Ubuntu Multimedia :: Unable To Set Nvidia Drivers - Dual Monitor Without Proprietary Drivers?
Apr 8, 2010
I have been using ubuntu for quite a long time, and for the first time, I am now unable to set nvidia drivers to work. I have just install ubuntu 9.10 amd64 on an AMD 64 athlong X2 with a GEForce 6500 nvidia card.
The only reason I need the proprietary drivers is to use two monitors.
I am going crazy, I have tested everything I have found on the web. I have tried all the nvidia drivers version, I have tried envyng, ... but nvidia do not work!!
I am trying Xinerama with nv, but it does not work either!!!
Here is my xorg.conf file in which I have tried to use nv driver to set dual monitor. X fails to load and it says that screen 0 is deleted, that devices are found but there are no matches in the config file. Any clue?
I installed Xubuntu the other night (completely wiped machine) and started doing all the updates on it. After a couple of reboots, I changed from the proprietary drivers, to the regular nVidia drivers. After doing this, the startup logo is displayed at a really low resolution. Is there a simple fix to change this and use the nVidia drivers as well?
I have openSUSE 11.4 with standard KDE and two screens attached.Here's the question: How do I configure dual monitors when using the proprietary nVidia drivers?The openSUSE 11.4 installation put in the "nouveau" drivers for my nVidia card and I was able to configure dual monitors using KDE's Configure Desktop --> Display & Monitors GUI configurator. I could also set up dual monitors using a script based on xrandr (e.g. "xrandr --output VGA-1 --auto --pos 0x0 --output DVI-I-1 --auto --pos 1920x0")My screens are detected as VGA-1 and DVI-I-1 by the nouveau drivers.
OK, today I switched to the proprietary nVidia drivers. Only one of the screens is now detected and displayed in the KDE monitor configurator and that's marked as "default" rather than as a VGA or DVI connection.When I run xrandr to configure monitors, I get error messages if I refer to VGA or DVI hardware.
More info -- RPMs nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-desktop-260.19.36_k18.104.22.168_1.2-23.1.x86_64 x11-video-nvidiaG02-260.19.36-24.1.x86_64
Thought I'd put this together based on what I just did as it's hard to find a place where you get complete info in one place for this topic.
Not taking any credit as it's just piecing together stuff found on the net.
Of course this is for my specific hardware and system so YMMV: - Palit Sonic GT 240 card - Lucid 10.04.1 64-bit - Intel DG33FB board and E7200 CPU - LG monitor L194WT at 1440x900 res
Reason for choosing the latest NVidia drivers instead of the ones available from the System > Administration > Hardware Drivers option is that the latest ones contain specific fixes for my card, that are not available in the others.
All of the following is based on a freshly installed 64-bit Lucid 10.04.1 system. Some actions may need modification if you have already been tinkering with Nvidia drivers.
1. Backup your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file if any. The default clean install of 64-bit Lucid 10.04.1 doesn't create this file so unless you have generated and modified the xorg.conf file for your specific needs, skip this.
2. Install the following packages
If this doesn't work, run
And paste the output of that in the command above so you get, say
3. Remove the following packages using Synaptic's 'Completely Remove' option - nvidia-173-modaliases - nvidia-96-modaliases - nvidia-current-modaliases - nvidia-common
4. Create a new text file disable-nouveau.conf in the directory /etc/modprobe.d/ with the following contents
5. Download the latest NVidia drivers applicable to your card from here:[url]
6. Save the downloaded file (e.g. NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-260.19.29.run in my case) to an easily accessible location like your home folder. Make this file executable by running, say
7. Check that the driver was correctly downloaded.
8. Run Update Manager, Check for updates and Apply any found
1. Restart and choose the recovery option from the Grub options list.
2. Choose the Root Shell option in the list of options presented subsequently.
3. At the root shell run the following
If you skip this, the driver installer will inform you of the need to do this.
