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So now that I finally installed Ubuntu 7.10 I'm having trouble figuring out why the graphics card drivers keep getting reset to the VESA compliant one. I keep putting in nvidia 8 series but it always reverts back. I tried using envy but honestly I do not even know if it did anything and this is really starting to annoy me =[

What am I doing wrong that needs to be fixed?
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Well I've been hearing Ubuntu is having trouble getting started with a computer that has an 8-series card.

Once you get installed and everything, though, Envy should do everything automatically... It should be as easy as a few clicks.
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sabayon ftw
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sabayon ftw
How do you update software and stuff in Sabayon? I didn't spend much time with it, but I never knew how to use the package manager.
post #5 of 12
Try SUSE as well. I had problems with my resolutions on Ubuntu on my 8800GTS; basically i installed the drivers but resolution was 800xsomething!! Installed SUSE and voila! I am not saying SUSE is better though, it just worked for me!
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Well I've been hearing Ubuntu is having trouble getting started with a computer that has an 8-series card.

Once you get installed and everything, though, Envy should do everything automatically... It should be as easy as a few clicks.
Actually, I never have any trouble with my GTX at all.

Just download this (I'm assuming you're on 32-bit), and run it.

(64-bit is here, but if you're using 64-bit, then that could be the problem, because I had various problems in 64-bit, so I'm using 32-bit until Ubuntu 8.04.)



In order to run it, you'll need to type "chmod u+x NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12.pkg1.run" and then run it with "sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12.pkg1.run".



After that, it should run through an install. Towards the end, you want to answer yes, replace the xorg.conf with a new configuration. Hopefully that works for you.
    
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post #7 of 12
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Actually, I never have any trouble with my GTX at all.

Just download this (I'm assuming you're on 32-bit), and run it.

In order to run it, you'll need to type "chmod u+x NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12.pkg1.run" and then run it with "sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12.pkg1.run".

After that, it should run through an install. Towards the end, you want to answer yes, replace the xorg.conf with a new configuration. Hopefully that works for you.
Envy is so much easier...

Btw, ./<file>.run never produced good results. I always had to do "sh <file>.run" Must be done outside of X, of course.
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Envy is so much easier...

Btw, ./<file>.run never produced good results. I always had to do "sh <file>.run" Must be done outside of X, of course.
Edit: Oh yeah, you have to shut down X, lol.

I always forget that part, but it's never a bother for me since I know how, lol.

Anyways, if he used Envy, and it's not working, then doing it manually could work out better.



Ok, so download it and store it in the "/root" directory. Then:

1. Push Ctrl+Alt+F1
2. Login as root
3. telinit 1
4. chown NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12.pkg1.run (current directory should be "/root")
5. chmod u+x NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12.pkg1.run
6. sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12.pkg1.run
7. Run through the install, selecting to replace the xorg.conf at the end.
8. reboot (which is literally the command that reboots)
    
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Ctrl + Alt + F1 brings you to a terminal, but it doesn't actually shut down X. How do you shut down X?

And for #6: you shouldn't be using both sh AND ./, should you?
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How do you update software and stuff in Sabayon? I didn't spend much time with it, but I never knew how to use the package manager.
emerge seems to be the most popular way but there is another app called...erm...something else; I'll see if i can find out for you.
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