After more than five years of setting up Ubuntu on various computers, for the first time I am at the verge of giving up on a case.
The issue is setting up proper graphics drivers for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960. The default Nouveau driver does not seem to recognize resulutions above 1024, I don't think it will support multi-monitor, and overall I think I will get suboptimal performance. That leaves the official drivers from NVIDIA. I tried installing them from the "Additional drivers" utility in Ubuntu. Installation seems to finish without errors. I then reboot, get a quick Ubuntu splash screen (little progress bar of dots on a purple background), and then it drops to a completely black screen with a little blinking prompt line in the upper left. It never seems to move on from that, so the only option is to reboot. This will then lead to the same place, unless I go to recovery mode and purge everything NVIDIA.
- This was all done on a clean install of 14.04 and 15.10 (I tried both).
- Monitor is connected with DisplayPort.
So I am out of ideas, and am hoping that someone here might help. If someone knows a way of setting up multi-monitor with Nouveau, that could also be an alternative.
Things I have tried:
Boot flag "nomodeset" (in fact seens to be necessary to boot at all with 15.10)
Boot flag "acpi=off" (This leads to a stop at the purple screen, instead of the black screen)
List of relevant hardware:
CPU: Intel i7 5820K (Haswell)
Motherboard: ASUS X99-A
RAM: DDR4 2133MHz
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX960 2GB
Errors I have seen here and there at boot/install. Not sure about relevance:
- "acpi pcc probe failed"