Installed drivers, but still cant change resolution
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Installed drivers, but still cant change resolution
Hi Again guys
I formatted and re-installed FC3, and used this guide:
12 March 2005
The currently available version is the 1.0-7167 driver from Nvidia.
Login as root to text console <CTRL><ALT><F1> (or F2,F3,F4)
disable X-server, install driver, re-enable X-server:
[root@charon ~]# init 3
(just hit enter if the prompt does not return)
[root@charon ~]# sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-7167-pkg1.run
EDIT /etc/X11/xorg.conf (see below)
[root@charon ~]# modprobe nvidia
NVRM: loading NVIDIA Linux x86 NVIDIA Kernel Module 1.0-7167 Fri Feb 25
09:08:22 PST 2005
[root@charon ~]# init 5
Note: A reboot is recommended, but may NOT be required.
If you had a previous Nvidia driver installed, it is recommended that you reboot to
RESTART the udev system.
Changes to /etc/X11/xorg.conf
add (if not already there):
comment out (add # in front of them, if they are there):
("glx" and "dri" were there for me, "GLcore" was not)
The 1.0-7167 driver seems to properly work with udev.
PROBLEM: (for version 1.0-6629 and older) The new udev included
in FC3 prevented the nvidia module from loading automatically.
The Recommended Fix:
# cp -a /dev/nvidia* /etc/udev/devices
# chown root.root /etc/udev/devices/nvidia*
Only if above does NOT work
ADD the following to the END of the file:
Other Kernel Issues:
If you update your kernel the NVidia driver must be re-installed to
match the new kernel.
to install the nVidia video driver for my GeForce MX420. I modified my files as shown in the walkthrough, and rebooted the computer. But I did not see any changes. I went into my Applications > Display and opened the drop down menu to change my resolution, but I could see only 2 modes - 800x600 and 640x480. These modes were still there before installing the driver.
Is there away to tell if the driver is running or not?
Why can't I change resolution?
Ive been trying all day to get the driver installed, and now that Ive got that done I really dont see any benifits. Im still stuck on 800x600.
Any Help Appreciated.
Last edited by brokenpromises; 03-22-2005 at 03:52 AM.
Look in your xorg.conf file again. You should see under your Section "Screen", the line Modes. Add whatever resolutions you need there.
I don't change resolution size ( keep mine at 1280x1024 ), so this next part may be sketchy. I believe you can cycle through your resolutions using ALT+CTRL++ or -, the + to increase res the - to decrease.
Because my kernel was newer than nvidia had drivers for, a few months ago when I tried installing, and since I don't run 3D apps on my comp I haven't tried. But at one point NVidia used a splash screen when you restarted your X, if you see the splash screen you know you're good. Otherwise, just play a 3D game ( there's a scroll shooter, can't remember the name ), good FPS means it's installed, 1 or 2 FPS and you know it's not.
I added the mode "1024x768" to the xorg.conf, but I still cant see it in the resolution changing drop down menu. I deleted all other modes and just kept 1024x768, but I still couldnt see 1024x768 in the menu. Instead the resolution defaulted to 640x480.
When I opened my xorg.conf to see what happened, I saw that there was a line called "load dri", which was supposed to be commented out. But there was already a commented out "#load dri" which leads me to think that the driver is not installed.
At no point during boot do I see a "nVidia" splash screen.
What is the problem? Do I need to delete the files and start over? The installation process went without problems, but I dont think the driver is running. I dont have any 3D apps at the moment.
How many FPS am I supposed to be getting in"gltest"?
Any help appreciated
Last edited by brokenpromises; 03-22-2005 at 02:14 PM.
I don't know what drop down you're talking about, but I can generally tell what resolution things run at...in a similiar thread, someone opened up Gimp and created a window in the resolution he wanted and found that his linux install was fibbing to him with regards to the resolution he was seeing.
Anyway, as far as I know, if you only have 1024x768 as the mode in your file, it's either going to be that resolution, or it's going to be a black screen.
There's no need to reboot in order to get the resolution inside your xorg.conf, just hit CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE, that will restart your X session.
When I got home I realised that I didnt have any games installed, so I went into the package manager and installed TuxRacer.
After the installation completed, I opened tuxracer and it simply refused to open. It "loaded" for a little while (when your mouse icon changes) and then just went away and never did anyhting. Rebooting did not fix it either.
Now im stuck with 800x600 and without a 3D application.
Any help on How to Change my Resolution and how to check if the driver is running will be highly appreciated.
I also tried changing resolution using CTRL+ALT++, and CTRL+ALT+- and the only 2 available modes were 800x600 and 640x480
Please Help? :'(
Last edited by brokenpromises; 03-23-2005 at 05:14 AM.
But I am still unable to see any other resolutions other than 800x600 and 640x480 in the menu. When I cycle through the available resolutions (using CTRL ALT +), the only two available are 800x600 and 640x480.
And as for the "lsmod" and "modinfo nvidia" commands:
Distribution: Fedora Core 3. also testing mandrake
Howdy brokenpromises I once had a similar problem as you are having now I installed a new video card into my computer and got stuck with 800x600 resolution what I did was turning off the xserver by entering command line as root and type "init 3"
When the xserver was turned off then you log in as root again and type the command "system-config-display" then you should get some grapical interface again where you can adjust some settings for your display including the resolution.
When you are done setting your resolution and perhaps changing some other settings there if you like. you press ok to exit
then you should be at the console again then you just have to type "init 5" to get your graphical server back up and running and it should be running the resolution you adjusted in configuration program.