new video card problems

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Sat Sep 8 15:18:56 UTC 2012

On 08/09/12 14:27, Ric Moore wrote:
> On 09/07/2012 11:36 AM, Basil Chupin wrote:
>> On 08/09/12 00:32, Bill Stanley wrote:
>>> 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
>> 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:
> The problem being is that Ubuntu decides where library stuff should go 
> and nVidia has their own ideas. Not saying who's right or wrong, but 
> the lib files from each are in different locations. If you are going 
> to install the nVidia drivers directly from nVidia then you need to 
> remove all Ubuntu nvidia and nouvaou deb packages (and probably 
> OpenGL) first. They conflict with the run file you're about to 
> install. It gets a little weird, but that method does work. Ric

I have to go with what you say because of ignorance on my part but I can 
add this which is that nVidia don't have a driver which is labeled "for 
ubuntu" or "for openSUSE" or "for fedora", etc. It's a *.run file which 
you execute (sh NVIDIA*.run) and it installs the driver.


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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