Can't start X on F12

Steve zephod at
Sun Jul 4 14:44:52 UTC 2010

---- Doron Bar Zeev <doronbr770 at> wrote: 
> > I'm running kernel and I have an nVidia 8800GT
> > graphics card. The xorg.conf shows me using a vesa driver.
> >
> >
> try use nouveau instead of vesa

Thanks for the suggestion but I have already tried that. When I replace vesa with nv in xorg.conf an error message appears in Xorg.0.log saying

The PCI device has a kernel module claiming it.

and X can't find a screen and stops. 
A strange thing that I noticed is that when I use the vesa driver, even when I boot into single user mode I get nouveau messages in /var/log/messages such as this:

[drm] nouveau 0000:04:00.0 Detected an NV50 generation card (0x092888a2).

What is an NV50 generation card? Could its driver be blocking the video driver?


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