Nov 09

Linux shuts down after approximately two minutes

Recently i installed a S6760 notebook from MM Vision. Its a rebranded Clevo Notebook.

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it, but to unfortunately the notebook restarted itself after around two minutes. Looking in the logs a line suggested that it had to do with the nouveau driver for Nvidia graphics.

Here is what i did to get rid of the problem.

  1. Hold down shift during boot, now you get to the grub menu press ‘e’ for edit
  2. Find the line starting with linux, at the end add “nouveau.modeset=0” without quotes
  3. Press F10 and the system boots and voila it does not shutdown

Now you need to add this permanently to linux:

  1. Open a command prompt
  2. Edit the file /etc/default/grub for example with nano
  3. Edit one line, it could look like this:¬†GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash”
  4. And after you have edited, it looks like this¬†GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash foo=bar nouveau.modset=0″
  5. Now save the settings (ctrl+x in nano)
  6. And save with the command “sudo update-grub”

And restart.

This does not give you a good driver for your Nvidia Geforce GTX card, but it lets you start and find a better suited driver without having only two minutes to fix it before the system reboots.


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