Last night I installed the Geforce 210 into my HP a6152n Desktop, in attempts to get Starcraft 2 just up and running (Not a HUGE gamer and I don't really need all of the bells and whistles).

The Computer booted fine while using the Nouveau driver by default, so I figured everything was good. I ran Starcraft 2 through PlayonLinux and Wine and the game boots correctly, the loading screen seems fine, until you get into the Battlenet login screen.

None of the text is readable! It's all white blocks, and it seems as if the background doesn't have all of the necessary graphics.

Bare with me, I'm a week new to Ubuntu.

So I start trying all of the "experimental" and proprietary driver included in Additional Drivers and none of them work. They all break Unity and the startup splash screen. The splash screen looks like it's from DOS, and When the computer boots it's resolution is way down, and there's no Dash or top bar for me to do anything.

Any advice is appreciated.

My setup:

  • HP a6152n
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
  • 3BG RAM
  • Nvidia Geforce 210 (Hopefully)

press Ctrl-Alt-t and try the following in the terminal:

sudo nvidia-xconfig

Reboot. If that doesn't do the trick run ccsm in the term and re-enable the unity plugin.

If ccsm is not installed run:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

If that doesn't help either I would suggest this:

remove nvidia

sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia


sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia-current

depending on the driver you have installed. If you want you can run both to make sure.


install ppa-purge in case the ppa doesn't work for you

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

add repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates

update package list

sudo apt-get update

install newer drivers

sudo apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings
sudo nvidia-xconfig


if it doesn't work out you can revert back with

sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates

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