I would really appreciate your help in trying to configure my Nvidia-340 driver on an acer aspire z5610. I am a noob with linux but have picked up quite a lot over the last few days. Right now I feel like a dyslexic Neo throwing 1’s and 0’s at the screen tho. My brain is fried.
After a clean install everything looked good except that the resolution was 640px and i could not change it in the display settings. I followed advice about installing the nvidia drivers and after a reboot my screen flashed white, black, then bands of primary colours.
I rebooted into a root shell, and did a combination of purging, updating etc (i cant remember the order) and I got back to screen displayed with 640px.
I can see in the Alternative drivers GUI that i have drivers, the NVIDIA-340 and the X.org Nouveau, but selecting either one makes no difference.
Also if i go to System/Nvidia X Server settings, again using the GUI interface then nothing is displayed in the popup window which should list the nvidia settings.
I don’t know if this is an issue, but I had to set ACPI=off to install as I have an old BIOS, as i have noticed some people say the driver issue is related to UEFI, however I have no such settings in my BIOS.
What I find strange is that when I tested Ubuntu Disco from the USB (with ACPI=off, otherwise it would not work) the screen displayed properly.
I am sorry for the rather jumbled explanation as to the changes I have made, and the order I have done them in. I am sure that you can remember what it was like as a noob finding searching for one issue leads to or creates 20 more!!!
I have taken pics on my phone of various errors along the way, such as
‘The repository does not have a release file’ (after apt-get update)
*-display UNCLAIMED (top line after sudo lshw -c display)
ERROR: missing module or file name (after I made a cup of tea!!!)
The instructions I have followed along the way seem to have worked for other people in forums like this.
I am happy to generate error reports and upload them if that could help. I am determined not to go back to Windows, which currently takes several moons to boot up.
Any and all help is appreciated. Kind Regards in advance.