Changinnng to default BIOS settings has created problems.
tuxebi at gmx.de
Mon Apr 20 19:45:19 UTC 2009
let's do it step by step and see...
stevenvollom at sbcglobal.net wrote:
> I removed the video card. I set the internal GPU to Auto. Then I
> booted the computer. When the computer attempted to open, it quickly
> moved to a point where it made a long signal then stopped. I left it
> set for a few minutes in case it was working in the background. When I
> was satisfied it was stopped, I shut down the computer and booted
> again. This time I opened the boot menu and attempted to open the
> computer using the second choice. It is not repair, perhaps restore,
> but I can't remember the word, but it is not the regular opening it is
> the one you would use it attempt repair. In any event, if you are able
> to put the proper name on it, it continued to open until it came to a
> command prompt calling for user and password.
This is ok. It means:
Your video is working, otherwise you would not see anything on the screen.
However, your X is screwed up, otherwise you would see your graphical
So when you are in "recovery, safe values or whatever it is called",
then when there is a prompt, enter your userid and then your password.
Then you will need to change /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Just to see something on the screen which resembles X, I would search
the string <Driver "nvidia"> and change this to <river "nv">, which is
the opensource nvidia driver. This should give you enough GUI to
continue with your troubleshooting.
The same happened to me yesterday, when I made the mistake to install
nvida 180 from a ppa repo of the newest and greatest and anything was
screwed and I could not get anything to display. I know it was my own
However I am in Intrepid, as you know.
> While I am waiting, I inspected the video card. The long row of teeth
> on the bottom of the card which make contact with the motherboard, one
> of them is about a sixteenth of an inch shorter than all the others. It
> looks like it is broken off at that point. If it happened while the
> card was installed, it may be the reason for the video card failure, if
> that is the problem. It is the third pin from the end. It still looks
> long enough to make contact with the MB, but perhaps not deep enough.
> It does not look right though.
This is how the teeth should look, I guess:
Should one of your card teeth be broken, you can possibly try to use it.
Imho the worst that will possibly happen, will be a nonworking video
card. Anything else will be better. However please make sure that the
broken part of the tooth is removed from the motherboard slot.
Fwiw I never ever managed to physically brake a card, so chances are
your card is ok.
Just let us know how to proceed. If you happen to have a Ubuntu CD, you
might also boot from there. It will most probably be easier for you to
alter the X configuration from the GUI than through the commandline.
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