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I have a linux HTPC (running XBMC) in my living room.

This morning I ssh'ed into the machine and did upgrade it to 10.10. When it finaly resarted it says something about running in low quality graphics and eventually returned to a command line login prompt. I ssh'ed in again and did a sudo reboot now. When it came back on this time the image is rapidly scrolling from the top to the bottom of the screen. I guess the installed driver doesn't quite work with the S-Video port on which the TV is connected.

previously it was working right with the nvidia proprietary drivers. How can I install thoses without using the GUI tool that comes with Ubuntu?

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nvidia-xconfig will write a new default configuration file. You can then test it from there. If you need to edit the new file it will be located under /etc/X11

To install the drivers is sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx-xxx where xxx is the version whether it is 96, 173,185 depending on your card.

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Tanks Casey, I suppose I'll have to install some package to get the drivers. Anyone know which package? –  Mathieu Pagé Oct 12 '10 at 19:09
    
Just added that part. Sorry I left it out. You may also want to check out Nvtv TV Out to help you finetune the S-Video –  Casey Keller Oct 12 '10 at 19:12
    
Thanks, it worked! –  Mathieu Pagé Oct 14 '10 at 18:49
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jockey is the tool used in Ubuntu to manage 3rd party drivers, particularly proprietary ones like the Nvidia drivers. In addition to the gui tool, it has a text based utility for manipulating drivers as well, jockey-text from the jockey-common package. To list what drivers jockey thinks are available for your hardware use jockey-text --list; e.g.:

jockey-text --list

returns (on my system with an ATI graphics chipset):

xorg:fglrx - ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver (Proprietary, Disabled, Not in use)

To then enable it, do sudo jockey-text -e DRIVER, thus in my case, to enable the fglrx driver, I'd do sudo jockey-text -e xorg:fglrx.

See jockey-text --help for more information (sadly, there doesn't appear to be a man page for it).

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ubuntu-drivers replaces jockey tool for the new Ubuntu releases. –  el_Salmon Jul 6 at 16:13
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