…and I had thought that installing a graphics card in a computer was as easy as opening the case, inserting the card, and booting the machine (then Xorg config etc). Well, to tell the truth, I just moved my HDD, peripherals (gfx card included) to a new box - now a Dell OptiPlex 755. But, it’s not that easy if you can’t boot your Ubuntu 8.10 OS!
The computer kept spitting this message out, even though it just worked a few days ago:
15.848000 NVRM: This PCI I/O region assigned to your NVIDIA device is invalid: 15.848000 NVRM: BAR1 is 0M @ 0x00000000 (PCI:0001:00.0) 15.848000 NVRM: The system BIOS may have misconfigured your graphics card. 15.848000 NVRM: The NVIDIA probe routine failed for 1 device(s) 15.848000 NVRM: None of the NVIDIA graphics adapters were initialized! 15.848000 NVRM: This PCI I/O region assigned to your NVIDIA device is invalid:
After much pain, I managed to get into the computer and have the network loaded up (yay). Some hours of searching, I’d stumbled onto Dell’s Official solution to driver updates (biosdisk); no luck because the boot disk wouldn’t load the EXE. Tried the official method from Ubuntu’s wiki; no luck since my BIOS couldn’t be found in the package repo.
Final ditch effort to do it manually led me to this: http://bigbrovar.wordpress.com/2008/12/07/upgrade-downgrade-your-dell-bios-on-ubuntu/
And, it works! Turns out on my system I didn’t even need to edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst file (BIOS just updates itself upon reboot).
And then, like magic, everything’s fine. My whole system is back working again after just that one (major) fix.
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