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I'm trying to install XBMC on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server. After installing nvidia-current and xinit, the machine boots up in text mode, no surprise there, but just prints bogus letters like shown in the picture.

I've no idea what went wrong. I'd apreciate your help.

My graphics card according to lspci is a gforce 8200:

% lspci
00:00.0 RAM memory: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] Memory Controller (rev a2)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] LPC Bridge (rev a2)
00:01.1 SMBus: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] SMBus (rev a1)
00:01.2 RAM memory: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:01.3 Co-processor: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] Co-Processor (rev a2)
00:01.4 RAM memory: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:02.0 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a1)
00:02.1 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev a1)
00:04.0 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a1)
00:04.1 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev a1)
00:06.0 IDE interface: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] IDE (rev a1)
00:07.0 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation MCP72XE/MCP72P/MCP78U/MCP78S High Definition Audio (rev a1)
00:08.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] PCI Bridge (rev a1)
00:09.0 IDE interface: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] SATA Controller (non-AHCI mode) (rev a2)
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP77 Ethernet (rev a2)
00:10.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] PCI Express Bridge (rev a1)
00:12.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] PCI Express Bridge (rev a1)
00:13.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] PCI Bridge (rev a1)
00:14.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] PCI Bridge (rev a1)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation NV44 [GeForce 7100 GS] (rev a1)

The TV is hooked up via a DVI-HDMI cable, which I checked. So this is not the problem. I'm using zsh but bash behaves the same way.

% reset

did not work either.

Login works normally, so typing in a user name and password is working. Just the output is weird.

The boot prompt with all status information is scrambled like this as well.

thanks for any tips. flowolf

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Are you gonna need performance using your graphic card? If not, try using nouveau driver. –  Vítor Manfredini Dec 12 '12 at 14:37
    
thanks. uninstalling the nvidia drivers worked. i'll try nouveau. –  flowolf Dec 12 '12 at 14:48
    
what i did to resolve the issue was uninstalling nvidia-common -current ... etc.: # aptitude remove nvidia-common nvidia-current nvidia-settings xserver-xorg xinit i then installed nouveau-firmware # aptitude install nouveau-firmware xorg # reboot the first part of the booting process still prints bogus but that get's better when the correct drivers are loaded. i'll repost this after the 8 hours have past, in which i'm not allowed to answer my own question (new user) –  flowolf Dec 12 '12 at 14:51

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The OP answered the question in a comment. Here's the relevant part, with a few modifications for clarity.

What I did to resolve the issue was uninstalling nvidia-common, -current, etc. As root:

aptitude remove nvidia-common nvidia-current nvidia-settings xserver-xorg xinit i then installed nouveau-firmware
aptitude install nouveau-firmware xorg

Reboot.

The first part of the booting process still prints bogus messages. But that gets better when the correct drivers are loaded.

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