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Old 03-26-06, 05:02 PM   #1
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Default X problem in Ubuntu w/ 6600GT SLI

Allright, I've been running my current rig for a while with XP, but I set aside an empty partition on my HD for Linux when I first set the machine up. Now that I finally got around to installing Linux (Ubuntu 5.10 64-bit) I'm having a really strange issue with X.

Whenever I boot into linux, I see the Ubuntu splash and the list of checks that the system goes through as it is booting. However, once that is done and I see a dash in the upper left hand corner flash a few times, then it stays solid. I am pretty sure at this point X has fully loaded, and is just showing on my screen what was shown last (the dash). The reason I've come to this conclusion is because I can hear all the sounds comming from various things that I do. If I just hit enter, I hear an error-esque sound. However, if I blindly enter my login, hit tab, then type in my password, I hear a very pleasant sound, which I'm guessing is the shell loading up.

Now, I can go into terminals 1-6 with no problem and work various commands, but if I try to enter terminal 7, I basically have the same problem as in the beginning and just see what was last on the screen. I installed the latest nVidia drivers using the "Method 1" from the Ubuntu how-to guide, but it didn't seem to change anything. I also tried the command "sudo nvidia-glx-config enable" but it changed nothing.

Here are the basic specs of my machine:

Gigabyte K8-N SLI mobo
2 x PNY 6600GT video cards
AMD 3500+ socket 939 proccy

Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old 03-26-06, 06:07 PM   #2
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Default Re: X problem in Ubuntu w/ 6600GT SLI

Sucks. I've never used Ubuntu but lets have a crack anyway. Alt-F2 to get to vt/2 and use the following commands to check some stuff.

First, use this to read through the Xorg log and see if anything jumps out at you as a problem. If not, try the list below, again just see if anything jumps out as wrong.

less /var/log/Xorg.0.log

# check that nvidia is actually in xorg.conf (basic but never hurts)
grep nvidia /etc/X11/xorg.conf

# check the nvidia kernel module is loaded
lsmod | grep nvidia

# check all the nvidia symlinks are correct
# they should point to libGL.so.1.0.8178, same with libGLcore
ls -l /usr/lib | grep GL
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