I originally posted this issue here : http://gosforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=445
First off, I want you all to know that I am *very* new to gOS, Ubuntu
and the like.
Here's my issue, gOS will not allow me to "enable" the restricted
driver for my nvida card. To make things more complicated, or strange
however you want to look at it. I wiped out WinXP last week, and was
wanting to experiment with Ubuntu, I installed it, played with it for
a few days, removed it, and installed Kubuntu. I played with Kubuntu
for a few days as well, then as luck would have it, I found gOS which
seems to be exactly what I am wanting.
Now, when I was using Ubuntu and Kubuntu, it allowed me to enable that
restricted driver, which caused everything to look and flow better.
But when I try to enable it on gOS, I get an error and it will not
I tried using EnvyNG - no luck
I went to nvidia's website and d/l a driver, and when I tried to
install that, it told me that "X server is running, shut it down
first" - ? not sure how to do that.
gOS is currently running very "stuttery" at the moment, and I am sure
it's because I can't enable that driver (ubuntu and kubuntu ran
on board sound
gOS is the only thing installed on it
it's an older machine, but I want to experiment on it rather than my
new laptop and desktop.
Nonsense, for gOS this is a "high end machine", It runs "stutter-less"
on machines half the clock speed, and a quarter of the RAM.
gOS doesn't use all the features per default of a nVidia card, but it
DOES recognize the card, and should have a working driver for it
already (except perhaps when its very-very-new). To turn it on you
need to set the right monitor type, and acknowledge the recognized
For that you need the program "screens and graphics", unfortunately
its normally hidden, you have to "unhide" it with another program, a
"menu editor", called main-menu. Look in the configuration section of
Its NOT common for Linux to manually install drivers, Drivers (like
video drivers) are incorporated into the kernel, and to add drivers
you need to replace the kernel, with one compiled with the specific
driver added, which is something only the experts do when compiling a
Drivers can be added afterwards, but there normally never a need for
it (except perhaps for wireless (WiFi) drivers, as there is a lot of
change in that field.
So installing drivers yourself is simply not a typical task for a
normal user, as gOS normally can work with all common hardware, out of
the box (as you don't have to own the hardware to get the driver).
Thank you for your response, I have set the monitor as you stated, but
it still refuses to enable the restricted driver.
I also go through the "Screens and Graphics" to manually choose my
video card, nothing changes. I took some screenshots, I am at a loss
on how to proceed, I have scoured other websites on possible fixes,
would you have any idea why it refuses to enable the "restricted
driver" in gOS, when it did accept it in Ubuntu and Kubuntu?
*if you visit the original post, I posted some screenshots, to be
quite honest here, I am frustrated to the point of givning up on gOS
and going to Ubuntu. I don't want to do that, because gOS is exactly
what I am wanting, any help anyone can provide would be appreciated