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Mar 18


I bought a new Dell 660s for learning Linux! It is Intel i3, 4 GB, 500Gb HD, 23" dell led display and a nVIDIA GT 620 video card. I chose Ubuntu 12.04 LTS amd64. It is freshly installed.

I added a PPA source (see https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-x-swat/+archive/x-updates) and installed the package nvidia-current and then rebooted.

The video card works on 1024x768, instead of native 1920x1080. Only resolutions of 1024x768 and 800x600 can be chosen in the system settings. Even worse, when I Ctrl+Alt+F1 to F6, all the ttys are blank. In fact, I tryed many times and read many texts online. All I can do now is to try to ask here for help. enter image description here

Mar 19


I changed driver from ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates to ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa (see https://launchpad.net/~xorg-edgers/+archive/ppa). And installed the post-release one. driver

Now desktop display resolution is better. And now, I press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to F6, the screen is not that blank but changed to a black screen with only a blinking prompt as '_'. The TTY is not working still. Dell 23"

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To get the very latest Xorg and nvidia driver for Ubuntu 12.04, you should install the X-edgers PPA.

Please go to their page and read their disclaimer.

However, I do use this PPA in production on AMD and nVidia workstations and latops, and it's working well.

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see my updated comment , thanks –  ArchTauruS Mar 18 '13 at 17:30
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You should not put the instructions on how to add their PPA directly on on ask Ubuntu. X-Edgers asks clearly that you should point to their page, because they want to be sure that users read their disclaimers!!! –  ttoine Mar 18 '13 at 17:36
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