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Apparently Ubuntu and NVIDIA graphics cards don't get along. This is because I have received a multitude of issues while trying to install and use my NVIDIA GTX 750Ti graphics card.

ISSUE 1:

I cannot get the monitor plugged into my graphics card, to display anything that looks like a GUI. This has lead me to attempt to install a graphics driver, which has lead to several other problems.

ISSUE 2:

Every time I attempt to install a driver, it has either done nothing (I still can't plug my monitor into the graphics card) or it has broken my install to the point where I have to reinstall Ubuntu from a bootable USB

Note:

A terminal installation is preferred, because my MadCatz gaming mouse doesn't work correctly, and every time I fix it, something deletes/renames/clears the xorg.conf in X11.

Also, the way I have been able to see Ubuntu, is using a second monitor that is plugged into the motherboard, and by switching the main monitor between the graphics card and the motherboard

  • How are you installing the driver (official apt package, PPA apt package, installation script from NVIDIA)? – Karl Richter Mar 24 '15 at 19:50
  • @KarlRichter I think I've tried them all, but I distinctly remember using PPA and the installation script – Orfby Mar 24 '15 at 19:52
  • Ubuntu version(s)? NVIDIA driver versions? PPA URL? A description of what you see if preferred over a description what you don't see ("anything that looks like a GUI"). What does sudo dkms autoinstall show? – Karl Richter Mar 24 '15 at 19:56
  • @KarlRichter Ubuntu Version: 12.04, NVIDIA Driver Version: 346, PPA URL: No idea, I just followed a tutorial, sudo dkms autoinstall: I can check but I'd need to boot Ubuntu, Description: Depends on the situation, on my most recent attempt at installing NVIDIA, all the windows were big black boxes which I couldn't move... (continued to new comment) – Orfby Mar 24 '15 at 20:04
  • @KarlRichter When I boot with the monitor plugged into the graphics card, I get the BIOS screen, the GRUB window, then a black screen. If after that I plug the monitor into the motherboard, I get the normal Ubuntu loading screen (if a NVIDIA installation didn't screw it up) – Orfby Mar 24 '15 at 20:06
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You're suffering from the xorg bug 1405696 of the NVIDIA driver version 346. You can watch the status of the bug until it changes to Fix committed to use 346. Meanwhile you should stick with 340 by running sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nvidia-340. In your case you might be obliged to type it blindly to try to install the driver in a chroot. The PPA versions are experimental and it might happen that such dramatic issues occur.

  • When I try sudo apt-get install nvidia-340 I get the error: unable to locate the package nvidia-340 – Orfby Mar 26 '15 at 18:36
  • Actually, don't worry I added a ppa to download it – Orfby Mar 26 '15 at 19:08

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