NVIDIA GeForce 8 on Ubuntu AMD64 7.04 Feisty

Asked by Ivan on 2007-04-22


My system have a black screen on boot (juste after kernel call operation) with NVIDIA GeForce 8800 on Festy Fawn AMD64.
The same configuration works with Festy Fawn i386.
The same configuration works with Festy Fawn AMD64 with NVIDIA GeForce 6200LE

Thank you

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Massimo Forti (slackwarelife) said : #1

You must install the restric modules. There is a tool to do it.


Ivan (ivan-laptchenko) said : #2

It's definitively not a linux-restricted-modules problem (this package is installed and works grate with GeForce 62000LE).
Seems like compatibility problem with GeForce 8 series cards and x86_64 distribution.

Massimo Forti (slackwarelife) said : #3

The linux-restricted-modules does not have a nvidia driver, but the nv driver.
If you use the ubutnu 7.04, you can open a shell and do this:

gksu -D /usr/share/applications/restricted-manager.desktop /usr/bin/restricted-manager

This command open a windows in which you can install the nvidia driver, this has the full support for you nvidia card (6200 + 8800)


Ivan (ivan-laptchenko) said : #4

Once again: My system have a black screen on boot "Juste after kernel call operation!"
So I have NOT the command prompt... There is no image on the screen at all! but this card works with i386 version of ubuntu and 64bit version works fine with nvidia 6200 video card.


Rouben (rouben) said : #5

This may be a problem with the restricted driver manager in Feisty and very new (geForce 8000 series) or very old (geForce 4) cards. Does this help by any chance?


Best Massimo Forti (slackwarelife) said : #6

If you want to install correctly the nvidia driver you can do this:

1) downloads from this site the NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9755-pkg1.run file (this is for x86 cpu, you can search the 86_64)


2) Boot, when you recive the black screen do Ctrl+Alt+1, this open a shell, log in and do:

$: sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
$: sudo apt-get install build-essential
$: sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
$: sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-dev

$: sudo vi /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common

(you must know how vi works this a little how-to):
Working in Command Mode

Other than actually entering text, most of the tasks you perform with vi are carried out in Command mode. In Command mode, all keystrokes are interpreted as commands. Here are some basic commands for working with text:
 inserts the cursor at the current character

 inserts the cursor at the beginning of the cucrrent line

 appends text to the right of the current character

 appends text at the end of the current line

 inserts a new line immediately following the current line

 inserts a new line immediately before the current line
Navigating in a Document
The following commands allow you to move through a document. w
 moves the cursor to the beginning of the next word

 moves the cursor to the beginning of line n

 moves the cursor to the last line of the file

 moves the cursor to the beginning of column n

 scrolls the screen up a full page

 scrolls the screen down a half page

 scrolls the screen down a full page

 scrolls the screen up a half page
Deleting Text
vi gives you several options for deleting characters or blocks of characters. Remember that you must always press Esc before entering any of these commands. dd
 deletes the current line

 deletes to the end of the current line

 deletes the character to the right of the cursor

 deletes the character to the left of the cursor

 deletes the remainder of the current line

 undoes the previous deletion

 replaces text under the cursor with X

 changes the case of the current letter
Saving Your Work and Exiting vi
When you're finished editing a file with vi, you have several options for exiting to the % prompt. If you have already named your file, typing ZZ is the easiest way to save the file and quit vi. Here are other options: :w filename
 saves the file

 saves and quits

 quits vi after a file has been saved

 quits vi without saving the file

 saves the file and quits vi

 saves the file and quits vi

Now add "nv" in the line DISABLED_MODULES=""
this block the nv module.

$: chmod +x /dir_where_you_have_save_the_file/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9755-pkg1.run

do a backup of your xorg.conf

$: sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup

$: sudo sh /dir_where_you_have_save_the_file/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9755-pkg1.run

You must answer the questions, you use autoconfig propose on the end of the installation. After this do:

$: sudo shutdwon -r now

This restart your pc.


Ivan (ivan-laptchenko) said : #7

Thanks Massimo Forti, that solved my question.