I'm very new to Ubuntu. I wanted to move away from Windows because I've been learning Python for the last year and wanted to be on an OS that was good for Python development. Ubuntu and Python are rather simpatico, hence the move.
Well, as you might guess from the title, I've had a few issues involving the nvidia card. For one, I get a false positive GPU hang until I went and did this:
- I ran
sudo nano /etc/defaults/apport.
- Editing this file, I set
This eliminated the error message and allows me to use the computer. But beyond this, I have also never been able to get the ancient GPU and Ubuntu to play nice.
I've tried two separate solutions, only to have the same thing happen both times; an unbootable computer. I've tried to:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
I've also attempted to install the .run packages for nividia-173, and walking through the motions of killing the X server session and trying to install in this way, etc... They both lead to the same black screen on start up. I get a momentary purple screen, then nothing. I'm forced to restart with GRUB and when I do, slow computer is slow.
The thing of it is, even when I go back and "sudo apt-get purge" all the non-working things, I still reboot to a splash screen, momentary Ubuntu purple, and eventual black screen. So whatever it is that these drivers are going and doing once I let them snake in, they're doing a good job of borking everything right up, because uninstalling doesn't seem to matter one bit.
Now, I know I'm doing all this on an older box. It's a Dell Dimension 2400, running a 2.4 Ghz Celeron processor and 1 GB RAM, and I also know the graphics card is something of a dinosaur (to compliment the prehistoric computer, of course). So I'm willing to submit that maybe I'm just asking too much of an old bird. I'd post the exact specs, but I can't, because right now that computer is in the middle of the third re-install of Ubuntu 12.04 in two weeks.
I've also seen the nvidia issue seems to be pretty well-traveled by now, and honestly there's so much different information out there and varied results from the outcomes that honestly I don't know what to try right now, except just leaving the blasted thing alone and running it without the drivers.
The problem here is, I don't know what I'm supposed to know in order to troubleshoot this stuff, so I don't rightly know the right questions to ask, but at this point I'm wondering if I should just look into an older version of Ubuntu. The computer was running Windows XP until I decided to be bold and jump ship; it wasn't blazing fast, but it worked. And if my research and memory serve me correctly, this issue involving this particular configuration didn't pop up until, what, Ubuntu 11? If I roll-back to try and correct this issue, am I doing it weird?
I haven't written but five lines of code since I started mucking around with my OS. I did this so I could code more, not less. I'm frustrated and sad and annoyed that my experience with non-proprietary operating systems has thus far been fraught with bad drivers, three reinstalls, and a steep learning curve. Whatever advice the community has for me at this point, I'm all ears here.
EDIT: Got the old girl up and running. Here's my lshw:
description: Space-saving Computer product: Dimension 2400 vendor: Winbond Electronics serial: G7TBR41 width: 32 bits capabilities: smbios-2.3 dmi-2.3 smp-1.4 smp configuration: administrator_password=enabled boot=normal chassis=space-saving cpus=1 power-on_password=enabled uuid=44454C4C-3700-1054-8042-C7C04F523431 *-core description: Motherboard product: 0F5949 vendor: Winbond Electronics physical id: 0 version: A00 serial: ..CN70821436B0UU. *-firmware description: BIOS vendor: Winbond Electronics physical id: 0 version: A05 date: 12/02/2003 size: 64KiB capacity: 448KiB capabilities: pci pnp apm upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect edd int13floppytoshiba int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer acpi usb ls120boot biosbootspecification netboot *-cpu description: CPU product: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.40GHz vendor: Intel Corp. physical id: 400 bus info: cpu@0 version: 15.2.9 slot: Microprocessor size: 2400MHz capacity: 3600MHz width: 32 bits clock: 400MHz capabilities: boot fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe up pebs bts cid xtpr configuration: id=0 *-cache:0 description: L1 cache physical id: 700 size: 8KiB capacity: 8KiB capabilities: internal write-back data *-cache:1 description: L2 cache physical id: 701 size: 128KiB capacity: 128KiB capabilities: internal varies unified *-memory description: System Memory physical id: 1000 slot: System board or motherboard size: 1GiB capacity: 1GiB *-bank:0 description: DIMM SDRAM Synchronous 266 MHz (3.8 ns) physical id: 0 slot: DIMM_1 size: 512MiB width: 64 bits clock: 266MHz (3.8ns) *-bank:1 description: DIMM SDRAM Synchronous 266 MHz (3.8 ns) physical id: 1 slot: DIMM_2 size: 512MiB width: 64 bits clock: 266MHz (3.8ns) *-pci description: Host bridge product: 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE/PE DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 100 bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0 version: 01 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz configuration: driver=agpgart-intel resources: irq:0 memory:e8000000-efffffff *-display description: Display controller product: 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 2 bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0 version: 01 