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    Graphics issues so cant install

    Hi I am trying to resurrect a vista based
    Compaq Presario v6000 laptop.
    To use as a basic web machine for my workshop.


    Installing
    lubuntu-19.04-desktop-amd64 from USB


    Hardware is nforce 630M/GeForce7150m based
    1280x800 display
    and a broadcom B/g wifi card


    The Boot menu loads fine, but if i progress to load the live desktop environment, it seems to make it to the desktop but the display is messed up. it looks like the screen is chopped in to segments and ghosted over itself. I cant see anything to try and rectify the issue.
    if i try the Ubuntu installer this experiences the same Graphical issues right from boot.


    I can get a console window using shortcut keys but its hard to read.. and i cant see what ive typed without hitting return a few times


    I can blindly set the Resolution using xrandr. and while this does seem to do something, It doesnt fix the issue.
    If i use the autoconfig flag in xrandir I get the "hourglass" and the machine seems to crash.




    I'm thinking i may need graphics drivers.
    I can download the drivers to the USB on another machine which come in a .run format but I have no idea how to load them.


    I am completely new to linux more or less.


    Suggestions?
    Cheers.

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    Re: Graphics issues so cant install

    Hi and welcome to the fora.

    Normally people should go for the latest available Buntu version but in this particular case I suggest trying 18.04.3.

    The Nvidia 7xxx graphics cards might need (I'm not sure - a test will show) closed source drivers which are not available in later releases. Do you get a better result with 18.04 if you add closed source drivers as soon as you see the option?
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    Re: Graphics issues so cant install

    can you post a photo of your screen?

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    Re: Graphics issues so cant install

    Which processor and RAM do you have?
    There were several versions with different processors, even a couple with Intel processors.

    Typically Ubuntu will attempt to use the open source nouveau driver, it usually works OK although does have some issues.
    There is also a generic vesa drivers which offer fewer features.
    You may need some boot options to get the driver to load and work correctly.

    Closed source drivers are available but may require some special installation of a chipset this old.

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    Re: Graphics issues so cant install

    HI all, I'll try and answer all together:

    I tried 18.04.3, no difference

    Here is a photo:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/PHvV5ahSaxPtXFpF9

    It's actually a Presario V6500

    Processor is an AMD TUrion 64 X2 Tl-59 1.9ghz

    2GB Ram

    I notice vista (installed) is 32 bit.

    I dont know how to add the CLosed source drivers?

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    Re: Graphics issues so cant install

    Quote Originally Posted by urumiko2 View Post
    I dont know how to add the CLosed source drivers?
    The option should be presented to you as part of the installation process.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts.
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: Graphics issues so cant install

    In the boot menu there is a Load 3rd party driver disk option or something on the F4 key but pressing it does nothing. THen if i continue to boot in to the installer i get the same graphical issues.
    I would have thought there should be a way to boot to the command line without loading the desktop environment so i can install the drivers?

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    Re: Graphics issues so cant install

    Yes, one can install a text-only system using the minimal ISO.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts.
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: Graphics issues so cant install

    Surely there must be a start up peramiter or file on the usb that i can alter that says don't load the gui?
    Id be happy to read up on the relevant stuff myself if someone knows where or what I should look for in the documentation?

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