Well, I have a problem when try to login into my session of Elementary OS and have connected the video card Nvidia Fx5200, but I need the video card because if I disconnect the video card, the OS run very slow and I can't use.

I try to login to my session when the video card is disconnected, and I can login correctly!

My PC is:

Intel Pentium 4 3.0 ghz

Nvidia Fx5200 256mb

HDD 500gb

OS: Elementary Freya stable 0.3.1

Well, I think this is all

Please How I fix it?


  • Don't expect ancient hardware to work with elementary.What is your integrated graphics
    – Suici Doga
    Mar 17, 2016 at 5:46

2 Answers 2


The problem is that when you installed elementary os it configured x-windows to use your on board graphics card, with the Nvidia connected its still trying to use driver from the on board graphics card.

Connect the nvidia card and start up At the log in screen, don't log in. Press Ctrl+alt+f2 Log in with your username and password in the text terminal. Then run:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Reboot, enjoy. PS I would use the nouveau driver for that card, it will already be installed and is an open source driver for Nvidia cards with KMS supported automatically. You do not have to change anything.


Your Nvidia Fx5200 is nearly 12 years old now.Refer here. It's not supported by the Nvidia current driver anymore.

Use the 173.x branch of the driver.Refer here

  • Yeah I know, but my laptop is dead and I back to go to my old pc :( How I install this if I can't log? :S Oct 19, 2015 at 4:10
  • use live usb and use advanced options to repair system...I can't give exact steps,but have a try,please let me know what has happened =)
    – Ravan
    Oct 19, 2015 at 4:23
  • How I do that? haha sorry I'm noob Oct 19, 2015 at 4:31
  • how you installed elementary OS?
    – Ravan
    Oct 19, 2015 at 4:35
  • No, elementary OS are installed; how I install the driver of Nvidia from live usb! Oct 19, 2015 at 4:36

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