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list configuration: driver=i915 latency=0 resources: irq:16 memory:e0000000-e7ffffff memory:feb80000-febfffff *-usb:0 description: USB controller product: 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 1d bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0 version: 01 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: uhci bus_master configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0 resources: irq:16 ioport:ff80(size=32) *-usb:1 description: USB controller product: 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 1d.1 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.1 version: 01 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: uhci bus_master configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0 resources: irq:19 ioport:ff60(size=32) *-usb:2 description: USB controller product: 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 1d.2 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.2 version: 01 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: uhci bus_master configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0 resources: irq:18 ioport:ff40(size=32) *-usb:3 description: USB controller product: 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 1d.7 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.7 version: 01 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0 resources: irq:23 memory:ffa80800-ffa80bff *-pci description: PCI bridge product: 82801 PCI Bridge vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 1e bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.0 version: 81 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master resources: memory:fd000000-feafffff memory:f0000000-f7ffffff *-display description: VGA compatible controller product: NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] vendor: NVIDIA Corporation physical id: 4 bus info: pci@0000:01:04.0 version: a1 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom configuration: driver=nouveau latency=64 maxlatency=1 mingnt=5 resources: irq:16 memory:fd000000-fdffffff memory:f0000000-f7ffffff memory:fea00000-fea1ffff *-network description: Ethernet interface product: BCM4401 100Base-T vendor: Broadcom Corporation physical id: 9 bus info: pci@0000:01:09.0 logical name: eth0 version: 01 serial: 00:0f:1f:47:3b:3a size: 100Mbit/s capacity: 100Mbit/s width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=b44 driverversion=2.0 duplex=full ip=192.168.1.103 latency=64 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100Mbit/s resources: irq:17 memory:fe9fe000-fe9fffff memory:fe000000-fe003fff *-isa description: ISA bridge product: 82801DB/DBL (ICH4/ICH4-L) LPC Interface Bridge vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 1f bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0 version: 01 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: isa bus_master configuration: latency=0 *-ide description: IDE interface product: 82801DB (ICH4) IDE Controller vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 1f.1 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.1 logical name: scsi0 logical name: scsi1 version: 01 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: ide bus_master emulated configuration: driver=ata_piix latency=0 resources: irq:18 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:ffa0(size=16) memory:feb7fc00-feb7ffff *-disk description: ATA Disk product: Maxtor 6Y080L0 vendor: Maxtor physical id: 0 bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0 logical name: /dev/sda version: YAR4 serial: Y2G69FQE size: 74GiB (80GB) capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=0007c431 *-volume:0 description: EXT4 volume vendor: Linux physical id: 1 bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1 logical name: /dev/sda1 logical name: / version: 1.0 serial: 4783b86d-db77-401b-84cd-7c263eee6cd9 size: 73GiB capacity: 73GiB capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized configuration: created=2012-06-22 22:45:10 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2012-06-22 23:39:51 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,user_xattr,barrier=1,data=ordered mounted=2012-06-22 23:41:12 state=mounted *-volume:1 description: Extended partition physical id: 2 bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2 logical name: /dev/sda2 size: 1020MiB capacity: 1020MiB capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended *-logicalvolume description: Linux swap / Solaris partition physical id: 5 logical name: /dev/sda5 capacity: 1020MiB capabilities: nofs *-cdrom description: SCSI CD-ROM physical id: 1 bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0 logical name: /dev/cdrom logical name: /dev/sr0 capabilities: audio configuration: status=nodisc *-serial UNCLAIMED description: SMBus product: 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Controller vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 1f.3 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3 version: 01 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz configuration: latency=0 resources: ioport:eda0(size=32) *-multimedia description: Multimedia audio controller product: 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 1f.5 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.5 version: 01 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list configuration: driver=snd_intel8x0 latency=0 resources: irq:17 ioport:ee00(size=256) ioport:edc0(size=64) memory:feb7fa00-feb7fbff memory:feb7f900-feb7f9ff
Hope that helps to make a proper assessment..