NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver problem

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by ericojohee, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. ericojohee

    ericojohee New Member

    Just installed Ubuntu 7.10 replacing Windows XP that I was use for the last 2 years. During the installation, I also updated the NVIDIA accelerated graphic drivers but as soon as I restart my computer (reboot), the computer screen become blank, I really don't know what I have to do now, assisstant please...

    Info on my laptop,
    Toshiba Satellite 1950
    Pentium-4 2.2 GHz, 512MB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go

    Highly appreciate your help, BTW, I'm new with Linux.
  2. unclecameron

    unclecameron New Member

    hit CTRL-ALT-F2, which will open a command line environment, even if your X server is hosed :) Then run


    this will attempt to start up your GUI environment, and tell you what's wrong if it crashes there.
  3. shehzada420

    shehzada420 New Member


    Sounds too familiar! I am new to Linux myself but getting along.

    NVIDIA is never a smooth ride with ANY OS (my two laptops have NVIDIA but getting to work in even Windows is a Pain!).

    NEWays. What has worked for me for both these laptops (in both Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS) is below;
    1 - Go to Safe Mode (hope you know how to do that!) - this should log you in as root
    2 - Change the directory to /etc/X11
    3 - Do a file listing of all the xorg.conf files (ls xorg.conf* -ashl)
    4 - Backup the current xorg.conf file (rename xorg.conf xorg.conf.broken001)
    5 - Make a copy of the file dated & timed before you started having problems (cp xorg.conf.xxxx xorg.conf)
    6 - Restart the machine (shutdown -r now) and this should now work

    I have done this a million time now since I am still trying to get my 'NVIDIA GeForce4 440' to work with the Sony 46" TV and keep messing up the file!

    In short, restart the Computer in safe mode, and then the commands you need are below;
    > cd /etc/X11
    > ls xorg.conf* -ashl
    > rename xorg.conf xorg.conf.broken001
    > cp xorg.conf.xxxx xorg.conf
    > shutdown -r now

    Hopefully this will work for you. If not, then I am assuming you will need to use the Package manager to downgrade your NVIDIA drivers in safe mode, which I have not yet done. Another solution would be to configure the xorg.conf file manually to change the drivers to the basic Video Card and Monitor, again I haven't yet done this as the first solution works!

    Best of luck!!!

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