Ubuntu :: Unable To Boot After Nvidia Driver Install?
Mar 4, 2010
This is my first day with Umbuntu and my first post here at the forums. I bought a Dell Pentium 4 with a fresh install of Umbuntu 9.10 on it. Worked well until I decided to do something a newbie shouldn't do and install a graphics card and drivers. The graphics card worked just fine until the drivers were installed and I tried to reboot the system. Now it no longer boots. Some specifics for you.
Since my time with Ubuntu is limited to hours, the nomenclature will probably be wrong. But I will try to get the point across. The card is a EVGA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra. On first start up with this card the computer functioned fine. I went to a place where you could change the screen options. There were three selections and I don't remember the names (idiot that I am). I selected the middle one. The OS stated that in order to utilize all the capabilities of nvidia graphics cards blah, blah, blah, a driver would need to be downloaded and activated. No name, just a driver. OK, do it (sounds kinda windows like). The download seemed to go OK, but now I needed to reboot to activate the driver.
Now: Ubuntu logo comes up. Screen goes to a text screen that says:
Ubuntu 9.10 dave-ubuntu tty1
This screen flashes and does not take input from the keyboard or mouse. Next, I removed the graphics card and used the on-board graphics. Same result with faster flashing. What have I done? Apparently Ubuntu and Linux in general don't have a system recovery option? I read something about the GRUB menu, but the system flasher GRUB loading for half a second and then is on to locking up. I can't seem to get to a GRUB menu. What a way to finish the day.
I installed openSuSE 11.2 three days ago, the first time, and have been trying to get the nvidia video driver to work ever since. So far, no luck. I have a dual-boot system with Windows 2k (legacy programs) and the graphics card works fine there, so the problem isn't hardware related. The nv driver also works under 11.2, but not well.The graphics card is a GeForce 6200, and the computer is an old Tyan Thunder S2885 with dual Opteron processors. I'm in 64 bit mode for the Linux install.
I've tried installing the video drivers by:Doing a fresh install, loading in the nvidia repository, then doing online update. The two nvidia drivers were loaded (nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-desktop and x11-video-nvidiaG02), but when I tried to reboot I end up with a blank screen and no sync to the monitor (Hitachi SuperScan Elite 751 CRT type). Rebooting in safe mode brings up the nv driver, which works. Doing a fresh install, doing online update,then loading in the nvidia repository, refreshing it, and installing the same two RPMs . . . with the same result. Doing a fresh install and using the "one click" install from this web site. Same result.
Doing a fresh install, doing online update, selecting the pattern "Linux Kernel Development" and installing it, downloading the Nvidia installer NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-190.53-pkg2.run and installing it. Same result.
Same as above, but then using Sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia, even though Sax is depreciated. Same result. I've tried modprobe nvidia. Nothing. Over the last two days I've probably tried several other iterations as well, and forgot them, but nothing worked, it's always the same result.
Another weirdness, when I have YaST do "Hardware Information" it has no trouble identifying the monitor a getting it's info, but when I click the Display icon on the panel it tells me that it can't identify the monitor.
Here's the basic system info:
Directory: /home/BillyDoc/Desktop Tue Feb 16 09:21:23 CST 2010 BillyDoc@linux-k7w3:~/Desktop> lsmod | grep nvidia nvidia 9647368 0 BillyDoc@linux-k7w3:~/Desktop> su
I'm definitely a novice to this sort of thing, and at this point I haven't a clue what's going on. It looks like the nvidia driver get's installed alright, but X simply doesn't know it's there. Oh, and another thing. When I go into YaST to look for the "Graphics Card and Monitor" program . it's missing! I assume this is because Sax is depreciated, but what's the substitute?
I was recently able to obtain a new laptop at work. Rather than reinstalling the OS, reconfiguring all of the software, and then copying over all of my data from my old laptop -- I decided to try to use dd to clone my drive. It worked pretty darn well (thanks Saikee!). However, I have two problems that I have noticed so far:
1) The system does not seem to offer me the option to install the proprietary nvidia driver. I was able to manually install the nvidia-glx-180 package and then edit xorg.conf appropriately and I'm running with the nvidia driver now. So this problem is resolved (though I still find it odd it didn't even offer my the "restricted hardware drivers" option in System -> Administration).
