I need to get into root and I don't know how to do it

Asked by tony on 2012-07-06

I am a dummy when it comes to dealing with anything on Ubuntu that lies outside the confines of the menus at the top of the desktop.

My computer has an NVIDIA graphics card and I want to change the settings, but when I try I am presented with the message:-

"You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just run `nvidia-xconfig` as root), and restart the X server."

I haven't a clue how I go about this. Can anyone help? I need a simple (very) step by step explanation!!!

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Best actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Then run:

sudo nvidia-xconfig

the 'sudo' bit runs it as your user. You are in the 'sudo' group which then allows you to run things as root without actually being root. You never need to get into root. You have sudo

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

Here a good Ubuntu manual http://ubuntu-manual.org/

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tony (tony-csu0kx1) said :

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.