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I have collected some common problems and solutions for Nvidia restricted drivers after Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) Upgrade.I really thank for those users and ubuntu forum members who posted the solutions.I hope this will be useful for some users to fix their problems.

Problem 1

upgrade to 8.10 -- can't enable Nvidia restricted drivers

Upgraded from 8.04.1 to 8.10 (x64). GF 7600GT. Athlon X2 64. Starts up using the unaccelerated drivers.
Using ‘Hardware Drivers' I try to enable the 177 driver, get error dialog:
"Reconfiguring X.org video drivers is not possible: /etc/X11/xorg.conf if invalid"

- tried deleting xorg.conf
- tried dpkg-reconfig xserver-xorg
- tried nvidia-xconfig

None of these work.

- /var/log/Xorg.0.log doesn't show any syntax errors with any of these xorg.conf files.

Any ideas?


1) Open Synaptic Package Manager

2) Search nvidia

3) Installed all the 177 that are not yet installed (except those with the -dev suffix) or run this command to install drivers sudo apt-get install nvidia-


4) Made sure nvidia-settins is installed as well

5) Restarted

6) Went to "Hardware Drivers"

7) Activated 177

Run the following command to set the nvidia card settings

gksudo nvidia-settings

Problem 2

nvidia-settings segmentation fault.In the nvidia-settings menu (System->Administration->NVIDIA X Server Settings), if I click "Save to X Configuration File" (in the "X Server Display Configurations" page), the window closes. This was not the behavior in Ubuntu 8.04. If I open the menu from the command line, then clicking "Save to X Configuration File" will print "Segmentation fault" before the window closes. This happens whether or not I use sudo when executing nvidia-settings.


I heard that the new X.Org was going to rely less on the xorg.conf file, but it still exits. I can still apply my desired changes by clicking "Apply", so I personally do not have any problems. I am wondering if the segfault is a bug.

I renamed my xorg.conf file to something radically different: xorg_conf_backup.txt Then, when I had nvidia-settings save to xorg file, it asked where it was. I just pointed it to the same location (/etc/X11/xorg.conf) and had it make a new one. That seemed to make it stick. It seems unhappy in having to deal with existing xorg files.

Problem 3

How to get 1920×1200 Resolution Dell 2405fwp Nvidia 6150se


It's an Dell 2405fwp with native resolution of 1920×1200.

But I finally got it working, with some trial and error:

[Dell Insipiron 531] how to get 1920×1200 [2405fpw] resolution working with onboard nvidia graphics [Nvidia 6150se] using vga out:

1. Isntall the restricted drivers System ---> Hardware Drivers

2. Select the recommended drivers, install and reboot.

3. Backup the original /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

$ sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.org

4. Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

$ sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

5. look for the Section "Monitor"

add the following lines[DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING ELSE]:

HorizSync 30-81
VertRefresh 60

6. look for Section "Screen"

add the following lines[DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING ELSE]:

SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1920x1200_60″

7. Then do:
$ sudo nvidia-settings

then from X Server Display Configuration select the 1920×1200 resolution
and 60hz

8. Saving the X configuration File [while nvidia-settings is still open]:

$ sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf

save file as /etc/X11/xorg.conf

9. edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf if needed be repeat 5 & 6

10. then Reboot and press the autosize button on the LCD

And here is a copy of my working xorg.conf file:

Section "Monitor"
Identifier    "Configured Monitor"
HorizSync       30-81
VertRefresh     60

Section "Screen"
Identifier    "Default Screen"
Monitor        "Configured Monitor"
Device        "Configured Video Device"
DefaultDepth    24
SubSection      "Display"
Depth           24
Modes           "1920x1200_60″

Section "Module"
Load    "glx"

Section "Device"
Identifier    "Configured Video Device"
Driver    "nvidia"
Option    "NoLogo"    "True"

Problem 4

Ubuntu 8.10 My Graphics can't be enabled. nVidia Go 7400 graphics card


I got mine working by going to System->Administration->Hardware Drivers. However, the two options presented to me are the 173 and 177 drivers, so that might not help you. The 177 driver, which was also recommended, worked. After activating that driver, I edited the display setting with System->Administration->NVIDIA X Server Settings and then clicked Apply.

