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    nVidia drivers

    Hi!

    Recently installed ubuntu 12.04 on my desktop pc.
    The graphics card is nVidia geforce FX 5200.

    So, I wanted to install nvidia's drivers for everything to work smoothly.

    Followed these instructions
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-ins...using-ppa.html

    Then I went to additional drivers. nVidia current is there, so I activated it and rebooted. After reboot resolution was like 640x480 (native is 1920x1020). So I did this

    sudo apt-get purge xserver-xorg
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg xserver-xorg-video-all
    sudo reboot

    Resolution got a bit better, but still no good.
    I opened nvidia x server settings, but it says 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.

    After nvidia-xconfig nothing changes.
    In Details it says graphic driver is VESA: NV34 Board - p162-1nz
    Nouveau drivers are deleted, read in other topics, that it has to be deleted to enable nvidia's drivers.

    Anyway, I guess the problem is that the driver isn't enabled, but how to do it?

    Any help would be appreciated!
    Regards.

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    Re: nVidia drivers

    That dinosaur video card is not supported by the latest driver 295.40.xx

    You need driver version 173.14.xx that has been rebuild for the later Xorg.

    Check the driver readme appendix A.

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    Re: nVidia drivers

    Also I would hold off install Nvidia Drivers in 12.04 for the moment as there was a bug in the last update. Hopefully it will be fixed before final today.
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    Re: nVidia drivers

    173.14.xx driver can't be installed because of dependencies. Got to stick with nouveau driver I guess.

    Anyway thanks for help.

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    Re: nVidia drivers

    Are you sure you are picking the (recently) rebuilt package 173.14.31 for Xorg 1.10 & later?

    Can you try this in synaptic package manager & see the dependencies?
    (nvidia-173-update or similar)

    You should probably wait until 12.04 is released (today)..as kc1di mentioned..
    Last edited by BicyclerBoy; April 26th, 2012 at 08:47 PM.

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    Re: nVidia drivers

    Just for the record - don't install Nvidia 173 drivers from the nvidia website. It doesn't work and uninstalling it also dont work. It doesnt remove all the components and Unity launcher can't start. I had to install nvidia-current from the repos and remove it again in order to delete all the remaining files.
    It adds jockey-gtk entries that I still can't manage to clean.
    Too bad for nvidia... I'll never buy anything from nvidia again.

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    Re: nVidia drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by BicyclerBoy View Post
    Are you sure you are picking the (recently) rebuilt package 173.14.31 for Xorg 1.10 & later?

    Can you try this in synaptic package manager & see the dependencies?
    (nvidia-173-update or similar)

    You should probably wait until 12.04 is released (today)..as kc1di mentioned..
    Tried nvidia-173-updates. Here are those dependencies

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:

    nvidia-173: Depends: x11-common (>= 1:7.0.0) but 1:7.6+12ubuntu1 is to be installed
    Depends: xorg-video-abi-10 but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: xserver-xorg-core (>= 2:1.8.99.905-1ubuntu3) but 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu10 is to be installed

    P.S.
    I've done sudo apt-get update and all those things

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    Re: nVidia drivers

    If you are considering using installer from nVidia website you need to read the driver readme & follow the instructions. Same for un-installing.
    I have used nVidia drivers from the website off & on over years without issue apart for odd glx folder/symlink problems.

    Is this the same version you tried?
    https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/oneiric....30-0ubuntu8.1

    Or have you taken the plunge to 12.04 ?

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    Re: nVidia drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by BicyclerBoy View Post
    If you are considering using installer from nVidia website you need to read the driver readme & follow the instructions. Same for un-installing.
    I have used nVidia drivers from the website off & on over years without issue apart for odd glx folder/symlink problems.

    Is this the same version you tried?
    https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/oneiric....30-0ubuntu8.1

    Or have you taken the plunge to 12.04 ?

    No, thats not the same version, but this version isn't in synaptic at all. Tried installing from tar.gz from link you gave, but failed. Don't know how to install those .run files correctly...
    I think I'll wait till it's in synaptic, or will buy new graphic card since this old crap can't be run with my monitor through DVI port.

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    Re: nVidia drivers

    The FX5200 was good in its day, was in the iMac iLamp 20", but that day is over.

    That s/w source will not be in synaptic until you change your software sources i.e. add the ppa.
    Stay clear of tarballs etc..
    Try to find the "deb" archive & load package archive with gedi.

    The h/w problem with your graphics card is going to become a mobo problem.
    I guess the 5200 is AGP.
    The last AGP card was 8400. Could have been a 9400 or 8500..
    Could have been a PCI version..

    All current graphics cards are PCI-e (excepting AMD fusion & iCPUs & chipset)
    Last edited by BicyclerBoy; April 29th, 2012 at 12:12 AM.

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