nVidia GeForce 210 on Ubuntu 11.04

Recently I bought a nVidia Corporation GT218 (GeForce 210) graphics card however I was surprised to find that it didn’t actually work straight away after installing it into the motherboard in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty).

the reason this happens is that Ubuntu doesn’t ship the latest version of the nVidia binary driver (for stability reasons). This is an issue as the version that Ubuntu ships does not work with the GeForce 210.

However this is not a reason to worry, it is very easy to fix 🙂

Step 1 : Remove Nouveau Drivers

In order to install the newer nVidia drivers without issue, it is wise to remove the free Nouveau drivers. To do this, open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau

And then reboot to make sure everything goes smoothly 🙂

 

Step 2 : Install new nVidia Drivers

You can download the new nVidia drivers direct from nVidia, however one issue is that the driver kernel modules won’t be rebuilt when your Linux kernel is updated.

Instead, install them from the Ubuntu X Swat PPA (fancy name for the team that manage all things graphical in Ubuntu) and you get the latest stable drivers, and additionally they are rebuilt with every kernel update.

To do this, open a terminal and type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates

sudo apt-get update

And then:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings

Once this is complete, restart your computer and all should work! You can configure any specific graphics settings with nVidia X Server Settings found in Applications > System > Administration.

 

Help something went wrong!

If anything goes wrong, don’t worry. Boot up your computer and hold down the SHIFT key so that the GRUB Boot Menu appears. Then choose the top-most entry that contains “(recovery mode)” using the arrow keys and click ENTER.

Then using the dialog that appears, select Reconfigure graphics, and then select the entry to reset the graphics configuration to default. Then you should be able to boot correctly again 🙂

 

References

http://askubuntu.com/questions/4954/how-to-get-nvidia-geforce-gt-210-drivers-working-on-lucid-lynx

http://askubuntu.com/questions/3024/good-nvidia-drivers-for-ubuntu/3027#3027

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Linux first to offer USB 3.0 driver

Doesn’t that just say it all?

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Why Not to Put Windows 7 on your netbook

Hehe, Microsoft just keep making it worse for themselves. Look what they published today:

“Microsoft has said that the Windows 7 Starter edition won’t feature:

– Aero Glass, meaning you can only use the “Windows Basic” or other opaque themes. It also means you do not get Taskbar Previews or Aero Peek.
– Personalization features for changing desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes.
– The ability to switch between users without having to log off.
– Multi-monitor support.
– DVD playback.
– Windows Media Center for watching recorded TV or other media.
– Remote Media Streaming for streaming your music, videos, and recorded TV from your home computer.
– Domain support for business customers.
– XP Mode for those that want the ability to run older Windows XP programs on Windows 7″

* No Desktop Effects – That’s strange, on Linux we have a thing called Compiz that works on netbooks, but I suppose Microsoft have my best interests….

* No Personalization Features – Well silly me, all these years I thought it was my computer and I had the freedom to customize it. What was I thinking…

* No Fast User Switching – Even weirder, I can do that on my netbook with Ubuntu and the FUSA…

* No Multi-Monitor Support – So does that mean I can’t plug in an external monitor and use it as a second desktop? Oh I don’t even care anymore…

* No DVD Playback – This is possibly the only justified point, however it doesn’t allow me to plug in an external drive…

* No Windows Media Center & No Remote Media Streaming – No media for me!

* No Domain support for business customers – Why even bother putting this on the list? What percentage of the netbook market is business customers? it just makes this already huge list look longer.

* No XP Mode – Well I suppose it is MY FAULT for wanting the use a program that works perfectly well until you brought Windows 7 out…

Well at least Windows 7 has removed the 3 application limit ?!

Free Software in a Nintendo DS Game!

A while ago, I completed a game called Soul Bubbles for the Nintendo DS (good game by the way) however recently I discovered something very important in the ending credits.

During the section where the developers thank others, there is section thanking developers of free software! A screenshot of this is below:

It says:

Thanks to all the developers who worked
on the following Free Software:

Qt
GTS - The GNU Triangulated Surface Library
Libxml2
CQuantizer by Jeff Prosise & Davide Pizzolato
Inkscape

Wow that is first time I have noticed Free Software getting press on a console!! What makes it even better is that the game was actually really great to play, proof that free software = good games (if we ever needed one :-] ).

Below is a video of the section in the credits:

Microsoft Makes Me Angry


I suppose it is appropriate that just after watching Louis Leterrier’s ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (great movie) that I should see something that makes me angry.

Microsoft has just announced their ‘specification list’ for Windows 7 Starter on netbooks. The list basically states that Windows 7 Starter will only be allowed on machines that:

* Have a screen smaller/equal to 10.2 in
* Have no more than 1GB RAM
* Have a maximum HDD size of 250GB/ SSD size of 64GB
* Have a single core processor no faster than 2Ghz

I’m sorry but who do Microsoft think they are? Who are they to tell computer manufacturers that they don’t have free choice on their hardware? I fI buy Windows 7 Starter and put it on a dual core desktop, will I be breaking the law?!

This is a new kind of arrogance even more Microsoft, somehow they think because they are a large Software maker, that they now own all computing markets?

Not only are they being awkward, but they are now prohibiting the development of netbook technology. What manufacturer is going to want to incorporate a dual core ATOM in their netbook, or a large HDD, or a new SSD, if they:

* have to put Windows on their device, as Microsoft have convinced everyone that anything else is a cancer
* have to pay more for the version of Windows (ie. Basic rather than Starter)
* will suffer reduced performance because of using said version of Windows

Thanks Microsoft, as a result of your arrogance, the netbook market has just stalled and no new technologies will ever come out.

It sure is a good time to be a Linux user.

Via [Computer Buyer]

Linksys, WUSB54GR Wireless-G USB Adapter, Ubuntu Linux

Recently I purchased a wireless USB adapter for my PC, as it is now no longer within easy reach of an ethernet cable.

I bought a Linksys (Cisco) WUSB54GR Wireless-G USB Adapter off ebuyer for £10.00 and it works fantastically with Ubuntu Linux 8.10+

I literally had to plug it in and it started working straight away, no problems at all.

I highly recommend this product to anyone using Ubuntu and hopefully this post should show up high in Google when anyone wants to find out how well the product works with Ubuntu.