2) Wireless is not working. I checked dmesg and it doesn't seem to have any errors in it. Here is a list of things I have checked/found which I think might be relevant:
- Oddly enough it seems that my wired device always gets renamed from eth0 to eth1, and my wireless device gets renamed from wlan0 to wlan1. I'm not sure why (though I would prefer them to be eth0 and wlan0).
- dmesg output looks good shows some message about the wlan1 link not being ready
bmayes@bdmlin:~$ dmesg | grep wlan [ 10.915831] udev: renamed network interface wlan0 to wlan1 [ 185.179556] bridge-wlan0: peer interface wlan0 not found, will wait for it to come up [ 185.179559] bridge-wlan0: attached
After upgrading kernel package to 2.6.32-5 NVIDIA installation gave me ERROR:Unable to load the kernel module 'nvidia.ko'. This happens most frequently when this kernel module was built against the wrong or improperly configured kernel sources, with a version of gcc that differs from the one used to build the target kernel, or if a driver such as rivafb/nvidiafb is present and prevents the NVIDIA kernel module from obtaining ownership of the NVIDIA graphics device(s), or NVIDIA GPU installed in this system is not supported by this NVIDIA Linux graphics driver release.
So after getting around the Fakeraid bug, and the grub bug, and all the other bugs killing my system fixed and then i moved on to install my video driver. There was nothing in Administration>Hardware Drivers, so i downloaded the latest driver for my two 8600m gt cards. Did the whole ctrl+alt+f2 and then stopping xserver and then running the driver install only to run into yet another damn bug(see log below)
I have tried fixing it by doing what other threads have said to do e.g:[URL] still nothing. Below is the Nvidia log.
I had installed Ubuntu 10.10 and there was a dim spot on the left side of the monitor. I could move the window to the right, but anything on the left was dim, and if I set the window to full screen, the whole screen went dim. I was able to find a fix online, I followed the instructions, and Voila! It was fixed, so I knew it was not a hardware issue. I installed 11.04, and have the same dim screen issue, but I can't find the instructions that fixed it last time. I tried to download and install the latest driver from NVIDIA, and I get this error:
ERROR: You appear to be running an X server; please exit X before installing. For further details, please see the section INSTALLING THE NVIDIA DRIVER in the README available on the Linux driver download page at www.nvidia.com. If anyone has any fix for the dim screen
I realize that many have had the issue of getting a black screen when booting up. I'm posting because I've tried a couple fixes that I read after doing a search and haven't had any luck yet. I have the 64-bit 10.04 installed on my netbook and my issue surfaced after installing the current nVidia accelerated graphics driver. Following the install ubuntu now boots to a black screen and nothing more. 'nomodeset' only allows me to boot ubuntu in low-graphics mode (which I'm in now) and this fix hasn't produced a solution either: [URL]..64&postcount=9 My netbook has nVidia ION2 graphics with an integrated as well as a discreet graphics card (Intel GMA3150 and NVIDIA GT21
since i installed nvidia proprietary driver on opensuse 11.3 my boot-image is gone. This is not really in issue but i would like to have it back. is there a way to get it back or a bootimage howto or something?
I installed the nvidia driver from the official repository for openSUSE 11.3 and now everything works perfectly, except i get a verbose splash screen after the grub menu.It has worked after i upgraded from 11.2. In my menu.lst it already says splash=silent.If you want more information, please ask, because i don't know where to look or what to show you (i'm fairly new to linux in general).
i just upgraded to the latest nvidia 8 series driver, i downloaded from the nvidia site. After i installed the driver, i reboot and it booted into the console login screen with no GUI. how do i get back into the GUI.
It is important to mention that initially Fedora did see the cards and I was able to set up a dual monitor system. It right was after I enable SLI and PhysX and re-booting into Linux that the problem showed up.
I have seen this issue before in another machine with an ASUS board, but not until today I associated with the SLI setup. My guess is that there has to be something that the driver is enabling in the cards that messes up the interface between the nvidia.ko module and the kernel, but I don't know what may fix it. I need this system for some numerical calculations.
