Ultimate Edition 2.8 need some help...

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jul 12 17:21:26 UTC 2010

On 07/12/2010 08:20 AM, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 12 July 2010 15:13, Larry <snipped> wrote:
>> So when eachone I have tried it loads up, which brings me to the login
>> prompt, but no GUI, so this is my question, how can I start up what
>> every I need like startx or start gdm, none seem to work...
> Try booting from a live CD, such as an Ubuntu install CD or Knoppix,
> and *carefully* going into your hard disk and looking for

He's getting to the terminal via the recovery mode boot. Booting from a
liveCD should not be necessary.

> /etc/X11/xorg.conf
> and renaming it to
> /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old
> Then reboot and remove the CD. This should make the graphical
> subsystem reset to defaults and then you can carefully reconfigure it.
> For the proprietary nVidia drivers, always use the *latest* ones that
> will work with your card.

That seems to be his problem... he loaded the latest one:
$ apt-cache policy nvidia-96
  Installed: 96.43.17-0ubuntu1
  Candidate: 96.43.17-0ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 96.43.17-0ubuntu1 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/restricted
GPUs ranging from GeForce series 2 (except for GeForce2 GTS/GeForce2
Pro, GeForce2 Ti and GeForce2 Ultra) to Geforce series 7 are supported.
He has a GeForce4 MX 440.

@Larry: from the recovery mode boot, when you get to the login screen go
ahead an login using your regular username and password.

Rename xorg.conf, but make sure that you don't already have an
'xorg.conf.old' - I'd bet that you do.

$ cd /etc/X11
$ ls xorg*

Look at the files. Now rename xorg.conf - here is one that I'm pretty
sure you will not already have. But even if it is, the '-i' in the
command will prompt you if the file already exists and give you a chance
to abort[1]:

$ sudo mv -i /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/x-xorg.conf.wasworking-x

That will rename xorg.conf and move it out of the way.

Now you can try two things: 1) reboot now to see if you can now log in
via the gui/gdm without any xorg.conf[2], or 2) go ahead and generate
the nvidia xorg.conf that you will need to run the card anyway. You can
always do #2 after #1 if you wish.

To do #2:

$ sudo nvidia-xconfig
$ sudo reboot

[1] Using the 'mv' command without the '-i' will overwrite a filename
that already exists without notifying you. So for example, if you
already had an xorg.conf.old (and you want to keep it), the command:
$ sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old
would immediately overwrite your old 'xorg.conf.old'. Not a good thing
if you wish to keep the file. So add the '-i' in the command and 'mv'
will prompt you first that you are about to overwrite 'xorg.conf.old'.
The '-i' stands for interactive (see 'man mv'):
-i, --interactive
              prompt before overwrite

[2] after reboot you'll still need to do #2 in order to get the nvidia
card to work properly.

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