Been using linux off and on for a while now, and I have never had a graphics card issue until now. Built a new PC, was running Windows 8.1 on it. Ran just fine, I was able to pull 1920x1080 all day long with no issues. Install Ubuntu 14.04 to make the final push away from Windows and I have had these graphics card issue for the last 3 days.

System Specs:

i7 4790k 16GB DDR3 256GB Samsung EVO Pro Asus Stix GTX970 Asus Sabertooth (no embedded graphics)

AOC F22 Monitor 1920x1080 @ 60HZ

I installed various Nvidia drivers and I can not pull 1920x1080. 346 will only allow for 800x600 resolution 352 will only allow for 1024x740 (or something). I tried adding the 1920x1080 resolution using xrandr, and I received an error message and I was not able to do it.

I have read a ton of different Nvidia driver install guides (to many to list) and I have never been able to pull a 1920x1080 resolution.

I want to stick with linux, however this has really pissed me off. Any assistance would be awesome.

Xrandr Output:

Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 800 x 600, maximum 16384 x 16384
DVI-I-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DVI-I-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DVI-D-0 connected primary 800x600+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
   800x600        60.3*+
Unknown-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

Ubuntu Drivers Output:

ubuntu-drivers devices
== /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.0 ==
modalias : pci:v000010DEd000013C2sv00001043sd00008508bc03sc00i00
vendor   : NVIDIA Corporation
driver   : nvidia-346-updates - distro non-free
driver   : xserver-xorg-video-nouveau - distro free builtin
driver   : nvidia-346 - distro non-free recommended
  • Any ideas? I am really stuck on this. – neothorn Oct 11 '15 at 15:39
  • How is your monitor connected to the video card? Are you using an HDMI, DVI, or VGA? – Petronilla Escarabajo Oct 12 '15 at 2:01

One thing you can try is to install the NVIDIA drivers from nvidia.com

  1. Download the driver from http://www.geforce.com/drivers
  2. Go to your downloads folder, right click on NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-355.11.run, and select Properties. Click on the Permissions tab and place a check mark in Allow executing file as program.
  3. Open up Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T).
  4. In Terminal type the following to edit the blacklist.conf file inorder to blacklist drivers that will interfere with installing the NVIDIA Drivers:

    sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
  5. At the end of the blacklist.conf file add the following lines:

    blacklist nouveau
    blacklist nvidiafb
    blacklist rivafb
    blacklist rivatv
    blacklist vga16fb
  6. Press Ctrl+O to save the file. Followed by the Enter key to confirm.

  7. Press Ctrl+X to exit Nano and return back to the Terminal.

  8. Next, we need to remove any NVIDIA drivers already on the system by typing the following command in Terminal:

    sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia*
  9. Restart Ubuntu and return to the login screen.

  10. Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to a virtual console.

  11. Enter your user name and password to log in. Note that when typing in a password, you will not get an indicator on the screen like asterisks.

  12. Stop the display manager running in Ubuntu by typing the following command:

    sudo service lightdm stop
  13. Type the following command to install the NVIDIA Drivers:

    sudo ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-355.11.run
  14. From here, press Tab followed by Enter to accept the license. And then did the same to select 'Yes' and 'OK' all the way to the end. I also let the installation run the nvidia-xconfig to update my X configuration file.

  15. Once everything is installed, reboot Ubuntu by typing the following command:

    sudo shutdown -r now
  16. Your PC will reboot with the new drivers installed, and hopefully you get the full 1080p resolution.

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