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Oct 12th 2007, 03:57 PM
Okay, well, it came time to wipe out the Linux partition I have, because it was still my first ever install (It started to resemble a tattered security blanket ;( ), and was planning on reinstalling it, cleanly, with minimal packages regarding what I needed. Reinstalling it went fine, but then I hit a problem.
Installing my Nvidia graphics driver, things went wrong. The driver installed fine, and kdm would start again, but rebooting would 'break' it in a sense of speaking. I ran into this before, but I have no idea how I got around it :-[ , so any help would be much appreciated. Also, reinstalling the driver fixes the problem, but it doesn't stick. The driver version is 100.14.19
Oct 12th 2007, 04:31 PM
Probably you need to overwrite the xorg.conf file with your driver utility.
Open a Konsole window, and enter
sudo nvidia-xconfig --add-argb-glx-visuals --composite
Then restart the X server (I think it offers to do that by default). When you're logged back in, run
sudo nvidia-settings to set your resolution and refresh rates. First click "detect displays", then set resolution as you want it for default. I leave refresh set to "Auto". When you're done, click the "Save to X Configuration File" button in the lower right, put an "x" in "merge", and click "save".
Now, you should be able to reboot your system and have it come back up with the Nvidia driver running and the default settings in place. Let us know if not ... ;)
Oct 13th 2007, 12:31 AM
Thanks very much. It worked like a charm. I think I owe you 3 or 4 now :P
The strange thing though, was that I previewed what the xorg.conf file would look like, and it resembled the prior one character for character, bar the refresh rate (60Hz to 75Hz). Strange :-\
Oct 13th 2007, 07:30 PM
Ok, I have a related question... How do you install the invidia driver (commands) in the first place. I am a supernoob and am very unfamiliar with the programming language.
Oct 13th 2007, 09:14 PM
Here's good news, then -- you don't need to know any programming, you only need to note down the command I wrote above, and "nvidia-settings". Both of these routines are part of the Nvidia proprietary driver, so when you install the driver, you get the utilities, and you only have to remember these 2 commands to use it.
Here's my recommended method to install the Nvidia driver -- let us know if you have any trouble with it. Note the special tweak required if you happen to be running Gutsy (the last sentence of the "how-to"):
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