new video card problems

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Fri Sep 7 02:56:06 UTC 2012

On 07/09/12 11:38, Ric Moore wrote:


> As you can see, I had three options, and none of them were �in use.� 
> So I just ran:
> $ sudo jockey-text -e xorg:nvidia-185
> Now, a listing shows me this:
> $ sudo jockey-text -l
> xorg:nvidia-173 - NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (Proprietary, 
> Disabled, Not in use)
> xorg:nvidia-185 - NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (Proprietary, 
> Enabled, In use)
> xorg:nvidia-96 - NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (Proprietary, 
> Disabled, Not in use)
> I let it do its thing, and things were back to normal! I don�t know 
> why, by default, my install had an unusable desktop, since I figured 
> some other drivers would have been there,

On some systems, mine included, the gui won't work - even if you have 
the default nouveau driver installed - unless you have the correct 
nVidia driver for that card AND (especially) the version of the kernel 
installed. Without the right driver you will get dumped into command 
line mode. (In my case, I also always compile my own nVidia driver 
downloaded from nVidia site - the latest driver being 304.37.)

When this happens, one way out is to boot into safe mode then go to your 
settings and install/compile the nVidia driver. Or do what you suggested 

> but this is a quick fix from the command line for anyone who needs it, 
> when a GUI is completely unavailable.
> -----------------------------
> You'll want the highest number -l reports, I think... Ric
> Your old /etc/X11/xorg.conf should work. Make sure it hasn't been 
> overwritten, as it should show within it: driver: nvidia. If not then 
> you should have an xorg.conf.orig or xorg.conf~ file. Check them for 
> having the driver correctly set and then copy the file that does to 
> xorg.conf. Reboot. You should be good to go. Ric


Using openSUSE 12.2 x86_64 KDE 4.9.1 & kernel 3.5.3-1 on a system with-
AMD FX 8-core 3.6/4.2GHz processor
16GB PC14900/1866MHz Quad Channel Corsair "Vengeance" RAM
Gigabyte AMD3+ m/board; Gigabyte nVidia GTX550Ti 1GB DDR5 GPU

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