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Right now I have an older Dell Dimension 3000, of which inside is a Pentium 4, 1GB RAM and an nVidia FX 5200. I found this question which asked the same thing, but the only answer as a comment was of no use. This question was more detailed and provided a more sufficient answer, but upon visiting the launchpad site and grabbing the built .deb files for Quantal as listed. I downloaded this in browser, and opened it using the Ubuntu Software Centre application. It would not allow me to install this because "Dependency is not satisfiable: xorg-video-abi-11"

Unsure what to do, I attempted to install the nVidia officially released driver for an x86 system and I was told that I was running and xorg server and that I could not install the driver. I have tried several other methods with similar responses, or leaving the system unbootable. Is there a way to bypass this xorg issue, or would I have to downgrade?

Note: This set up is temporary while my regular computer is waiting for a replacement part, I only need this to get work done without having a delay in even moving the mouse.*

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To stop X on Ubuntu to install the official nVidia drivers, hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 login, then type sudo service lightdm stop

You should then be able to run the installer from the command line without the X error message. When your done with the install (there will be a few errors, ignore them), restart and all should be good.

This is how i was able to install the 6200 drivers on 12.04LTS at least.

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Oh okay, let me try that. – etsr Jan 20 '13 at 17:13
Nvidia required I disable noveau and reboot, yet when disabled the computer needs to reboot and without it I cannot access grub or tty. – etsr Jan 20 '13 at 19:49
I have no idea why disabling noveau would break grub, but to fix common boot errors, i use boot repair from an ubuntu live disk - see option 2 here: – ScottC Jan 20 '13 at 22:19

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