I have been trying to install Quantal AMD64 on the following PC:
- ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe LGA (Z77-based)
- Ivy Bridge i5-3570K (overclocked but why would that matter?)
- EVGA GTX 670
- Dual Samsung 830 Series SSDs
Unfortunately, the quetzal seems hellbent on disappointing me. Here's how:
- Live CD doesn't even start properly. Display is filled with colorful noise, though I can see the mouse moving.
- Installation, however, works just fine. No display issues and no errors during installation.
- When booted, sometimes I get colorful noise on screen and a hang and sometimes I get the "Running in low graphics mode error" with my mouse and keyboard maybe working and maybe not. When I click OK, the system hangs in the next dialog screen -- the one that offers the various options to deal with the issue.
- I tried getting into recovery and using the console to install the latest nVidia drivers as per this question. That didn't work: the system would hang randomly while I was in the middle of running the commands.
- Switched to the integrated GPU and that actually worked. I got desktop, opened the terminal, and installed the driver.
- Switched back to the discrete GPU and it still didn't work. The system would hang midway and at random points during the initialization process -- usually in the first 1-2 seconds. I can't boot into recovery (hangs before it). Can't even boot when I switched back to the iGPU.
- Somehow, the OS managed to roll my MB's clock by 7 hrs. Insult to injury.
Now, I'm stuck. I am 99% sure it's the bleepin' graphics driver but sometimes with Linux you never know for sure. People have obviously gotten their Kepler-based GPUs to run fine under Ubuntu so what gives?!
Please let me know if you have managed to pull the above feat of strength. I have to know what incantations you used and what animal you sacrificed.