Update: Section 1 fixed?
Using: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/32493904/could-not-insert-nvidia-352-no-such-device, I was able to get the kernel to read as using nvidia.
I'm trying to install Ubuntu 15.10 with an Nvidia 7300 LE video card. I installed server. Then I ran
sudo ap-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop.
I saw some methods for installing drivers for nvidia cards but none that touched on my card and none that worked for my card.
What is a step-by-step guide to getting my desktop to show up with Unity on it? Right now, if I log in, the screen turns black after a few moments, then I get sent back to login.
Do I need to do something with my blacklist? If-so, how? What driver should I use, please?
Ideally, I could find some method of installing a driver and then getting the system to work properly with that driver. I'd prefer not to go through another full installation procedure.
~$ sudo lspci -vnn | grep -i VGA -A 12 05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation [GeForce 7300 LE] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller]) Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. [MSI] 7300LE PCI Express Graphics Adapter [1462:0345] Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 30 Memory at fd000000 (32-bit, non-prefetched) [size=16M] Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=250M] Memory at fc000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M] Expansion ROM at feae0000 [disabled] [size=128K] Capabilities:  Power Management version 2 Capabilities:  MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+ Capabilities:  Express Endpoint, MSI 00 Capabilities:  Virtual Channel Capabilities:  Power Budgeting <?> Kernel driver in use: nouveau
Done and re-done.
I'm not sure if I should be installing 304 AND latest, but that's what I've done (run both):
# 304 driver $ sudo apt-get install nvidia-334 # install the latest version $ sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
The last line says
Kernel driver in use: nouveau, and it should say
Kernel driver in use: nvidia, according to the link.
So, I tried:
modprobe -rv nouveau && sudo modprobe nvidia !modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'nvidia_304': No such device
This final line has me completely vexed. I'm positive it's a 7300 LE, which is certainly a 7-series. So, why is terminal lying to me?
[Fix?]: Well, I used https://stackoverflow.com/questions/32493904/could-not-insert-nvidia-352-no-such-device. Now it says the kernel is using nvidia; however, I have the same issue I started with, still (I'll upload a video).
After I type in the password at the ubuntu 15.10 login screen, the login dialog disappears, as does the top bar. The mouse cursor is still present....
After a fwe moments, "System program problem detected: do you want to report this problem? Report / Cancel" appears. I reported it.
The PC is running extremely slowly and clunkily. The desktop often turns black. I'm getting crashes for everything I open. It seems like a video card issue, to me. Then, the system restarts itself.