Ubuntu 13.10 and GeForce 8200

Update 2015-04-24: Installing 15.04 from scratch worked perfectly.
Update 2014-11-02: Upgrading from 14.04 to 14.10 worked perfectly.
Update 2014-04-27: Upgrading from 13.10 to 14.04 worked perfectly.

As I have written before, Ubuntu has been a little tricky with a GeForce 8200. How about 13.10?

Well, the Live CD (which is a Live DVD, because it does not fit on a CD anymore) works just fine, using the Nouveau driver. That is good news.

I upgraded my 13.04 to 13.10 – upgrade was fine, but X (or whatever it is in 13.10) did not start. I had to do:

  $ sudo apt-get purge nvidia-173
  $ sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-nouveau

That took me to the login window, but after that, black display. At this point I tried a few things, but decided to make a clean install of 13.10 instead.

The clean install went fine. After logging in the first time I logged out again, closed down lightdm and restored my home directory from backup (using rsync). To my surprise, after startig lightdm logging in did not work – just as after my upgrade. It turns out that after deleting ~/cache and ~/.config/xfce4 I could log in again! So, my clean reinstall was probably never needed… I will not know.

Finally, I can mention that to enable Ubuntu One in Xubuntu 13.10, the only thing I did was install ubuntu-one-control-panel-qt. Since I had restored my old home directory, both my Ubuntu One settings and my Ubuntu One files were already there, and it worked perfectly.

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