Im new to linux. Im trying to install 11.4 on my desktop. When i try to run the live CD (GNOME) .. after loading the kernel, the screen with just a progressbar appears and the screen crashes, as in some parts of it goes black.. Although, i can install it perfectly, when the OS boots the same kinda screen appears and crashes My system config- intel i7-870 4 core 4GB RAM nVidia GeForce 9800GT 1GB i need to get rid of windows fast.
Only about 1.5 weeks into Linux guys so bear with me. I'm trying to uninstall the Nouveau driver and install NVIDIA-Linux-x86-71.86.14-pkg1.run for my old Nvidia TNT2 card. Following these directions I run into a problem in the first step. When I execute the Ctrl+Alt+F1 command and get:
Ubuntu 10.10 splat-desktop tty1 splat-desktop login: if I enter splat which I believe is my username and the correct p/w I get an incorrect login response.
Can do nothing with the PC. New install of 10.04 and was prompted to install Nvidia driver. Did so. Rebooted, now have nothing except a thin line at top of screen. How can I remove this driver when I see nothing?
I just performed a clean install of Kubuntu Lucid earlier this week after deciding it was time to upgrade from Hardy. Pretty much everything worked, until I attempted to install the proprietary NVIDIA driver.
OS details: Kubuntu 10.04 x64 Kernel 184.108.40.206.What happened when I tried to install the proprietary nvidia-current package was simply that it didn't work. I could open the nvidia utility, it would say the driver was not in use. Attempts to force the issue by running nvidia-xconfig would render the X server unable to start, which gave me some quality time in a shell console with APT or restoring the xorg.conf file from backup. Trying to compile and install the driver from nvidia also wasn't working out so well.
I think the issue boiled-down to the install presumably attempting to upgrade the kernel during initial install from CD, but not doing so completely. I had all the appropriate 220.127.116.11 kernel and header packages, but GRUB was apparently still booting to the 18.104.22.168 kernel (which had no headers or anything) and not giving options to boot to the upgraded kernel.
How I fixed this was to remove all packages related to the 22.214.171.124 kernel via APT, then remove all the 126.96.36.199 kernel packages. That second operation triggered the 188.8.131.52 kernel to be reinstalled, and GRUB to be configured correctly to boot to it. At that point, I reinstalled nvidia-current, and it worked. I tried this after determining I was on the 184.108.40.206 kernel, and had no option to boot to the 220.127.116.11 one.
Your mileage may vary. In retrospect, I probably could've fixed it by fixing GRUB to boot to the current kernel. This appears to be a consistent issue, as I reinstalled at one point, just to start over, and went through the same thing again.
I suspect the driver I obtained from the nvidia website and patched (due to issues it has with recent kernels) might work now that I'm booting to the correct kernel with headers, but I think I'll save that for another time since nvidia-current is working great for me at the moment.
I recently reinstalled Debian on my desktop to migrate to 64-bit. Everything was working swimmingly before but I've encountered a bizarre error i have never seen before. After installing the Nvidia driver and rebooting when X comes up it complains it cant find any screens. However, if I kill X and start it again it starts with no issues. I also have an odd message at startup which might be part of the problem as well.I'm running Debian Testing AMD64 with and Nvidia 9800 GTX+. I compiled 18.104.22.168 for the install.
For what its worth the Nvidia module is showing up for lsmod so I don't really know what is wrong. I have tried reinstalling the nvidia driver as well which didn't help. The error message during bootup is:
Now, i had an ATI Radeon x1950 and was using the open-source drivers with Fedora 11 and worked fine apart from maximum resolution was 1024x768. So knowing that Nvidia's Linux support was far superior i shelved out on a new GPU the GeForce 9500GT. I tried "yum install kmod-nvidia" - restarted and then the system loads using the nouveo drivers... So i blacklisted the nouveo drivers and changed the xorg.conf file to use the nvidia driver. Restarted, now its using the vesa driver! Blacklisted the vesa driver and after restarting its still picking up the vesa driver! So... i then head to nvidia's site, download the latest driver from there, shut down X-Server, installed them, restarted..... and still using the blumin vesa drivers!
