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    Does Linux need video card support?

    Was running Ubuntu 10.04 on a machine with an Nvidia GeForce X1300 card. The card went bad so I went back to the integrated video on the motherboard. Now Ubuntu won't boot and I can't even do a fresh install. Does Linux have to be supported by the video card? Thanks.

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    Did you go into bios and enable onboard video before you booted Ubuntu?
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    Penguin of trust elija's Avatar
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    What do you mean by wont boot?

    If you get a black screen, and you had the nvidia drivers installed, you may be using the wrong driver. At the black screen, press Ctrl + Alt + F1 to drop to a console and then log in as yourself.

    run the following command

    sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.saved

    That's a capital x and two ones. This command will rename your X config file forcing an auto-detect when you reboot which you can do by running the following command:

    sudo shutdown -r now
    Last edited by elija; 10-10-2010 at 10:22 AM. Reason: correct switch in shutdown command
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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    It is very likely (almost a certainty) that your xorg.conf file is not configured properly for the on-board video. As mentioned by rokytnji, you first need to enable the on-board video in the BIOS, then when you boot it should put you into a text-mode login since it won't be able to start the X server. You then need to alter your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file by running the command "Xorg -configure". That will probe your hardware and write a new xorg.conf file for you. You should then be able to start the X server with the command "startx".
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