I am using an Asus U35JC with a Nvidia GeForce 310 M graphics card.

System info says that my graphics card is unknown. When I install any of two additional drivers and run sudo nvidia-xconfig* and reboot, after grub it just stops loading the operating system. However, I can still login via tty1 and change /etc/X11/xorg.conf and restore the backup. (Before I figured this out I reinstalled Ubuntu every time.)

Thanks in advance to anyone who views this.

*: got the idea from: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xserver-xorg-video-nv/+question/163996

  • What does it say when you go in to the text recovory mode and type "startx"? – zookalicious Oct 24 '11 at 12:53
  • i am going to try now. just to make sure: i shall do this on the terminal when it doesn't load the os right? – timuçin Oct 24 '11 at 16:07
  • When in grub, select Ubuntu - Recovery mode and choose "root prompt". From there you can enter startx. – zookalicious Oct 25 '11 at 0:19
  • it says it can't create lock file. couldn't copy because it was on terminal. by the way i can only login through terminal with my own username. i have to login as guest to use gnome – timuçin Oct 25 '11 at 17:50
  • but that's probably because i tried sudo startx before i logged in as root – timuçin Oct 25 '11 at 17:56

as per a comment on the question

ok chowned my home and it's ok now. i am starting over. properly this time

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Try to boot using the -nomodst- option when booting. This helps a lot of instances of not booting properly.

Ubuntu tutorial here

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