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System: Host punkthink-desktop Kernel 2.6.28-11-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Distro Linux Mint 7 Gloria - x64 Edition
CPU: Quad core Intel Core2 Extreme X9650 (SMP) cache 6144 KB flags (sse3 lm vmx) bmips 29336
Clock Speeds: (1) 3667.005 MHz (2) 3667.005 MHz (3) 3667.005 MHz (4) 3667.005 MHz
Graphics: Card-1 nVidia GeForce 9800 GT Card-2 nVidia GeForce 9800 GT X.Org 1.6.0 Res firstname.lastname@example.org
GLX Renderer Software Rasterizer GLX Version Yes
Audio: Card Creative Labs SB X-Fi at port b880
Network: Card 2x Realtek RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller driver r8169r8169 at ports c800 d800
Disks: HDD Total Size: 1502.4GB (0.2% used) 1: /dev/sda ST3750630AS 750.2GB 2: /dev/sdb ST3750630AS 750.2GB
3: USB /dev/sdc TD Classic 003B 2.1GB
Partition: ID:/ size: 666G used: 3.0G (1%) ID:swap-1 size: 24.16GB used: 0.00GB (0%)
Info: Processes 162 Uptime 2:12 Memory 515.0/7865.3MB Client Shell inxi 1.0.6
I have tried using the restricted hardware that pops up on first install, EnvyNG and also have downloaded the latest drivers direct from Nvidia and installed them. Each time on reboot I can no longer access Mint through a GUI, only the terminal. I've tried editing the xorg.conf replacing nvidia in the Driver section with vesa but this does not work to getting me visuals. I've reinstalled Mint 3 times now due to this though EnvyNG wasn't so bad due to making it easy to uninstall the drivers by typing envyng -t.
Bear in mind I am a Linux nub here, which feels so weird because Windows rarely, if ever, phased me. Being smarter than the average bear, I never became virus-laden and such, I just finally grew tired of how damned slow it would become over time all by itself.
So right now I am in a bit of stalemate as to what to do. I've exhausted Google, or myself , and so now I am here posting for your help. Not something I like to do unless I am at wits end.
I am suspicious that it has something to do with the fact that the cards are SLi'ed together. I haven't found any settings in the bios that let me adjust this. I would, however, appreciate information on how to back up my installation to easily bring it back to a usable state so I can quit wasting time reinstalling after my failures.
So... if anyone out there has the answer or can guide me through this know that I love you. Oh, and I am currently on a fairly fresh install right now and have not attempted to try again yet. I have however updated everything else that needed to be updated.