Problem 5 (Intrepid blank screen problem)

I wanted to install the Intrepid Ibex [8.10] upgrade. Today I started the Update Manager and let it upgrade to 8.10. Downloading the Binaries took 5-odd hours[I'm on a 384Kbps connection and the download size is just a mite less than 1GB].It took an hour to install and asked to reboot. This is where the troubles started. After rebooting, it went to the beige screen that precedes the splash screen and then to a black blank screen. I could move around the mouse and that was it.


Apparently the compiz [which is responsible for the visual effects] module has problems with older Intel graphics cards [on-board graphics module aboard my Intel 845 GVSR]. A suggested work around was to boot into recovery mode and remove the compiz module. Apparently the bus has been around for a couple of months now[Launchpad Bug #259385].

select root shell prompt and run the following commands

sudo apt-get remove compiz

sudo apt-get remove compiz-core



Problem 6

I just installed the new Ubuntu 8.10 and I have no sound.How to fix this problem


I have fixed this problem by installing following package

sudo killall pulseaudio

sudo alsa force-reload

and then go to System>Preferences>Sound and change everything to ALSA

Problem 7

Install Nvidia legacy GeForce 2 MX 400 in Ubuntu 8.10

Downloaded the beta driver from nvidia here the 96.43.09 legacy BETA

Downloaded from synaptic manager linux-headers-generic and linux-source-2.6.27

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic linux-source-2.6.27

Press CTRL + ALT F1

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

sudo sh NVIDIA DRIVER that you downloaded from the url above

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

Problem 8

Install NVIDIA XFX 8600 GT in Ubuntu 8.10

My machine is MSI RS-480-IL2 motherboard, with NVIDIA XFX 8600 GT card.

This is the procedure I followed:

Just go to System -> Adminitration-> Hardware Drivers and enable NVIDIA 177 driver. It will download and install the driver.

Here there is a small hitch. Sometimes the download progress window stops at 0% only, it is bug, but the download takes place in the background and installs the driver. You need to be patient for about 5 minutes (256 KBPS download speed).

After that, just check under System -> Administration for a new menu entry "NVIDIA Settings", if so, the driver is installed. If you select the menu item, it will say "Looks like NVIDIA driver is not being used, Update your Xorg.conf file, just run "nvidia-xconfig" from terminal as root".

Do that, and it will update your xorg.conf file, just restart X, using CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE, it will logout you out and ask for login again. Just login and you have NVIDIA 3D fully working.

Try enabling 3D effects and enjoy !!! Ubuntu 8.10 really rocks, especially with 3D enabled.

For all the persons who were kind enough to reply and comment on earlier post, I would like to thank all of you.

Anyone facing problem with Ubuntu 8.04, I suggest upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10. It will solve many problems.
If you have any other solutions for nvidia cards or any other issues after intrepid upgrade please share here

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79 Comments to “Common Problems and Solutions for Nvidia restricted drivers after Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) Upgrade”

  1. Thanks for all the helpful information regarding this issue. Just wanted to add my experience for anyone searching for something similar. Fresh install of Intrepid, 8.10, on a brand new Dell XPS 1340 laptop dual booting with Vista, and with updates applied. I activated nVidia linux-restricted-modules (177) and then experienced the boot to a command prompt.

    I booted to the recovery console and tried the “fix X” option which restored a default xorg.conf file. After doing an lspci discovered that the second of the two cards nVidia cards listsed is the 9400G, which for this laptop is the main display, and it was on bus “3:0:0″.

    So to restore the nvidia specific portions of the xorg.conf file and configure it to use the right card of the SLI setup I did this:


    … and added the 3:0:0 line to the Device section of the xorg.conf file:

    Section “Device”
    Identifier “Device0″
    Driver “nvidia”
    VendorName “NVIDIA Corporation”
    BusID “3:0:0?

    On the next boot everything came up fine and the nVidia drivers even went to the native 1200×800


  2. greekkkkk says:

    grafics problem.Low grafics at ubuntu8.10
    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. .My grafics card is EN7600GT.What shall i do???thnx in advance


  3. Vince says:

    Regarding ‘solutions’ to the AMD64/NVidia problem…

    I have one,that really solves the problem (after appropriate downloads are made…)

    and, is seemingly surefire simple (I read and tried many of the solutions offered… This one (only) worked with no real problems…

    1) install Ultramix
    2) select ‘Enfironments’
    3) select ‘XFCE’

    Reboot into XFCE and download/install AMD64 NVIDIA drivers…

    Has worked EVERYTIME for me… And I have been installing/re-installing as I have been testing Ubuntu ‘tweaks’ and blow-ups. (I can, have the time, so… it happens.)