4. This will present you with a login prompt. Login with your admin username and password.
5. Navigate to the folder where the driver installer is present and run it, like
6. Accept the license text.
7. Say Yes to installing the 32-bit Open GL drivers.
8. I think you need to say Yes/ Accept once more time to initiate the driver installation.
9. Once the driver is installed it will ask you whether it should configure xorg.conf for you, say Yes. This will create the xorg.conf file if not present in your system and modify an existing one if present.
10. Back at the prompt, shutdown the system
11. Restart and use the normal startup option in the Grub options list, if all goes well you should see your beautiful desktop.
I am trying to install nVidia drivers on CentOS 5.4 and it is requiring kernel-source # lspci | grep VGA 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G98 [GeForce 8400 GS] (rev a1)
For the installation of kernel source, I have followed the steps on [URL]. I followed the steps under 2.1 and they worked for me. Now what can be done for the installation of the kernel-source package. When I am trying to install nVidia drivers, I am getting error, following are lines from installation log of Driver.
-> Tagging shared libraries with chcon -t textrel_shlib_t. -> License accepted. -> Installing NVIDIA driver version 185.18.31. -> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you like the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your kernel from the NVIDIA ftp site [URL]? (Answer: Yes) -> No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site; this means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for your kernel. -> Performing CC sanity check with CC="cc". -> Performing CC version check with CC="cc".
ERROR: Unable to find the kernel source tree for the currently running kernel. Please make sure you have installed the kernel source files for your kernel and that they are properly configured; on Red Hat Linux systems, for example, be sure you have the 'kernel-source' or 'kernel-devel' RPM installed. If you know the correct kernel source files are installed, you may specify the kernel source path with the '--kernel-source-path' command line option.
ERROR: Installation has failed. Please see the file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details. You may find suggestions on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux driver download page at [URL]. I want to install driver.
The nVidia Driver I am installing is: NVIDIA-Linux-x86-185.18.31-pkg1.run # uname -a Linux harvey 2.6.18-194.3.1.el5PAE #1 SMP Thu May 13 13:48:44 EDT 2010 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux Only reason to install the proper driver is to use dual monitor.
I have activated dual screen monitors using the Nvidia driver GUI as Sax2 would not correctly configure it. Now at every boot I get the message "undefined video mode 31a, press [enter] for a list of video modes or [space] to continue. After pressing space the system boots to my liking, how can I get rid of the message at every boot up?
I am using Suse 11.2 and KDE4.3.1 My video card is an Nvidia Geforce 7100 GS I thought I was using the Nvidia drivers as I have a GUI from Nvidia in my launch menu if I search "Nvidia" and I have completed the one-click installation. Although when I go into "My Computer" it says driver unknown.
I'm using an Nvidia Geforce 6x card (can't remember the exact number). When I do not have the proprietary driver enabled, the Ubuntu logo and status bar, as well as various boot up messages, look very nice. They are scaled properly and I'm impressed with how they look. When I do enable the proprietary driver, the screen resolution during boot up is much smaller, and therefore everything looks ugly. The little status bar under the Ubuntu logo suddenly fills up and "freezes." The transition from login screen to desktop is jerky.
Unfortunately if I disable my card, I cannot use desktop effects or even view flash videos in full screen mode. (I'm assuming nouveau still has work to do.) Is there any way I can have proprietary drivers enabled and a nice boot up experience?
After using Arch Linux for a while, I tried Ubuntu 11.04 again. Most of it was a pleasant surprise, except for the nvidia drivers. I currently have the nouveau drivers, but when I activate the nvidia drivers and reboot, it's installed but not in use. I figured I should run nvidia-xconfig (as suggested by nvidia-settings) but that makes my computer boot into a tty. Removing the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file makes it boot in nouveau again.
How do I install the Nvidia drivers? Ive tried the drivers from nvidia.com too, with the same results. I really want to be able to play my games, and nouveau just isnt going to cut it.
I had, with much delight, accomplished a dual boot install of Ubuntu 9.1.0 and Windows 7 the other day and everything was working perfectly fine. However, I decided to activate the proprietary Nvidia drivers that were available in the drivers menu and my system subsequently no longer operates. After installing and rebooting Ubuntu will no longer work and becomes stuck on a black screen with two white dashes in the top right had of the screen.
