new video card problems

NoOp glgxg at
Fri Sep 7 19:25:37 UTC 2012

On 09/06/2012 05:37 PM, Bill Stanley wrote:
> I just upgraded my video card from a Nvidia 420 with 512 MB of video ram 
> to a new Nvidia GTX550Ti with 2 GB of video ram.  I dual boot and 
> Widnows uses this card OK (this rules out hardware problems) but I can't 
> get the GUI running when I boot to Linux.  I am dumped into the command 
> line and since I am not as proficient with the command line, I do not 
> know what commands I have to use to get the new video card to run.  Of 
> course, without the GUI, I also can't visit the usual help sites.
> Since they are both Nvidia cards, I didn't expect much problems and 
> hopefully it isn't much of an issue.  Could it be the 2GB of video RAM?
> Please let me know what CLI commands will get the GUI up and running.

You need the nvidia 304.43 drivers:
To get that in Precise you'll need to enable the Proposed repository if
you haven't already.

While in the cli, please provide the output of:
$ apt-cache policy nvidia-current-updates
$ apt-cache policy nvidia-current

Actually just the first 4 lines of those two will do:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 304.43-0ubuntu0.1
  Version table:
     304.43-0ubuntu0.1 0

$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list | grep proposed

Also try Jockey (cli) and see if it offers you the 304 driver:

$ sudo jockey-text

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