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I understand its a very common problem to have display issues when first installing Ubuntu. I have visited coutless forums telling me dozens of different ways to get nvidia drivers ...
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    Nvidia drivers and display.


    I understand its a very common problem to have display issues when first installing Ubuntu. I have visited coutless forums telling me dozens of different ways to get nvidia drivers working and I'm still experiencing the same problems.

    1st. On ever boot and even on the install there was a message about being unable to detect display :0 and using display :1 instead. I get this message every time I boot.

    2nd. Once I install the Nvidia drivers (no matter which method I use) I try and access
    the settings and get presented with this message "You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just run `nvidia-xconfig` as root), and restart the X server." Ok so I sudo nvidia-xconfig, and log-off to resart the x server. Still presented with the same message.

    3rd. Once I have the drivers installed (although obviously not working) upon reboot I am presented with one of these messages:

    (EE)NVIDIA(0): Failed to load nvidia kernel modual!
    (EE)NVIDIA(0): ***ABORTING***
    (EE)Screen(s) found but none have usable configuration

    or something along the lines of:

    (EE)NV(0): Failed to detect available video memory

    Any help would be greatly apreciated. Thanks for your time.

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    post the output of
    Code:
    cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
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    Hello and welcome.
    Post the commands listed please and lets see if someone can get you some answers.
    Code:
    lspci |grep VGA
    Code:
    cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf |grep Driver
    Check this link too
    How to install popular proprietary software in Ubuntu
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    kmitnick:
    # xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
    # in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
    # here are ignored.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    # sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Configured Video Device"
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Configured Monitor"
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    Monitor "Configured Monitor"
    Device "Configured Video Device"
    EndSection

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    Mike Tbob:
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 9500M GS (rev a1)

    and no output for the second code

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    Quote Originally Posted by djaggar View Post
    Mike Tbob:
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 9500M GS (rev a1)

    and no output for the second code
    You should be able to follow that link I posted previously, did you try it? That's usually the easiest way to do it. The reason you got no output on the second command is because there is no driver installed.
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    run synaptic
    and install nvidia drivers
    backup the xorg.conf file
    Code:
    cd /etc/X11
    cp xorg.conf xorg_backup.conf
    and in Device Section add
    Code:
    Driver "nvidia"
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    I'm following the instructions on the forum but when I come to Enable restricted extras I get this message:

    Cannot install 'ubuntu-restricted-extras'

    This application conflicts with other installed software. To install 'ubuntu-restricted-extras' the conflicting software must be removed first.

    Switch to the 'synaptic' package manager to resolve this conflict.

    And I already followed the directions to enable extra software repositories.

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    Well try as kmitnick suggested.
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install nvidia-drivers
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    Hey guys, let me jump in here.
    I am by no means new to ubuntu/linux.
    However, I always have difficulty getting my dual head to work. Its like once I get it to work, I run update manager, and it breaks my config, and I cant fix it again. Quite aggravating. I have a weird situation where I cannot successfully get Twinview to work. Ive shown my xorg.conf to others. I've tried TONS of things in nvidia-settings with no luck. Nothing gets both monitors to work together like I know has worked in the past.
    # nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
    # nvidia-settings: version 1.0 (buildmeister@builder5 Fri Apr 17 00:40:57 PDT 2009

    # nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
    # nvidia-xconfig: version 1.0 (buildmeister@builder57) Thu Sep 18 17:19:17 PDT 2008

    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "Layout0"
    Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    EndSection

    Section "Files"
    EndSection

    Section "Module"
    Load "dbe"
    Load "extmod"
    Load "type1"
    Load "freetype"
    Load "glx"
    EndSection

    Section "ServerFlags"

    # Removed Option "Xinerama" "0"
    # Removed Option "Xinerama" "1"
    Option "Xinerama" "0"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"

    # generated from default
    Identifier "Mouse0"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Protocol" "auto"
    Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"

    # generated from default
    Identifier "Keyboard0"
    Driver "kbd"
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Monitor0"
    VendorName "Unknown"
    ModelName "CRT-0"
    HorizSync 29.0 - 81.0
    VertRefresh 54.0 - 76.0
    Option "DPMS"
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Monitor1"
    VendorName "Unknown"
    ModelName "ViewSonic VA1912wSERIES"
    HorizSync 30.0 - 82.0
    VertRefresh 50.0 - 85.0
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Device0"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName "GeForce 9800 GT"
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Videocard0"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName "GeForce 8500 GT"
    BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    Screen 0
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Videocard1"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName "GeForce 8500 GT"
    BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    Screen 1
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"

    # Removed Option "TwinView" "0"
    # Removed Option "TwinView" "1"
    # Removed Option "TwinView" "0"
    # Removed Option "metamodes" "CRT: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device "Device0"
    Monitor "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth 24
    Option "TwinView" "1"
    Option "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "CRT-0"
    Option "metamodes" "CRT-0: 1280x1024 +1440+0, CRT-1: 1440x900 +0+0"
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    EndSubSection
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"

    # Removed Option "metamodes" "DFP: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
    # Removed Option "metamodes" "DFP: 1440x900 +-1647638240+398001644"
    Identifier "Screen1"
    Device "Videocard1"
    Monitor "Monitor1"
    DefaultDepth 24
    Option "TwinView" "0"
    Option "metamodes" "DFP: 1440x900 +0+0"
    EndSection

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