View Full Version : nVidia Drivers, HELP!
Oct 21st 2007, 06:54 AM
Need to install nVidia 7 32-bit Linux drivers, NO idea how.
I have run
I renamed it from the rediculously long name to something doable.
Told me I needed to shut down X-Server, how do I so this?!
Please assume I know NO commands, NO procedures, because I'll likely end up having to do this again.
Also, does anyone know what could cause this error to come up in boot.
'Invalid System Disk. Replace the disk and press any key to continue.'
I have a Win X64 Drive and this Ku Drive, both get the damn problem.
I think it's a boot sector virus, but that doesn't help for why it could be afflicting both drives.
I can load by entering Boot Menu and manually selecting the drives (which are detected without problem ).
Oct 21st 2007, 07:25 AM
Concerning the "Invalid System Disk", I'd first check to make sure you don't have a floppy in the computer; if you do, and your computer is set to boot from floppies, then that is more than likely your culprit.
Installing the Nvidia driver shouldn't be any problem, just download Envy (http://albertomilone.com/ubuntu/nvidia/scripts/ubuntu/envy_0.9.8-0ubuntu8_all.deb) (or click here (http://albertomilone.com/nvidia_scripts1.html) if you want to visit Envy's home page). When it finishes downloading, it will probably be located on your desktop, unless you tell it to download elsewhere. If it's on your desktop, hit Alt+F2 and type "konsole"; press "Run". When Konsole loads, type "cd ~/Desktop" and press the "Enter" key. Then, type "sudo dpkg -i envy_0.9.8-0ubuntu8_all.deb" and press Enter again (you'll probably get some errors about not having certain dependencies, that's OK and is expected). If you don't get any errors, Envy should be installed, but in the likely event you do, type "sudo apt-get install -f" which should download and install Envy's needed dependencies, as well as Envy itself.
Then, still in Konsole, type "envy -t"; press Enter and type your password when prompted. Choose what I believe is option "2" to install the Nvidia driver and let it do its thing (Envy will autodetect your card and install the required driver and all dependencies). When it finishes, you'll be prompted as to whether you want Envy to automatically configure your xorg.conf, choose "yes". However, choose "no" when prompted to reboot your computer, you don't want to do that just yet.
You then will want to type "sudo nvidia-xconfig --add-argb-glx-visuals --composite", followed by "kdesudo nvidia-settings". Choose "X Server Display Configuration" and set your desired resolution. Once you've done that, click the "Save to X Configuration File" and tell it to "Merge with existing file". That being finished, reboot your computer and you should be good to go.
It seems like a lot, but just follow it step by step and you shouldn't have any problems; let me know if you do. As far as the quotation marks (" ") go, they are only for your reference and clarification and are not supposed to be included with the commands. This should be a cake walk, but if you run into any problems, don't hesitate posting them here ;)
Oct 21st 2007, 08:15 AM
I have checked for floppies, but there are none, and my BIOS/CMOS isn't even set to seek floppies.
The BIOS/CMOS does in fact detect the drives.
I will boot up, and everything will check out, until the next screen, when it does a quick promp for Raid Settings, I don't touch that. After the stall at the prompt, which hadn't occurred before this problem, it will go through the normals, until the bottom of this second screen, THEN it will say Invalid System Disk.
I can access anything via Boot Menu, but that makes restarts LARGELY more difficult.
The problem occurred earlier today, when I went to Kubuntu.org and Torrented the i386, which I burned to a disc, and then shut down my computer, to load Ku on this drive I had. When I turned my computer back on, and reset my BIOS/CMOS to boot off of CD-ROM, and F10'd to save and quit, it went about it, then BOOM! Invalid System Disk. I have no earthly idea what could have happened, but I suspect it was a virus. However that doesn't explain why the error occurred with my Win XP X64 AND my Fiesty Fawn Ubuntu. I think at some point something damaged my BIOS, any suggestions?
Oct 21st 2007, 08:22 AM
It also keeps telling me whenever I type
I get an error message saying "You do not appear to be using Nvidia X Driver. Please restart the X Server."
Or something like that.
Oct 21st 2007, 08:36 AM
This may or may not help, but did you burn the ISO at a really slow speed (about 4x).
It could be that that is the only problem.
Just my 2c.
Oct 21st 2007, 10:08 AM
How about a more normal way to install them? You should install the drivers through System Settings / Restricted Drivers or Adept. I don't know how the former works, but if you install them through Adept, you have to select the correct nvidia-glx package.
nvidia-glx and nvidia-glx-legacy cards: http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_32667.html
Then select nvidia from the Monitor & Display settings.
Oct 21st 2007, 12:09 PM
Again, your original install could be cactus!!!!!!!!!
Oct 21st 2007, 04:26 PM
First off, I installed the way integrite said and it works perfectly, thank you.
Second off, I have never had this problem before. It occurred before the installation of Kubuntu.
I do NOT have any floppies in.
I do NOT have any CD's in.
My BIOS boot is set to:
Kubuntu works effortlessly, no problem here.
I'm wondering if somehow I could have damaged my BIOS, but where is it installed?
Does it wait in the RAM?
My BIOS does see the drives, I can tell the models, and everything. I can even navigate to them through BIOS, but it just won't automatically load, I must select hard drive from my boot menu or it doesn't work.
Oct 21st 2007, 04:37 PM
Have you checked to see if there is an updated version of your BIOS? If not, check what brand your motherboard is, visit the manufacturers website, and see if they have an updated BIOS version for your motherboard. If they do, download and install it - usually via floppy - according to the instructions they provide. I'm not guaranteeing it will fix your problem, but may definitely bring you one step closer to the solution.
Oct 21st 2007, 04:47 PM
Hmn, I'll check it out. ty Integrite, you must be like a Ku god!
Oct 21st 2007, 06:41 PM
Re: Invalid System Disk.
Does your BIOS have an option to boot USB drives, and might you have one (non-bootable at that) plugged in? Unplug all USB drives and see if you get the same message.
Oct 21st 2007, 09:12 PM
3vi1, you were right, I removed my USB Flashdrive, and unplugged my Camera Memory Card and tried to boot, worked fine.
Oct 21st 2007, 09:18 PM
Given that was the case, you should reboot and go into your BIOS settings and check your boot device ordering. To avoid this problem, ensure that you have, in order:
Floppy (if this is a boot option at all)
This ensures that your PC will boot from either the designated 'first' HDD or CD (depending on which one you set as the first device). I have CD first, so that if I want to test another LiveCD, I don't have to change my BIOS each time.
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