HP DV9540 laptop AMD64 with nVidia G8400M graphic card will not start in X mode

James Takac p3nndrag0n at gmail.com
Fri Aug 24 04:03:52 UTC 2007

On Friday 24 August 2007 13:16:12 Niels Larsen wrote:
> I just bought a HP DV9540 laptop with nVidia G8400M graphic card.
> I have tried to install both kubuntu and ubuntu, both i386 and amd64, but
> they all ended up with a black screen - it sounded as the install was ok.
> I succeded to install in debian etch, both amd64 and i386, but also there I
> could not get X (KDE) to work.
> I got: Fatal server error: no screens found
> Then I installed newest nvidia driver from:
> http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_amd64_100.14.11.html
> and I got it to work once, then I got segmentation 11 fault.
> Now I have installed debian etch i386, but did not succeed in geting the
> nvidia newest driver to work from:
> http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_ia32_100.14.11.html
> However I installed, with "module-assistant", nvidia-kernel, and nvidia-glx
> is installed, but it only works with a "vesa" driver, and the screen looks
> awful.
> :-?

Hi Neils

I have a similar card and had to use the enny script to install the nvidia 
driver. You'll likely need to uninstall the current one before using envy 
though. You can find it at


If by chance this one works for you, you may well have to edit 
your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to get resolutions greater than 1024x768


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