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Old 12-08-07, 11:41 AM   #1
nj679
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Unhappy 7900GS and Ubuntu 7.10: nvidia driver does not work

I have tried to install nvidia driver 100.14.19 in my Ubuntu 7.10 box (NVIDIA-Linux-x86-100.14.19-pkg1.run downloaded from nvidia.com)

The installation is completed correctly but when I reboot my PC the system seems to have problem loading the new driver: no specific error message but after displaying for 2 o 3 time the system console with some "boot messages" Ubuntu starts with nvidia proprietary driver disabled, displaying the card as a generic VESA.

Same thing if I try to enable the proprietary driver from Menu/Administration/Screens and Graphics, when I push the "TEST" button the test fails and the generic VESA drivers is reloaded.

I also tried to install the beta driver NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.04-pkg1.run, same result.

I cannot use any 3D effect on my PC (System/Preference/Appearence/Visual Effect), the system asks me to enable the "accelerated driver" which fails in the same way explained above.

Is there anyone that can help me?

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Nicola
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Old 12-20-07, 01:10 PM   #2
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Smile Re: 7900GS and Ubuntu 7.10: nvidia driver does not work

It's me again.

I have solved my problem (with the help of nvidia support)

Using the command /etc/init.d/gdm start The x-server was not starting, so it was not possible to get any valid information using nvidia-bug-report.sh

The suggestion was to use the startx command instead, I could finally see what the problem was, I got the error message: "Your card does not have the necessary power cable attached, X will not start unless this is rectified" Then it was suggesting as alternative the use of parameter NoPowerConnectionCheck.

The cable was unplugged when I replaced the card's fan with a passive cooler. I reattached the cable and everything was OK.

The suggestion to use the startx command was very usefull. Hope it can help you as well.

Ciao
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