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Envy - now EnvyNG: Interface for the installation of ATI/NVIDIA proprietary drivers with automatic hardware detection ...

X-Kit: Xorg.conf Parser/Validator written in Python widely adopted in Ubuntu...

Nvidia-common: Python library for graphics hardware detection and Debconf helper to transition users from obsolete graphics proprietary driver to other drivers in dist-upgrades ...

URandR: It is a GUI to RandR 1.2 written in PyGTK. IT covers RandR 1.2 basic functionalities and aims to make multihead configuration as easy as possible for inexperienced users ...

Screen Resolution Extra: Better user notification and easier setup (using PolicyKit and X-Kit) of multiple screens layouts in case of front framebuffer constraints ...

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Envy Legacy - Frequently Asked Questions - Ubuntu 7.10 or lower

Table of Contents

A) How do I Install Envy?

1) Download and install the deb package:

double click on the deb package in Ubuntu (or Xubuntu) OR open Terminal or Konsole and type:

cd path_to_envy's_deb_package
sudo dpkg -i envy*.deb

2) Enable Ubuntu's "universe" and "multiverse" repositories. See Point E.

3) Make sure that all the dependencies were installed by typing:

sudo apt-get install -f

NOTE: if the dependencies cannot be installed you will have to enable the universe repository.

4) Launch Envy's GUI (inside a Desktop Environment such as GNOME,KDE, etc.) by selecting it in the "Applications/System Tools" menu

OR if you need to use Envy's textual interface you will have to type:

sudo envy -t
B) Can I use Envy if I had installed the Nvidia driver via Envy version 0.8.2 (or lower) or via the Nvidia installer?

Yes, you can, but you will need to follow these steps:

1) Remove the older version of envy (you can skip this step if you only used the Nvidia installer):

sudo aptitude purge envy
sudo rm -R /usr/share/envy

2) Download and install Envy's deb package

3) Log out and press CTRL+ALT+F1 (so as to get out of the Desktop Environment, i.e. you'll see ONLY the command line)

4) Log in (if required)

NOTE: you will NOT need to repeat the whole process next time you want to install the Nvidia driver (you should be able to use Envy's GUI)

5) Run Envy's textual installer by typing:

sudo envy -t

6) Choose to "Clean the Installation of any Nvidia driver" by typing "6" and press ENTER.

WARNING: if Ubuntu seems to hang on Ubuntu's splash screen you will have to press Alt+F1. (this usually happens on Kubuntu)

7) Then you can use the "Install" function.

NOTE: you will NOT need to repeat the whole process next time you want to install the Nvidia driver (you should be able to use Envy's GUI)

C) What happens if you are no longer able to access your Desktop Environment (because of a blank screen at boot)?

Boot in RECOVERY MODE from the GRUB Menu (select it using your keyboard) almost as soon as you turn on your computer (it will take you to the command line). Then you will need to type:

envy --uninstall-all

then simply type:


and boot as usual. On next reboot the Xserver should work fine (but you will use the open source driver)

D) What happens if I upgrade Ubuntu to a newer release (e.g. from Ubuntu Edgy to Ubuntu Feisty)?

You will only have to follow these steps:

1) Launch Terminal or Konsole and type:

envy --uninstall-all

2) Log out and press CTRL+ALT+Backspace (so as to restart the Xserver)

3) Log in and upgrade your Ubuntu installation

E) What shall I do to enable the required repositories on Ubuntu?

You will have to enable Ubuntu's "universe" and "multiverse" repositories.

Have a look at this page to see how you can do it (read where it says Enabling Extra Repositories on that page): Enabling Extra Repositories

F) What happens if the kernel is upgraded (e.g. via system updates)?

You will only have to follow these steps:

1) Restart your computer and the Xserver will crash (since it will lack a module).

2) Say No if the system asks you whether you want to see the output of the error to debug.

NOTE: press ALT+F1 if all you can see is a black screen

3) Launch Envy's textual interface from the command line by typing:

sudo envy -t

4) Install the driver again.

NOTE: make sure that the kernel headers (linux-headers) for that kernel are also installed.

G) Shall I uninstall the ATI/NVIDIA driver before I install a new version of the driver through Envy?

Envy will do it for you. However if you want to uninstall the driver, nothing bad will happen ;)

H) What happens when ATI or NVIDIA release a new driver?

You will have to wait for a new release of Envy to support that driver. UPDATE: it will never be updated because of my lack of time.