Fixing suspend/hibernate issues with the Nvidia GeForce FX Go5200 on Ubuntu 11.10

After returning from a long hiatus on the Ubuntu Forums, I promised another user that I would post the final solution to his graphics problem on my site so no one else would go through the same problem he did. Here we go…

The Nvidia GeForce FX Go5200, included by default in the Dell Inspiron 8600, doesn’t seem to agree with Ubuntu 11.10 suspend process. Other solutions have been traced to HAL in the past, but that has been mostly phased out of Ubuntu. As far as I know, it has been traced down to a problem with Xorg and its problem with AGP access.

In case you can’t get to the login screen during this process, have the following instructions ready! Write them down if you have to!
At the blank screen, press Ctrl-Alt-F1, and login with your normal credentials.

sudo rm /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-nvidia-suspend-fix.conf

Reboot with

sudo reboot


All we have to do is run

gksudo gedit /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-nvidia-suspend-fix.conf

and paste in

Section "Device"
Identifier "NVIDIA Corporation NV34M [GeForce FX Go5200]"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "NvAgp" "1"

and save and reboot. Pray, my friend. Pray.

One thought on “Fixing suspend/hibernate issues with the Nvidia GeForce FX Go5200 on Ubuntu 11.10

  1. I’m using an Nvidia 5200 agp on Ubuntu 12.04 386, and it wouldn’t wake from sleep. But then I added your line to xorg.conf in device section:

    Option “NvAgp” “1″

    And then it woke from sleep, back to the desktop!

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