This hang up occurs directly after the first white Ubuntu logo appears during the startup and the only key that will work during this screen are Crtl + Alt + F1, which only bring up a second black screen except with a solid white dash in the top right screen. At that point no key will work. I have tried to fix things in recovery mode and used envyng to remove the nvidia drivers as well as other operations, however the same result still appears when I try and run Ubuntu. I own a Sony Vaio Z690C if it makes any difference.
I know i know, some will say "eww Proprietary Drivers" but hey, ubunt is all about having more control of the OS. Is there an easy way to install Proprietary Drivers thats not through the hardware drivers option on system?
I have a BIG issue with my fresh Maverick install : when I install proprietary drivers via the graphic utility, either one proposed, the screen resolution is then max in 640x480. But I have hardware acceleration and compiz effects !
I tried, I think, everything. Forcing the resolution in xorg, in monitors.xml, try the newest ones via the ppa, install an older (and used to be working I'm positive) one with .run (which just prevent any graphic display).
As this question pops up quite often on IRC and, as a quick search told me, on this board as well, I decided to put together some directions that, with some or the other variation, also apply to other Linux distributions and have never failed me. The following is confirmed to work for Kubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal 64bit with a NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 and on Kubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal 32bit with a NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT graphics card.
This HowTo will describe how to install the proprietary NVIDIA graphics card drivers using exclusively the command line. I strongly suggest you try this method for a fresh install of graphics drivers before trying any other method, especially a GUI-driven one (I never used a GUI for package management on a Debian-ish system, but I hear that the Ubuntu Software Center supposedly has a way of installing proprietary graphics drivers).
The restricted packages repository should be enabled by default. To the more experienced users: This HowTo uses apt-get for demonstrating the install process. If you prefer using aptitude, feel free to replace the commands accordingly. First steps. As well be doing everything on the command line, first open a terminal application from your desktop environments menu or from a shortcut icon on your panel, if you have one. You should be greeted by a prompt that looks like this:
NOTICE: Some very old nVidia Video Cards from more than 9 years ago might not work with this way, but just try this method because you'll see if there's a driver available for your video card in Fedora or not.
I have been noticing that it was hard to set up my own NVidia video card, and alot of other people shared the same problem as I had. I have been experimenting with some things, and here's what I did to solve it.
It's fairly easy, anyone can do this. Read and follow these instructions:
Install all updates. Although it seems unimportant, it really is.
Go to [url] and follow the instructions to install the free and nonfree repositories
Go to System > Administration > Add/Remove Software
Search the following: nv
Click everything which has to do with NVidia. Do not check the checkboxes yet, but read the descriptions. If you've found your video card in the description, check the checkbox at the left of the title.
Install the drivers by clicking "Apply" at the bottom of your screen.
After installing, go to Applications > System Tools > nVidia Display Settings
Set the properties of your video card, such as TwinView or higher screen resolutions.
After you've set it up, click Apply to preview your settings. Change some settings if you like, and then click Apply when you're done. DO NOT EXIT YET!
Click "Save to X Confguration File, but do NOT save the file. Click "Show preview..." and copy the text in the preview.
Go to Applications > System Tools > Terminal and type "su". Press Enter and enter the root password.
Select all of the text in the document and delete it. Then, paste the text of the "Save X Configuration" window into the text editor.
Exit out of the terminal.
Exit out of the nVidia Display Settings application. Do not save anything from this application.
Log out and log back in to see the changes.
If you want to change some settings, repeat steps 7 - 16.
I have an nVidia GeForce 7600GS with a dual monitor setup. A 19" Dell @ 1280x1024, and a 19" widescreen Acer @ 1440x900. The Dell is attached via DVI, and the resolution is detected properly, and set, but the Acer is connected via VGA, and so the native resolution is unkown to the nvidia control panel. It will only let me set the resolution up to 1024x768. I had it create the xorg.conf file, and i tried to edit it manually, changing its
I've recently jump from the Ubuntu/Mint ship, and figured I've give a polished KDE distribution a shot. Of course I turned to OpenSuSE, and I love it so far. I've resisted KDE quite a lot since 4.x came out but it's really come along. Much better than the (in my opinion) monstrous disaster that Gnome has become.
