Trying to install nvidia drivers on
Dual Core Athlon 64 4600+
M2N Mobo with 2 GB RAM
256 MB 8400 GS nVIDIA PCIe card and a Dell E172FPi Flatscreen monitor.
Mint Elyssa kernel 126.96.36.199 generic
And keep up ending here
At this point I can not press ALT CTRL and F1 (or any of the other Fs) nor can I press CTRL ALT Backspace.
The mouse moves , the sound works but the only way to get past this is to press reboot. Nothing else will get me anywhere.
So far I have tried, enabling 3rd Party drivers - See screen above
Envy , all 3 driver versions, see screen above
All 3 solutions here
Ron Overdrive wrote:Ok there's 3 ways you can do this.
1) type "sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx-new" and this will install nVidia 169.12 as version 173.14.05 is still extremely new and isn't in the Ubuntu repositories.
2) Install Envy-NG and use that to install the driver. Keep in mind Envy-NG does NOT yet support installing the latest nVidia driver (173.14.05).
3) This is more tedious, but will allow you to install the latest version till Envy-NG is updated:
In your terminal run "sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia-glx nvidia-settings nvidia-glx-legacy" without the quotes. This will purge all existing drivers on your system. While in your terminal run "sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential gcc xserver-xorg-dev pkg-config" again without the quotes. This will install all necessary packages for the nVidia installer.
Reboot your machine. When GRUB loads hit escape and choose the latest kernel you have with the Safe Mode option. If prompted what you want to choose Root. Now type "runlevel --set=3" without the quotes. Now run "pico /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common" and edit the following line to look like this: DISABLED_MODULES="nv nvidia-new". Now use the cd command to get to where you saved nVidia installer. Then type "sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.05-pkg1.run" (assuming you're installing 173.14.05). Follow the prompts and let the installer configure your xconfig. Reboot using "shutdown -r now" and it should boot up.
Now keep in mind because we're installing it using the nVidia installer and not the repository's version, every time there is a kernel update you will need to reboot your machine into safe mode, set the runlevel to 3, and then re-run the nVidia installer to update for the new kernel. Hope this helps.
See screen above.
And a few other attempts from the Ubuntu forum as well.
I have edited linux-restricted-modules , xorg.conf and a few others , with gedit vi and pico
I have been at terminal prompts , runlevels and root prompts for the best part of a day and am finally at my wits end.
Now I know this card works because it was working up until last night in 1280 by 960 resolution.
Even running WoW under wine at close on 100fps. And then I borked it all
So please can someone put me out of my misery and tell me what I am missing here ?
And lastly , why oh why is it so blimming difficult to get an nVIDIA card working in Linux, nVIDIA even supply drivers - or maybe that is half the problem ?
Anyway thanks in advance