I've just installed 10.04 LTS using the Windows installer. The system hangs during boot; the splash screen is frozen and it accepts neither Ctrl+Alt+F2 nor Ctrl+Alt+Del, only a hard reset. (I'm a linux noob.)
When I edit the default Grub boot option to omit
quiet splash, it gets to the point saying
* setting sensors limit [OK] _
and there it stays.
I can only get to the desktop using the Grub recovery boot option, of course with a lower resolution (800×600) but everything else seems to work fine.
As I said, this is a new install. The only thing I've done is to use the Update Manager to get everything up to date, and activate the newest Nvidia driver using the "Hardware drivers" window.
I had a similar problem when I installed 9.04 a year ago, and at that time posted this question with an answer that worked – this doesn't work with 10.04. Running nvidia-xconfig to create a new xorg.conf didn't fix it either (while in Recovery boot).
The "Hardware Drivers" window just states NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version current) [Recommended]. I tried Jonathon's tip about uninstalling the driver and removing the conf file, to see if it can reboot in the normal mode but it just came back into recovery mode.
/etc/X11/xorg.conf doesn't exist.
I don't know the exact version of the Nvidia driver. The "Hardware Drivers" window just states
NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version current) [Recommended]. Also, There is no
/etc/X11/xorg.conf, but there is a xorg.conf.failsafe which doesn't say much.
This question mentions nvidia-96. Would that be relevant in my case?
As per Jorge's answer, I've now installed
nvidia-glx-185 but afterward
nvidia-xconfig doesn't exist (
sudo: nvidia-xconfig: command not found). There is still no
/etc/X11/xorg.conf file. However, I rebooted anyway and the normal mode (not failsafe) works! Now I got the desktop in 1024×768, which is a huge improvement already. I looked for the xorg.conf after reboot and it still doesn't exist.
Added: Would this be a useful driver? I tried downloading it but instead of a save-as dialog I got a looong page full of php or similar…
I tried Jorge's suggestion of nvidia-glx-185 but didn't manage to get it into 1280×1024. I then tried the version 260.19.29 linked above, but that quickly became very complicated and I ended up somehow breaking my installation (and my Windows boot as well, but I realize it's my own fault). I've now gone away from a Wubi installation and I'm writing this on a brand-new 10.10 installation on a real partition.
So, let's start over: Should I install the nvidia-glx-185 again, and then what?