No joy with nVidia drivers

  • raspytone
Posted: Mon, 07/30/2007 - 15:15
Howdy folks, I have followed and implemented the instructions and suggestions in both in this forum and on the nVidia site to no avail. When I install the nVidia driver and reboot I usually get a blank screen and no response from the keyboard. The cursor blimks a few times and disappears. The nVidia site sugested making sure the files /etc/init.d/nvidia-glx and /etc/init.d/nvidia-kernel should be removed. Also that pkg-config and development package should be installed. After I did that the system seemed to recognize that there was an nvidia module, at least, But it wouldn't boot with the reconfigured xorg.conf file, although at this point I got more than the usuall blank screen. I got an error report that said something like "xserver failed to start. Screens found but non usable. No screens found." My system is an HP a1510n with and asus board, AMD Athlon 64 3800 single core processor and an nVidia 6150 on board video controler. Please give me an idea what to try next. Thanks in advance for the help. raspytone

I had asus 8500 GT silent

  • madforthenet
  • 03/10/09
  • Thu, 04/30/2009 - 08:36
Hi Elias. I had a Asus 8500GT silent wiht no stanadrd passive cooler , bur with an Accelero S1 and it had worked fine before in UbuntuStudio 8.04 with nvidia driver by envy and after in 64studio 3 beta3 with 3D in 2.6.26 without in lat 2.6.29 Unfortunately by an accident during installation of new sound card it crash and now I have a new video card always Asus but 9500GTOC and it's great. Unfortunately on new testnig kernel 2.6.29 is not possible use nvidia driver and 3D, if you want 3D must use 2.6.26 and related package. Try kernel 2.6.26.and after post it. Bye Guido

8500GT troubles in 64studio 3.0 beta 2

  • Elias
  • 06/15/07
  • Wed, 04/29/2009 - 22:26
So far I have tried everything I've found to get my 8500GT up and running in 64studio 3.0 beta: * NVIDIA installer * Synaptic packages * Envy install (each time after uninstalling whatever the previous attempt was). So far no luck at all! There are no dependency issues (headers etc, everything checks out fine). It simply does not work. Some people report that the NVIDIA 8500GT will not work on Ubunut 8.04 because of a bug in Ubuntu. But I do not know if this is the case as well for the kernel etc. that 64studio is using. Has anyone found a solution for this? Thanks.

The easiest install yet

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 01/10/2008 - 06:24
Helped someone to set up a system recently - GeForce 7900 GT - Previously a problem child... Installed the 64studio system, upgraded everything to 2.1 Pre (64studio testing) Installed these packages additionally
  • nvidia-glx
  • nvidia-kernel-2.6.2#... (matching your installed 64studio multimedia kernel)
  • nvidia kernel common
Made the changes to get beryl going (including changing "nv" to "nvidia" under "Device" Reboot The thing worked 1st time...

But then!!!!!!!!

  • stevencomerthornley
  • 01/09/08
  • Thu, 01/10/2008 - 01:31
so then I installed envy and failed to install the nvidia driver somewhere after I didn't have a dkms package, and I tried to install one I found on the internet to no avail, so I thought that since envy installed a bunch of packages that the Nvidia installer needed anyway, I'd give it try from the command line restarted and logged in as root using the single user no gui start up and ran the installer I'd put in /usr/src with a host of kernel headers and viola! it worked

Nvidia 7900gs

  • stevencomerthornley
  • 01/09/08
  • Thu, 01/10/2008 - 00:08
After upgrading to 64studio from etch, uninstalling the Nvidia driver using the Nvidia installer /usr/src/, this is what's in my usr/src--right now---all the alsa stuff was to try to get audacious to work in etch---which it never really did--- alsa-driver.tar.bz2 libmcs-0.6.0 alsa-firmware-1.0.15 linux-headers-2.6.21-1-multimedia alsa-plugins-1.0.15 linux-headers-2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 alsa-tools-1.0.15 linux-kbuild-2.6.21 alsa-utils-1.0.15 modules glib-2.15.0 gtk+-2.10.14 pyalsa-1.0.15 jre-6u3-linux-amd64.bin version libglade-2.4.2 I installed the nvidia debs and followed the debian way for all the dependencies and NADA-NYET-NUNCA didn't work so, now what? jlt:/home/steven# glxinfo name of display: :0.0 Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0". Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0". Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0". Error: couldn't find RGB GLX visual visual x bf lv rg d st colorbuffer ax dp st accumbuffer ms cav id dep cl sp sz l ci b ro r g b a bf th cl r g b a ns b eat ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0". Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0". 0x21 24 tc 1 0 0 c . . 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 None Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0". Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0". 0x22 24 dc 1 0 0 c . . 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 None Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0". Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0". 0x5a 32 tc 1 0 0 c . . 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 None I have a gdm gui but no 3d

