Re: Newbie video problems

James Takac wrote:
After the splash Ubuntu screen, I see about four of the login screen
horizontally, and it goes down about 80% of the screen, with gibberish
underneath that. The screen has "untuubuntuubuntuubuntuub" going across,
with 4 logos, and a half username box, 3 username boxes, and another half
username box.

Ok, sounds like the driver have been switched to either the wrong one or wrong

Use CTRL-ALT-F1 to get a console. You'll have to login there. Don't worry that
it wont echo the password, that's normal

next type "sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf" without the quotes. You'll be asked
for your password again. Scroll down to where you see the graphic card
idintified. You should see something resembling the following

Section "Device"
Identifier "Generic Video Card"
Driver "nv"
Busid "PCI:1:0:0"
Option "AddARGBVisuals" "True"
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
Option "NoLogo" "True"

What does yours list there? Take note more so of the driver here.

Below that will be the monitor and default screnn areas. Might help to report
back what they say as well

At the very worst, where mine says "nv" can be replaced with "vesa" just to
get a working screen. For nvidia cards it's usually "nvidia" for 3d support
or "nv" for 2d acceleration

When making a change use CTRL-O to write back to disk. CTRL-X will exit back
to the prompt at which you can type "sudo reboot" to reboot the system for
changes to take effect for now

Do you recall exactly what you did before things went awry?

I was going to suggest exactly the same thing, but realised you can do
the same thing in a way that may be easier for a new user by running


get a terminal using ctrl-alt-f1
log in as a normal user.
sudo -i
and type your user's password to become root.
then type:
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

This will start a text mode menu system which lets you reconfigure the
graphics card. If you say yes whenever it asks you to autodetect
something, and choose the selected option the rest of the time, you
should get a working configuration. If not, try setting the driver to
'vesa' instead of (probably) 'nv' when that option comes up.

You need to type:
/etc/init.d/gdm restart

to restart the graphics system (x server) after you've changed the
configuration. You shouldn't need to reboot.

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