Anyways, on to my problem: I've installed the proprietary Nvidia drivers via the one-click-install shown in the wiki, and that worked great. But now my resolution at boot - that is the boot/loading screen, not my desktop - is shown at a very low resolution instead of my native resolution, like it was with OpenSuSE's default open-source Nvidia driver, which I'm guessing is Nouveau. On Ubuntu, this was pretty easy to correct; all you had to do was edit /etc/default/grub and put your resolution there, and tinker with some other options so that instead of Plymouth trying to set its own, it just carries over Grub's specified resolution. But I can't seem to do that with OpenSuSE. For one, I don't see /etc/default/grub, and more than that, I don't think you guys use Plymouth. I could be wrong on that second point, though. So, how can I change the boot screen's resolution to my native resolution? I'm using the latest Stable release (11.4) and latest Nvidia drivers. Other than that, the install is new.
When I tried to configure the screen resolution using NVIDIA X server settings, I was told to run 'nvidia-xconfig'. I ran it, restarted X but my resolution is still stuck at the maximum of 1024x768. I've tried running the above many times with the same results. I even tried aptitude reinstalling but still the same.
I am currently running Ubuntu 9.10 on a Compaq Presario V3010US. My video card is an NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 which appears to be running properly with some limitations (missing effects from CompizConfig). While utilizing the "Hardware Drivers" configuration a recommended driver is listed but when I attempt to activate this driver I encounter an error.
This error turns my attention to the log file :
This log file is extensive and I do not wish to post pages of code unless requested. The configuration does however list that "a different driver is in use". I have scoured threads to ensure that I have not posted a question that has been answered to no avail. Please bear in mind that I am in my Linux infancy and my grasp of this incredible operating system is cursory at best.
I just received my laptop this week and have been tweaking my laptop to acquire more stability. I just installed the NVIDIA proprietary drivers for the NVS 3100M chipset and I have a residual windows that wont disappear even after reboot. Even after reinstalling the NVIDIA driver it stays. Is there some way to flush the framebuffer?
For a long time I had a problem with my geforce 6200 with instable signal and where the monitor all of a sudden would say 'no signal'. Moving the connector on the video card would get it back for a while. Bad contact was the conclusion but I found that I could still switch to a console and had a stable signal (so much for that conclusion). Decided to replace it with another nvidia based card (Leadtek Winfast PX8400GS) as that seemed the easiest. Installed it and started the system. After selecting Ubuntu in grub the system starts more or less (I get the walking dots) and (I guess) when the desktop should appear the I get a 'cable not connected' from the monitor; could also not switch to a console
Put old card back, and got similar issues (not being able to switch to console) Booted into recovery mode and disabled the driver; rebooted again and I ended with 1280x1024 resolution (lower resolution was expected); still instable video. Replaced the old card with the new one and it works (stable video, now on 800x600) Checked restricted drivers and they were in use ( ); wanted to 'disable' them but removed them and I don't see a way to get them back. Sorry for this long intro, but tried to be as complete as possible.
So first question: how do I get the restricted drivers back; references on the internet refer the (Synaptic) package manager but I don't see it there; probably blind Other questions might follow as I don't expect it to solve the issue. Any tips in advance are welcome as well (tried to do some research but did not quite find it yet) PS ASUS Motherboard, AMD Athlon 3000, 1GB RAM; running Ubuntu 10.04/64
I have installed Xubuntu 10.04lts, Kubuntu 10.04LTs and Ubuntu 10.04lts because since I replaced my graphic card, I want to see which one of those 3 I like best and keep it. To do this, I need to configure my AGP Saphire HD4650.
Initially, I did not have any xorg.conf, so I went to recovery and created one with X -configure. This allowed to find out I was using Radeon driver from the start.
