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My problem is that more often than not, when I boot into Ubuntu 12.04 it brings me to the Command-line prompt and asks for my login. After logging in I have to either try using

sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.confg


Reinstall the Nvidia 310 drivers in order to get my GUI back.

The error that the terminal puts out is 0 Screens found. I am quite confused as to why that is. Is it because I have a DVI input? But after using the sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.confg command or reinstalling the Nvidia 310 drivers, it's works fine until next boot.

It's a bit inconvenient so if someone knows a fix to this, it'd be so so appreciated.

I apologize if there already is a question like this posted, but I did check and I couldn't see anything from what I saw.

I originally installed the Nvidia drivers using the jockey. (Additional Drivers) However now when I have to reinstall the drivers I just use the .run file from the website.

$ dkms status
nvidia, 310.32, 3.2.0-36-generic, x86_64: installed
nvidia-experimental-310, 310.14, 3.2.0-36-generic, x86_64: installed.

$ lspci -nnk | grep -IEA3 vga
06:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation Device [10de:1188] (rev a1)
        Subsystem: NVIDIA Corporation Device [10de:095b]
        Kernel driver in use: nvidia
        Kernel modules: nvidia, nvidia_experimental_310, nouveau, nvidiafb

Further system information:

  • Alienware Aurora R4
  • X79 Intel Chipset motherboard
  • CPU: i7-3990K @ 3.20Ghz x 12
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 690
  • Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit.
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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! How did you install the Nvidia 310 drivers? Using a package or using a file from the Nvidia website? (The latter one is discouraged for the issue you just bump into). And can you include the output of dkms status? Provide all this information by editing your question. – gertvdijk Jan 28 '13 at 13:46
@gertvdijk I originally installed the Nvidia drivers using the jockey. (Additional Drivers) However now when I have to reinstall the drivers I just use the .run file from the website. I am not sure how to get the [code] dkms status [code] so if you could tell me, that'd be awesome :) Or to how to highly the code things that gunbert fixed for me :| Sorry, as I said I am new here, and quite a bit of a noob, unfortunately. Yes, I would like to boot to my GUI instead of the console. Sorry for any misunderstanding. – user126753 Jan 29 '13 at 9:05
Just open a terminal (the Terminal application) and run the dkms status command. This lists the kernel modules versions installed handled by DKMS. You can then copy/paste the output. While you're at it, also run lspci -nnk | grep -iEA3 vga. This lists all relevant information about your graphics card(s) installed. We can then see what you need to get it working. Remember to edit your question for this information (including that in your previous comment!). That is how this site works. – gertvdijk Jan 29 '13 at 9:33
This is a Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 graphics card and should be supported very well by all current Nvidia drivers. The only reason for your current issue I can come up with is that the installation of the .run file screwed up your user space Xorg. Try using the steps in this answer to get this straight again. – gertvdijk Jan 29 '13 at 10:25
@gertvdijk That fixed it from what I saw! Thanks :) I really appreciate your help. Now that I have the answer I need, what do I do about this post? Sorry :| – user126753 Jan 29 '13 at 10:35
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I believe you've somehow messed up the system with two Nvidia drivers installed on the same kernel, as shown by the dkms status output. While the kernel module may load correctly, the "userland" Xorg part of the drivers are probably not matching the kernel module version now. Similar issue here: nvidia drivers fail completely after update to 3.5.019

The card you have (Nvidia GeForce GTX 690) is perfectly supported by the current drivers shipped with Ubuntu (304 series). Installing the experimental drivers and mixing up with non-packages is very likely to break stuff as you've noticed, and confuse the package management. Lesson for the future: stick with packages from Ubuntu and if you do install Nvidia's driver from their site, uninstall the Ubuntu package.

I've already written an answer to this very similar issue/question posted. From the comments you reported this to be working. So, here is the reference to the answer:

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