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I'm using XFree86 on Sarge. Last week I reinstalled my system as I wanted to undo some errors on partitioning (/ too small ). That went fine, but for some reason I couldn't get the kernel-sources of the standard kernel (2.6.8) properly installed so I build my own 188.8.131.52 kernel from the kernel.org sources. I needed that to install the nVidia drivers for my FX5200 card, which installed fine, but now my screen is shaking! I noticed this was also the case when I first re-installed when XFree86 used the nv driver. After I switched to the vesa driver the screen was stable. I tried to reconfigure X, but that didn't help. I tried the xvidtune utility, invoked as root, but that gave some vague 'permission denied' message and didn't change anything. Using the vesa driver is really not a long-term solution, why would I install the nvidia driver in the first place, right? (I need the nvidia driver to properly run Google-Earth and such) Anyone any idea's?
Last edited by Dutch Master; 09-16-2006 at 06:33 AM.
For some reason the forum engine failed to pick up your reply as new :-\ Oh well, I hope you're still here
First, it's not Xorg, it's XFree86 (the older version). I'm using a 15" LCD, which is actually properly recognized by the nvidia driver, for the first time! But you're right, I've noticed the vesa driver has a 71 Hz refresh rate, the nvidia driver has 75 Hz! Unfortunately, there's no way I can change this (or I don't know where to find it in the XFree86 config file :-\)
I tried xvidtune both as regular user and root, and both times I received the mentioned 'permission denied' notifications... Thx for pointing me in the right direction btw!
Worth mentioning that I've modified XFree86 config files before, previous versions of the nVidia installer didn't work quite as good as this one I've changed back to the vesa driver, just changing the "Driver" option from nvidia to vesa in the Device section, w/o touching anything else in that file. And the screen is stable again... :-\