Spacecraft Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:13am
Trouble installing Nvidia drivers.
To sum up: it's a cluster**** up in here. Trouble shooting in the comments below. Will post the cause and solution here when they're discovered.

# The problem:
I wasn't getting any drivers in the "Additional Drivers" window. After installing drivers through Synaptic or terminal I would be stuck with a maximum of 1024x768 resolution.

# The cause:
I had my HD TV hooked up during the installation of Ubuntu and the Nvidia drivers. For some reason the drivers could not configure themselves correctly with my TV hooked up.

# My solution:
I removed the drivers, hooked up a standard 1080p monitor, resintalled the drivers and ran nvidia-xconfig. Now I'm able to get 1920x1080 with my TV hooked up.

# How to avoid these troubles:
Just install Ubuntu and the drivers with a regular monitor hooked up. It's not the optimal solution. If anyone knows a better fix that allows anyone to install Ubuntu and Nvidia's drivers with a TV hooked up, WITHOUT going into terminal at any point, I'll add that here.
Last edited by Spacecraft; Feb 15, 2013 @ 4:51pm
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Comrade Rarity Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:15am 
Umm, sudo apt-get install nvidia-current?
Spacecraft Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:15am 
Originally posted by Comrade Rarity:
Umm, sudo apt-get install nvidia-current?

I had terrible problems with that the first time I ran it. I still had to install headers and after I booted I couldn't get a resolution higher than 1024x768. Couldn't add new modes to xrandr either. Nothing would work.
Greenbikerdude Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:18am 
Installing nvidia driver is easy as comrade rarity described. Another way is over synaptic package manager or ubuntu software center ..... I just switched from current to experimental without rebooting and TF2 still runs smoothly .... Also you are better off using the native tools than downloading by hand and installing. What graphics card btw?
Spacecraft Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:20am 
Doing it the "easy" way left me stuck in 1024x768. Couldn't switch my res with xrandr either.
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:23am 
Originally posted by Spacecraft:
Doing it the "easy" way left me stuck in 1024x768. Couldn't switch my res with xrandr either.

So you throw a temper tantrum and write off the entire Linux gaming community and the over 100 games as a result? I mean, damn, there's an install guide in this forum that covers every problem you could possibly have:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/0/864959809718405749/

There's even an easy mode.
hants Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:24am 
That website has a decent description, https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Valve . Also having Steam officially in the Ubuntu Software Center might resolve such issues automatically. ;)
Spacecraft Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:30am 
Originally posted by dirrtygsharp:
Originally posted by Spacecraft:
Doing it the "easy" way left me stuck in 1024x768. Couldn't switch my res with xrandr either.

So you throw a temper tantrum and write off the entire Linux gaming community and the over 100 games as a result? I mean, damn, there's an install guide in this forum that covers every problem you could possibly have:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/0/864959809718405749/

There's even an easy mode.

You do realize that is about installing steam right? I'm not talking about installing steam.
kozec Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:33am 
Last time I installed Ubuntu, big, weird window poped out after first boot asking me, if I want to activate "restricted" driver. Then it restarted X (or rebooted PC? I don't remember) and that was about entire process. What happened to that poor window?

//edit: This one
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:33am 
Originally posted by Spacecraft:
Originally posted by dirrtygsharp:

So you throw a temper tantrum and write off the entire Linux gaming community and the over 100 games as a result? I mean, damn, there's an install guide in this forum that covers every problem you could possibly have:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/0/864959809718405749/

There's even an easy mode.

You do realize that is about installing steam right? I'm not talking about installing steam.

The second link in that guide:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Valve

Walks through installing Nvidia or AMD drivers.
Comrade Rarity Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:37am 
TBH, I have seen some similar weirdness occur when using a DVI to VGA adapter, or some sort of KVM solution. some xrandr tweaking fixed it up though
Spacecraft Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:39am 
Originally posted by dirrtygsharp:
Originally posted by Spacecraft:

You do realize that is about installing steam right? I'm not talking about installing steam.

The second link in that guide:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Valve

Walks through installing Nvidia or AMD drivers.
For me there is nothing under the additional software menu. And the other steps are what I've tried already.

The reason I said Linux will never be a popular gaming is is because the number of steps and bash knowledge it requires to install what takes a few clicks on windows.
gutigen o) Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:41am 
I was installing Windows 8 Evaluation Edition week ago and I still can't get my sound card working there properly (generic and popular via hd) while it works under Linux out of the box, so in my humble opinion Windows 8 is never going to be viable gaming platform... right.

Difference is that in Windows it's either reinstall a program or whole system in order to fix issues (not always works tho), in Linux you can fix almost everything without reinstallation (edit/replace/fix any file on your machine). And except few minor issues with exotic hardware, Linux has awesome support (milions of enthusiasts in open source community vs M$ corporate, closed support). Check some guides over the net, just like you would do in Windows instead of whining about how bad Linux is just for sake of whining I assume.


EDIT: What gpu you got? Is it laptop with NVIDIA Optimus?
Footissimo Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:41am 
It's a rare problem these days, but a right bugger to sort..and yep, for someone starting out on Linux, it's a bit of a mare and I cringe whenever I see it come up (last time I saw, it still involved fiddling with modelines in xorg.conf). Too late for you, but askubuntu.com would've been the best place to get help on this.
hants Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:42am 
also in many cases the ubuntu bug tracker has a solution if someone has reported the problem already (which is the case most of the time). If thats not the case https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs has a nice description, on how to deal with bug reports. Most issues get resolved quickly. The community is always glad to help fixing some bugs!
Spacecraft Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:42am 
Originally posted by Kozec:
Last time I installed Ubuntu, big, weird window poped out after first boot asking me, if I want to activate "restricted" driver. Then it restarted X (or rebooted PC? I don't remember) and that was about entire process. What happened to that poor window?

//edit: This one

That's Jockey and it's gone in 12.10.
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