X won't start at boot with NVidia driver

Ed Greshko Ed.Greshko at greshko.com
Tue Feb 5 01:00:16 UTC 2008

Ed Jabbour wrote:
> On Monday 04 February 2008 4:40 pm Sven Richter wrote:
>> Am Montag 04 Februar 2008 19:43:19 schrieb Ed Jabbour:
>>> Running kubuntu 7.10 on an HP laptop.  I downloaded the proper driver
>>> from the Nvidia site and it installed with no error messages.  I ran
>>> startx and no problems.  However, at a reboot, X would not start - screen
>>> not found. I edited xorg.conf to load the vesa driver and got X.  The
>>> NVidia driver will not run correctly until I delete a number of libnvidia
>>> .so files and a few others from the /usr/lib directory.  It then installs
>>> and startx works, but not at reboot.  The same process over and over.
>>> Any hints, pointers, etc appreciated.
>> I had the same problem with the old nvidia binary 1.0x49 iirc.
>> After booting i had to kill kdm, rmmod nvidia and the modprobe nvidia
>> again.
>> Aftwards x could be started.
>> I assume i messed up some things cause i tried the drivers from
>> the repos.
>> Then in installed the new binary driver 169.09 and the problem was fixed.
> Yes, that's the same run package I used.  I tried the nvidia-new-glx and a 
> bunch of other stuff - that didn't work either.  So I ran the 169.09 package, 
> removed all the nvidia stuff manually, etc. as above.  I don't dare shut down 
> this machine, though.   Should I have "nvidia" in /etc/modules?  From where 
> are modules loaded at boot, anyway?

When you have problems such as this the first place to look is 
/var/log/Xorg.0.log.  It will normally give you a good idea of what when 
wrong.  Not a great idea to delete files and such till you know the root 
cause.  But, maybe you looked in the log and just didn't post the errors...

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