Nvidia – Fix GPU Lockup on Ubuntu 12.04


I was able to install Ubuntu 12.04 using the alternative version of the image, (64 bit) but when I start the system it tells me the GPU locked up, and instead presents a text only screen.

I understand that this site is not for bug reports, but at the same time, I know that there are some versions of the installer than have to be compatible with my graphics card (Nvidia GTS 360M).

I assumed that the mere fact that the alternative installer ran was an indication that I could get some sort of graphical interface running after the install.

Is there some way of getting some type of graphical interface running on my machine? Even better would be is there a way to get the rest of the system running as normal (i.e. GPU up and running)?

If an internet connection is required to download driver support or something similar, directions for how to configure a wireless connection with WPA2-Personal protection from the text-only interface (bash).

Any help would be appreciated.

Note: I was able to find this which tells me that the card is supported.

Note 2: In the install software stage of the install, I was unable to install anything (no internet connection)

Update: The exact error message is [8.591394] [drm] 0000:01:00.0: GPU Lockup - switching to software fbcon

Update 2: If I try to install with the regular version of Ubuntu, the screen goes staticy. This also happens if I install with Wubi (distasteful I know) and then try to use Ubuntu.

Update 3: I've tried xforcevesa, nomodeset and xforcevesa nomodeset as my wubi boot options.

Update 4: Thanks to jokerdino, I can now connect to the internet, so internet tools would now be a possibility.

Best Answer

Install the Nvidia proprietary driver. In a console do:

sudo jockey-text -e xorg:nvidia_current

Then reboot.

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