tty not working with nouveau disabled

markfree's picture


Hi guys.
I was trying to install nVidia's linux driver ( with their automated script but had some issues regarding tty not opening after I disabled Nouveau.
My current Debian is 7.4 64 bits.
I did the following:

> Stoped the X service, as it will not start with X started.
# /etc/init.d/kdm stop
Went to console using ctrl + alt + F1

> Then, I started nVidia's script
# sh

> After beginning the instalation process, there was error saying that Nouveau could not be enabled during instalation, so it asked me to stop it by adding the following conf file:
# /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-graphics-drivers.conf

> Ok. After that I rebooted and was back to gdm3 login.

So, when I try to open the console with ctrl+alt+F1 it just takes me to a blank screen with blinking cursor and nothing else, then I have to come back using F7.
Gdm actually opens as X is started but if I login and stop X to install the driver it leaves me with that blank screen again.
My assumption is that the tty is not openning becuse Nouveau is blacklisted by nVidia's conf file, but what can I do to make it work?
Am I skipping any step?

Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

Non-free drivers

IntnsRed's picture

I recently had the misfortune to install a Win7 system from scratch. It's been years since I've done that and all I can say is "Wow" -- it has not improved much in those years. I was shocked that I had to dig up and go download not only a network driver, but tons of other drivers. All it all it was a hair pulling experience, and that's not just because it was a while since I had done that.

Suffice it to say, I don't know what your problem is, but having played with proprietary, non-free software drivers in the past, I make it a point that I only shop for graphics hardware that has free software drivers. It makes life just so much easier. I'm guessing that the driver/installer is not switching between the various graphics modes properly, but that's just a guess and won't be much use; so I can just hope that you stumble onto the solution.