I recently installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop. It installed successfully, but whenever I boot into it, after the GRUB screen I get a text TTY. I can log in with that and enter command-line commands.

I have tried:

  • running startx. After initializing extensions, it tries to load extension GLX and then has a fatal error, "no screens found". Looking at /var/log/Xorg.0.log shows that "Screen(s) found, but none has a usable configuration."

  • running sudo Xorg, which did the same as startx.

  • removing and reinstalling xserver-xorg with apt-get. This ran successfully but didn't seem to change anything.

  • doing sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg, which seemed to have no effect and didn't output anything.

  • running gnome-session, which says that it "could not open X display".

  • running sudo service gdm restart, which makes the screen flicker a few times and then seems to have no effect.

  • looking at /etc/X11/xorg.conf, but that turns out to not exist.

  • changing the "Configured Video Device" in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe to use fbdev instead of vesa. This seemed to have no effect.

  • removing ~/.Xauthority, which also seemed to have no effect.

Other relevant facts:

  • I added nomodeset to the GRUB boot options. Not doing this causes the screen to just go black and stay black.

  • The laptop had UEFI which made installing Ubuntu difficult, but that seems to be disabled now.

  • The graphics card is Nvidia GEForce GTX, 670M and 30GB.

I can't easily post log files here because I have no way of getting them off the computer short of typing them up manually. I'm a newbie, so if there's a workaround please share!

Thanks for all help! :)

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