Nvidea 7300 card INstall

  • wavesound
  • 05/23/07
  • Mon, 12/03/2007 - 14:36
Hi I followed a different path to this. I just installed envy and took it from there. I had to install a new graphics card anyway. Envy can't be got by synaptic which is a shame. it's here: Cheers Bob

Still no joy

  • Carl_H
  • 11/21/07
  • Mon, 12/03/2007 - 09:56
I've tried everything suggested above but to no avail. I still can't get my 64Studio machine to work using the nvidia graphics driver. I've also tried a few of the methods on the Debian forum, but they are apparently only for stock kernels and 64studio's kernel isn't standard. Inicidentally, after each installation and reboot, my PC BIOS reports an error that the CPU has been scaled to an invalid value and will only start in safe mode. This only happens immediately after installation of 64studio, it's fine afterwards.

Kernel upgrade...

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sun, 11/25/2007 - 20:11
Yes, you would need to reinstall when the new kernel comes... I'll open a ticket for the new nvidia drivers! Good to hear you are up and running ;-) Cheers

Install latest NVIDIA drivers, but what about kernel upgrade.

  • Takabuntu
  • 08/20/07
  • Sun, 11/25/2007 - 20:02
I have also a NVIDIA 8500GT and I tried Quentin's workaround, but it did not work for me. Even the 'vesa' option did not work, so the binary drivers in the stable branch do not support the more recent cards. I downloaded the latest NVIDIA drivers from their site and installed them according to the instructions on the Debian Tutorials site and voila now it did work. Don't know yet if I have to re-install the drivers when kernel version 2.6.22 comes out, but at least I have a working GUI for now.


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 11/22/2007 - 07:25
As is outlined in the User FAQ, you need the driver that is built for your card. You need to see the desktop to follow those instructions however, and if the "nv" driver does not work for you there is another solution. Log in with "Single user mode" and enter your chosen root password. At the command prompt: #> editor /etc/X11/xorg.conf It opens a text mode editor. Change the line Driver "nv" in the "Device" section to Driver "vesa" and save the file #> shutdown -r now will then reboot your system This will force the system to use the universal vesa standard, and thus allow you into your system to load the right drivers using Synaptic. Follow the instruction in the user FAQ (number 12 & 13) Cheers

I cant conconfigure teh Xserver with teh video card

  • vickiller
  • 11/21/07
  • Wed, 11/21/2007 - 15:47
I have a problem with my video card because i just dont cant configure i have a video card nividia Geforce GT 8500, the message that it appears to me in the xorg. conf only put some geforce GT like 7000 or 7300 and don't found my video card in my case and and I don't know configuring my card vido for complet. Tanks for your attention.

Same here

  • Carl_H
  • 11/21/07
  • Wed, 11/21/2007 - 10:06
I installed 64 Studio a few days ago and am having exactly the same problem that you describe. My system also has an onboard nVidia graphics chip, though it's a 6100 not a 6150. I haven't yet tried everything suggested above. I'll report back when I have.

