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March 5, 2008

Ubuntu Hardy and NVIDIA

Filed under: NVidia, Tuxicity, Ubuntu — tuxicity @ 2:06 pm

Basically nothing has changed but….

In all their wisdom the developers of  Ubuntu have decided to leave the nvidia-settings out of the menus of previous Ubuntu versions after installing nvidia.

Crazy of course but in Ubuntu Hardy the Developers got wiser….

nvidia-settings is now a separate package.

So in Hardy  if you use nvidia and nvidia-settings, also:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-settings

Oh and about nvidia-settings in the menu?
Its there now.




  1. but it seems without the right permissions … xorg will not be modified

    go back to terminal and type “gksudo nvidia-settings”

    Comment by matthias — March 13, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

  2. I am somewhat of an ubuntu Novis. I have two monitors that worked fine with Nivia card and when I upgraded to the first Alpha of Hardy, everything worked. After this last upgrade though, my video settings were destroyed.

    I typed gksudo nvidia-settings and it said you do not appear to be using the nvidia x driver. Any suggestions?

    Comment by Steve — March 14, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

  3. “I typed gksudo nvidia-settings and it said you do not appear to be using the nvidia x driver. Any suggestions?”

    I have the same problem too. Please help!

    Comment by Dan — April 30, 2008 @ 2:06 am

  4. It seems there is a problem in hardy with some nvidia drivers (see bug reports)

    Comment by dragoon — April 30, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

  5. I have found out that you need to use the new beta drivers from nvidia.


    But for some reason i cant install them. When i run them from terminal after exiting X it says theres something wrong with my kernal or something. i dont know how to fix this, because i’m a noob.

    Comment by Klas — May 3, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

  6. I am having the same issue. I was running 7.10 and it was working perfectly. 3 nights ago I decided, very hesitantly I might add, to upgrade to the full 8.04. It messed up my dual monitor completely. I set it to use restricted NVidia drivers and nothing, still at lowest resolution. I went through several websites on fixing this and none of them worked. I even tried Envy which appeared to do its thing but on reboot exact same issues I had before. when I run nvidia settings it tells me I dont appear to have nvidia drivers installed. But I have done the nvidia-xconfig and it updates my xorg. I have spent 3 days on this issue to no avail. I wish I could just go back to 7.10 without completely reinstalling, at least it worked fine.

    Trying to install the beta drivers it gives me 2-3 errors about not finding a matching kernel etc etc. When I try the –twinview –enable-all-gpus it says it doesnt know how many gpus I have. I have yet to get a “working” nvidia driver even though the restricted says Im using them. Any help is appreciated…

    Comment by Jason — May 12, 2008 @ 3:31 am

  7. Very similar experience here, Jason. I did a Gutsy -> Hardy update, and I’ve not been able to get my nvidia drivers properly installed/configured. I’ve tried several different cookbooks I found on the web. Envyng didn’t do it, manual install of the driver from the nvidia site didn’t do it (compile incompatibility between 2.6.22-14 & 2.6.24-16) and restricted manager is a bust (no installation candidate). My once-potent workstation is now annoying the crap out of me. My first bad experience with Ubuntu — I wish I’d never clicked that upgrade button…

    Comment by nohit — May 15, 2008 @ 5:57 am

  8. Got it! Sometimes talking about your problem will help you solve it…

    The point about kernel compile compatibility made me realize what was going on: for some reason grub was still loading my old kernel!

    Run uname -r. If you’re on Hardy and it still says 2.6.22-14, you’re probably seeing the same thing I saw. The fix? Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst — global replace “2.6.22-14” with “2.6.24-16”. Double check that you do in fact have the 24-16 kernel in /boot. Reboot.

    If need be, run envyng or whatever nvidia install program you like. Run nvidia-settings to configure. Enjoy.

    Comment by nohit — May 15, 2008 @ 6:16 am

  9. Bingo thanks so much that was exactly it. It works great now!

    Comment by Jason — May 17, 2008 @ 3:34 am

  10. I’ve got the 2.6.24-16 running. But I can’t install the NVIDIA drivers correctly because it fails when trying to build a kernel with: you don’t have libc (but I DO have libc6 ubuntu version).

    Any ideas?

    Comment by Dave — May 19, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

  11. I wish I had an idea. I’ve done most of what people are suggesting here with no success. I wish I’d never upgraded, Hardy is the WORST RELEASE OF UBUNTU EVER.

    Comment by Larry — June 1, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

  12. Dave use Envy to install the Nvidia drivers for you:


    Comment by Paul Weiss — June 3, 2008 @ 7:01 am

  13. Larry do you have libc-dev? You need the *-dev packages when compiling packages yourself. How about build-essential?

    Comment by Tom — June 5, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

  14. Thanks. Worked for me after Gutsy -> Hardy upgrade had lost my nvidia-settings command. I use it to increase my screen resolution to 1024×968.

    Comment by Varun — June 21, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

  15. If you’re still having problems with nvidia-settings, check to see if the xserver-xgl package is installed. Removing that package cured several ills that I’ve had since upgrading to Hardy.

    Comment by Chris — June 30, 2008 @ 12:29 am

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