new video card problems

Bill Stanley bstanle at
Fri Sep 7 14:32:04 UTC 2012

On 09/06/2012 10:56 PM, Basil Chupin wrote:
> On 07/09/12 11:38, Ric Moore wrote:

[ snip ]

> 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
> above.
>> 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
> BC

Thanks for reminding me about recovery mode.  I now have the GUI up but 
running in low resolution failsafe mode.  I tried to update the drivers 
the "additional drivers" could not find the needed drivers from Nvidia. 
  How do I contact Nvidia, find and install the needed video card drivers?

Bill Stanley

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