Post your Xorg.conf

  • thisllub
  • 08/04/07
  • Sat, 08/11/2007 - 09:27
Mine is as follows. Obviously I have extra stuff in there for the second video card and third screen. # nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings # nvidia-settings: version 1.0 (buildmeister@builder26) Thu May 3 16:04:16 PDT 2007 # nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig # nvidia-xconfig: version 1.0 (buildmeister@builder26) Thu May 3 16:03:39 PDT 2007 # /etc/X11/xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file) # # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using # values from the debconf database. # # Edit this file with caution, and see the /etc/X11/xorg.conf manual page. # (Type "man /etc/X11/xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.) # # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only* # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg # package. # # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated # again, run the following command: # sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg Section "ServerLayout" Identifier "Default Layout" Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0 Screen 1 "Screen1" RightOf "Screen0" InputDevice "Generic Keyboard" InputDevice "Configured Mouse" EndSection Section "Files" # path to defoma fonts FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi" FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType" EndSection Section "Module" Load "i2c" Load "bitmap" Load "ddc" Load "extmod" Load "freetype" Load "glx" Load "int10" Load "vbe" EndSection Section "ServerFlags" Option "Xinerama" "1" EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Generic Keyboard" Driver "kbd" Option "CoreKeyboard" Option "XkbRules" "xorg" Option "XkbModel" "pc104" Option "XkbLayout" "us" EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Configured Mouse" Driver "mouse" Option "CorePointer" Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice" Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2" Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "Generic Monitor" HorizSync 28.0 - 64.0 VertRefresh 43.0 - 60.0 Option "DPMS" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "Monitor0" VendorName "Unknown" ModelName "NUL" HorizSync 31.5 - 80.0 VertRefresh 56.0 - 75.0 EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "Monitor1" VendorName "Unknown" ModelName "NEC" HorizSync 31.5 - 64.3 VertRefresh 56.0 - 76.0 EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "nVidia Corporation GeForce 7300 SE" Driver "nvidia" EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "Videocard0" Driver "nvidia" VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation" BoardName "GeForce 7300 SE" BusID "PCI:5:0:0" EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "Videocard1" Driver "nvidia" VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation" BoardName "GeForce 7300 SE" BusID "PCI:4:0:0" EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Default Screen" Device "nVidia Corporation GeForce 7300 SE" Monitor "Generic Monitor" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Depth 1 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 4 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 8 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 15 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 16 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 24 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480" EndSubSection EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Screen0" Device "Videocard0" Monitor "Monitor0" DefaultDepth 24 Option "TwinView" "1" Option "metamodes" "CRT: 1280x1024 +0+0, DFP: nvidia-auto-select +1280+0; CRT: 1024x768 +0+0, DFP: nvidia-auto-select +1024+0; CRT: 832x624 +0+0, DFP: nvidia-auto-select +832+0; CRT: 800x600 +0+0, DFP: nvidia-auto-select +800+0; CRT: 640x480 +0+0, DFP: nvidia-auto-select +640+0" EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Screen1" Device "Videocard1" Monitor "Monitor1" DefaultDepth 24 Option "TwinView" "0" Option "metamodes" "nvidia-auto-select +0+0" EndSection

Kernel 2.6.22 on the way

  • Free
  • 05/22/07
  • Wed, 08/08/2007 - 15:13
Hi, a new kernel 2.6.22 is on the way, stay tuned!

Yes I've tried that.

  • raspytone
  • 07/23/07
  • Mon, 08/06/2007 - 16:24
Started in single user mode. Started X. When I ran nvidia-settings in a terminal I got this: ERROR: NV-CONTROL extension not found on this Display. ERROR: Unable to determine number of NVIDIA GPUs on ':0.0'. ERROR: Unable to determine number of NVIDIA Frame Lock Devices on ':0.0'. The nvidia settings window did come up but there was little I could do with it. I also tried installing the patch found here: which is meant to neutralize "paravirtualization". (See this thread: When I ran it it told me that my system seems not to be using paravirtualization. So I didn't need the patch. They make reference on this thread to the fact that the nvidia problems will be solved in kernel 2.6.22. I may try compiling this kernel when I have some time to play: I'm not an expert and these thing always seem to eat up time. For now I'm limping along on the vesa driver. Flicker, flicker, flicker.

Have you tried

  • thisllub
  • 08/04/07
  • Mon, 08/06/2007 - 02:47
When you get the X screen su to root and run nvidia-settings. You should be able to configure the screen then and save the settings. You must be root to save the settings. I have 2 NVIDIA cards and have compiled the NVIDIA driver from source in about 4 different distros on this machine wthout problems.

FAQ 14

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Mon, 07/30/2007 - 16:41
I'd like to recommend FAQ 14 to you as well, but as you already tried to install the modules from the nvidia site, this might not work as you now have alien packages all over the show. What you have to do is to find them all and remove them. I wish I could tell you how... The easiest (only) way forward is to back up your stuff and start afresh. Then do the vesa trick at the bottom of the troubleshooting guide ( ) and install the right drivers using synaptic. Don't forget to then change the driver name back to "nvidia" - that's if the install of the module won't take care of it automatically. Hope it works for you as well Cheers

Still no joy

  • raspytone
  • 07/23/07
  • Mon, 07/30/2007 - 23:37
Thanks for your prompt response. I reinstalled the system,(64studio 2.0). When it starts up I do get a gui. But the res is 640 x 480 and unchangeable. After trying to install the nvidia driver things go further awry. I used synaptic to install the nVidia Kernel and nvidia-glx, along with any other packages I could see related to the 2.6.21 kernel. It still gives me a blank screen when X tries to start. I can go back to the "nv" driver, and I can use the "vesa" driver, which will give me an almost acceptible screen. But it has flicker, which I know this monitor is capable of eliminating. When I try to change the screen res (1280 x1024) to a lower value (1024x768) it goes to the login screen and, logging back in, I see nothing has changed. The xorg.conf file presently installed is a result of running the xorg configuration tool, I was forced to change the driver to "vesa" to get a gui back. I feel like I'm in a checkmated position. In the file /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers folder all three drivers appear:, and Is there any other info that would be useful? Or is this simply a bug that needs to be fixed in a later distro?