    sudo service gdm start

    If you can not use console then it is possible to stop the nouveau driver from grub by adding:
    rdblacklist=nouveau

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    Re: GeForce GT 340 Garbling

    Lol surprised I didn't try the sudo-apt-get earlier, but I don't think it will work thanks to me being on wireless connection. Will try the grub hack later, thanks

    Jack

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    Re: GeForce GT 340 Garbling

    Did try both, still garbling. The blacklist option in Grub seems ignored, despite making sure it had taken it in. During the boot sequence noveau can still be seen booting. Sudo-apt-get is useless with terminal login, due to the fact that I previously mentioned, I am on wi-fi, not LAN.

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