new video card problems

Ric Moore wayward4now at
Sat Sep 8 04:34:28 UTC 2012

On 09/07/2012 02:06 PM, Bill Stanley wrote:
> On 09/07/2012 11:36 AM, Basil Chupin wrote:
> < snip >
>> You'll find the driver(s) here:
>> but with Ubuntu you need to go thru hoops in order to get a driver from
>> nVidia to work.
>> Why? Because to compile it yourself you need to have a few files
>> installed which are not easy to do in Ubuntu because Ubuntu doesn't like
>> you messing around and doing things for yourself. So, stick with the
>> driver you find in the Additional Drivers menu you see in Ubuntu. It is
>> the one shown there as 'recommended, or some such, and you are asked if
>> you want to Activate it. Activate it and the default nouveau driver will
>> be replaced.
>> However, if you really and truly want to compile your own and be
>> up-to-date then look here:
>> BC
> I tried "Additional drivers" and I got some nonsense. It said...
> *****
> Downloading package indexes failed, please check your network status.
> Most drivers will not be available.
> *****
> The nonsense is that my network is running just fine!   What's that all
> about?  By the way, it proceeded to do a search (presumably of the
> network) and found nothing.  It looks like I might have to install those
> drivers manually.  Before I try to do so, is there anything else I can
> try?  It's funny that Doug said he had the same video card and it worked
> just fine.  Was Doug's video card in his computer at install time? Maybe
> the difference is that I am trying to install new video card drivers.

Maybe it's in a jam since you have an old /etc/X11/xorg.conf file? You 
might try renaming it to xorg.conf.orig and then reboot. Without an 
xorg.conf file, it should go into rescue mode, since there is no other 
video setup or wrong nvidia driver running and from there jockey might 
actually do it's job. It has pretty much always worked for me. Others 
will have similar ideas so before you pull the plug, see what comes up 
before the end of the weekend. Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.

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