Then I followed the instruction from link "How To: Configure ATI Radeon HD 4650" but using kdm instead of gdm. Once I get to install the ATI driver ati-driver-installer-10-12-x86.x86_64.run, I get an error message that says to check the /usr/share/ati/fglrx-install.log.
Unloading radeon module... ERROR: Module radeon is in use Unloading drm module... ERROR: Module drm is in use by radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper [Message] Kernel Module : Trying to install a precompiled kernel module.
When ever I install the (recommended) drivers through the "Additional Drivers" interface to run Unity my dual monitor setup does not work. The monitors won't even detect correctly what so ever. Then, when ever I install (more basic?) nVidia drivers through the packet manager, my dual monitors work as planned, but now Unity won't work. What's the deal? Are there any work arounds for this?
i have a viewsonic VA712b monitor that used to get 1280x1024 resolution on my dell optiplex gx260 that had the intel video card.i upgraded my motherboard cpu and memory..the nvidia 6100 that is onboard seems like it would be an improvement to my old onboard intel but the best resolution i can get is 1024x768
i installed the nvidia 185 drivers and it's not recognizing my monitor as a flat panel lcd but as a crt, also it won't set the correct refreshrate - either 60 or 75.. it's set at 50... since xorg 7.4 no longer uses a xorg.conf file.. i'm not sure how to go about manually adjusting the settings to ones that will actually work. i mean other than buying a separate graphics car (URL)
[URL] I just updated and then saw this news , whats the solution for me, I either want to go beta or downgrade, If i try to boot to previous kernel, boot hangs in graphic mode, I cant start X and gdm . How to install kmod with beta drivers? Or whats the solution, nvidia ver: 195.36.08
I need a seperate workspace on each monitor and I use nvidia propriatary graphics drivers (I have a Geforce 9500 GT Graphics Card. It has one dvi port and one vga using both for my monitors.) The only problem is whenever I try to save the settings I apply something like twinview or the seperate x workspaces with the second monitor enabled It applys it but this is what happens in sequence (It may be only twinview that does this but i'm not sure not at my home computer right now):
1.) Picture cuts out to a blank screen on main monitor 2.) Pictures turns on in the second monitor (Its a seperate workspace from the main monitor) 3.) 3 to 5 seconds later the picute cuts out to the second monitor 4.) I'm left with two blank screen monitors and no way to turn the GUI back on other than a complete restart of the computer.
I need help on both of these issues. If it helps any one monitor is a CRT (The one on the right) and the one on the left is an LCD (The LCD is the main one). I also have Ubuntu 9.10 32 bit Karmic Koala if that helps. Lastly I have the latest propriatary graphics driver from nvidia (185 I think.) I also installed the driver from nvidia via Jockey (I think thats the name of the default driver installer for ubuntu..?) That is my situation and as you can tell its a pretty complicated one.
I installed the nvidia proprietary drivers with click-install and everything perfect, I have desktop effects working but the problem is that when you open the config. screen settings to make sure everything was really good, I get to screen unknown April.
The maximum resolution is the correct 1440 * 900 for 19 "but the refresh rate by not recognizing the monitor down to 50hz me and gives me the option to 60hz as it was before installing the nvidia drivers.
Since 2 weeks now i decide to roll back to my favorite Ubuntu OS.Of course i kept the windows for my creative suite of Adobe that i am working on.So, i downloaded and installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and everything went ok.(Even the dual boot with grub).Then i tried to install latest nVidia drivers and after reboot the max.res. i have is 640X480X60Hz. My composition is Intel P4 2.8 --- Gigabyte PE8100 --- GeForce 5700 FX The monitor is Philips CW220 22". I tried many of the guides of Ubuntu forums and some of them made my system unfunctional and some other had no result.
When I go to System>Administration>Hardware Drivers a new window pops up (no proprietary drivers are in use for this system). I click on version 177 and activate, but all that happens is a smaller window comes up (downloading and installing driver) although it never goes over 0% and then quickly disappears without any "changes applied" message.