Ubuntu – Geforce Go 7300/7400 Blacklisted, Can I Still Run Unity


Unity won't run on my new Ubuntu 11.04 install (with a Nvidia GeForce GO 7400). Ubuntu classic desktop works though, I tried all different drivers provided in the repositories.

Doing SystemAdministrationAdditional Drivers gives me a warning :

This driver is activated but not currently in use.

I even tried the Nvidia driver from the official Homepage.

After some googling, I found the tool /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p which tells me that my card is blacklisted. The other tests show a green yes.

Is this a bug? Or is my card too old which would be pretty surprising for me 😛 ?


Best Answer

We blacklisted Geforce Go 7300/7400 because of some freezes at startup with the "nvidia-current" driver.

It seems that unity 3D can run with the "nvidia 173" driver with those card. However, you will get some slowness, you are warned!

So, to workaround the detection at startup, you can:

  1. sudo nano /etc/environment
  3. Save the file with Ctrl+X
  4. reboot

Ensure you are choosing the "ubuntu" session in gdm (default). This will bypass the detection and try to start unity 3D.

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