[xubuntu-users] No video, only console after upgrade from 10.10 to 11.04

Chuck Bearden cfbearden at gmail.com
Wed Sep 7 17:13:06 UTC 2011

On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 12:07 PM, Charlie Kravetz
<cjk at teamcharliesangels.com> wrote:
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> On Wed, 7 Sep 2011 11:42:36 -0500
> Chuck Bearden <cfbearden at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I finally got around to upgrading to 11.04 today, via the button in
>> the upgrade manager. It all seemed to go smoothly, except that when I
>> rebooted, I landed at the tty console. tty1-6 are all console login
>> screens, and tty7 has the notices from the boot ("Starting Tomcat
>> servlet engine" "Checking battery state" e.g.).
>> If I start gdm, I get a message
>>   gdm start/running, process <pid>
>> but no graphical session. 'gdm-binary' does appear in the output of 'ps'.
>> My graphics card is an nVidia G68 [Quadro NVS 290] based on the output
> Something I found by accident is that sometimes, when upgrading, you
> have to remove or rename /etc/X11/xorg.conf to be able to get to the
> desktop. Then you must reinstall the hardware video driver, which will
> rebuild the xorg.conf file. Reinstall it using System -> Additional
> Drivers or Settings -> Additional Drivers, depending on which one is in
> the menu for that release.

Thanks for the suggestion. Another user mentioned removing the xorg.conf
file. I'll have to figure out how to reinstall the hardware driver without
the support of the graphical interface. I suppose I can use dpkg to figure
out what's installed and just reinstall all of it.

I did search the Ubuntu forums, but somehow I missed that suggestion.


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