    Have a Stable system with two options (Ubuntu or XFCE) on TWO partitions (One with Ultamtix Extreme… Which I used same trick to install the same ‘non-working’ drivers.


  4. Bhavesh says:

    As per “Install NVIDIA XFX 8600 GT in Ubuntu 8.10″ (Problem 8):
    I follow those steps and i got solution. I was success to set resolution through NVIDIA.(1024x768_60).

    I have one problem. When i restart laptop then older resolution found (like 600×800).

    Please give me solution. how to set resolution for all time?


  5. Dano Fernandez says:

    I already bought an external CD drive and UBUNTU disk is ready. Could you tell me how to start UBUNTU


  6. Adam says:

    Hi, I am upgrading my Toshiba Tablet M200 to 8.10 Intrepid I have Nvidia graphics, but still can’t get the tablet pen to interact with the interface and switching between portrait and landscape. Is their any way to access the accelerometer that is in it too?


  7. Mathew Slack says:

    Is there anyway to get a version of Ubuntu that supports Nvidia cards by default? That would be pretty impressive!


  8. bassam essa says:

    i upgrade from 8.04 to 8.10 my graphic card 7600gt not work :( i try solve problem 8 , but i have same problem “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. ”
    what i can do more?


  9. Chris says:

    I’m installing the UE 2.1 (with Ubuntu 8.10) from a live DVD. When I run the live DVD, I have to go to the hardware drivers and download the Nvidia ver. 177 and install it and then restart x (ctrl, alt, backspace). After I installed to my hard drive, everything went smooth until I was instructed to reboot. You know what happened. X won’t start now. It says there’s no modual nvidia. No nvidia driver. How can I fix this?


  10. Em says:

    i had that issue with kubuntu 8.10 and i think what workded for me was starting in safe and redo x server to default and install 177 through the program search/install program and reboot without starting x and it seemed to fix my issue.


  11. Intrepid says:

    I was experiencing Problem 7. Your Solution works. However I did find that there were to scripts that could be downloaded from Nvidia (from the link you provided). I only had to run the first (smaller file size) one of them. I also noticed that while running the script that I downloaded from Nvidia, it mentioned that I did not have something and it needed to download it, which it did. The outcome was all positive, everything worked. I just needed to add the 1920 x 1200 resolution to my mode line in xorg.conf and then restart GDM once again. Many thinks for documenting your knowledge and keeping it real.


  12. Lama Chok says:

    i have acer 4530 model with nvidia 9100m graphics card. The problem is that i m new to linux and don’t have much idea about it but i m eager to learn. I have ubuntu 8.10. I m experiencing graphics driver problem. i don’t have internet connection. is there any web site where i can download the driver and install it (like we do in Windoes)


  13. bassam essa says:

    i install kubuntu :) it`s done and work


  14. I’m install the kubuntu but it’s not working, I need driver for nVidia 7600gt.


  15. Avin says:

    I’m using Ubuntu 9.04 and My Graphics card(Nvidia XFS 8600GT) not giving me full resolution and 3D effect. I don’t have internet connection on Ubuntu. I use my Mobile to access Internet in Windows XP. So How to download offline driver for my graphics card with dependencies and Install it on Ubuntu 9.04.



  16. Benny says:

    after i install my Nvidia Geforce fx 5500, and when i’m booting ubuntu 8.10, it stops at the 2nd bar. How can you help me


  17. Agustin says:


    Great Help :D


  18. golden says:

    i have a problem with my nvidia geforce 8600M gs notebook i cant play games anymore…
    when i install the driver i cant enter to the windows a blue screen appear…sometime if it work and enter to the windows a black screen appear still 3 seconds and gone and notify that windows has been recovered from unexpact shutdown
    and nvdll.exe error…someone help me.


  19. Pokemon says:

    can you update article or release new one for decent drivers and hardwares


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