I recently installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my Emachine Er1402-05, Wireless works fine, but not the grahics Emachine Er1402-05 has a nVidia GeForce 8200 graphics card. The problem is that after installation it only support resolution upto 1024x768, while my LCD has native resolution at 1600x900. I have installed the most recent nvidia driver $sudo apt-get install nvidia-current However, I was not able to config it:
$ sudo nvidia-xconfig sudo: nvidia-xconfig: command not found
I was not able to install the package.
$ sudo apt-get install nvidia-xconfig Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package nvidia-xconfig
I installed the Nvidia driver for the on board GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a the "Debian way", according to this link Debian Nvidia Howto. The problem is that the only available screen resolutions are 640x480 & 320x240 and I need something more like 1024x768. The driver is installed correctly, or at least is properly recognized, as in Nvidia Xserver settings, GPU0 appears as GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a.
..only causes gdm not to start.On my Ubuntu partition, I have working the proprietary Nvidia driver (file: NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-260.19.36.run), and have had no problems from it at all. I was going to install this same driver onto Debian when I read several pages advising to go the "Debian way".
I have been unable to find a driver for my nvidia geforce2 mx400. It's running in failsafe graphics mode. Does anyone know what I need to do to make it work? I'm a linux beginner, so please avoid jargon.
I was running Fedora 13 on my old computer with a nvidia Geforce FX 5200 graphics card using the nvidia-173xx driver from fusion. After upgrading to Fedora 14 (the first day of its release) the X server wasn't working anymore, the screen just froze up after the progress bar. With Alt+F4 I "moved" to text mode and gave the startx command, but I got the fatal error message that there was no usable configuration detected. I deleted the xorg.conf file and afterwards I was able to start X again. I use the nouveau driver now, but it doesn't nearly work as good as the nvidia-173xx driver. I have it installed, but when I try to activate it (by running nvidia-xconfig as root) the X server doesn't work again after restart, and I have to do the same thing all over again.
In Fedora 13 with the kernel version of 22.214.171.124-56.fc13.x86_64, the NVidia driver of the version 256.53 was installed from rpmfusion repository. Everything works fine except for one problem: the brightness cannot be controlled from the power management programs in either KDE or Gnome. In Gnome, the scroll bar of brightness disappears, and, in KDE, the scroll bar cannot be dragged.
Since the computer with Fedora 13 and NVidia driver installed is Dell Studio One 19 (All-in-One computer) which has no hardware buttons to control screen display options at all, there is no other way to adjust the brightness of computer screen. The BIOS of the computer doesn't include an option to adjust screen brightness either. Since screen brightness is set at the maximum level when the computer is turned on, it is not possible to continue using the computer for a continuous period of time due to eyesight protection. Strangely enough, both the Nouveau driver included in xorg-x11-drv-nouveau 0.0.16-8.20100423git13c1043 from Xorg 7.4 and the driver included in the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental 7.8.1 support brightness adjustment without any glitches.
I'm in the live CD right now trying to figure out what to do. When I first got into Ubuntu, it asked me to install nVidia drivers, so I did. Afterwards, it said I needed to restart my computer to finish installation, but when upon getting past the bootloader, my screen hangs on "Assuming drive cache: write through". I found this post: [URL] but the terminal commands didn't help and I can't find /etc/xorg.cfg even if I show hidden files. I've added a picture of the screen I get when I try to boot up, so maybe someone can tell me what to do to get back into Ubuntu. I would like to be able to get back without having to reinstall, if possible.
I have recently installed ubuntu desktop i386 10.10 on my laptop (Saony vaio VPCF137HG) as a dual boot. When it first started it worked perfectly, but when I installed the nvidia driver (For a nvidia Geforce 425M GPU) it came to the purple screen (Pic of screen) and no further. It doesn't respond to any commands and would not go any further, even after 40 mins!
I am a new user of Fedora 11. I am a Ubuntu user and could not get my GeForce 9100 on board graphics to work on my new computer with out crashing my computer so I decided I would try fedora. I downloaded the driver from NVidia and I am attempting to install it (Fedora didn't automatically find the driver). I get the following message: "Error Unable to find the system utility 'ld'; Please make sure you have the 'binutils' installed. If you do have the bin utils installed, then please check that 'ld' is in your PATH." I am running the driver from $Download as root. I don't know what ld or bin utils is or the check if I have it or if it is in my PATH.