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Old 03-01-2010, 10:12 PM   #1
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Ubuntu and Nvidia GT 8600 Video Card Problems


This is my first post here ever as I am a total Linux newbie (I am a also a Mac OS 10.6 user). I recently installed Ubuntu on a PC with a Nvidia GT 8600 video card. The monitor is a LCD TV/ Computer Monitor (Toshiba). I really am impressed with the OS of Ubuntu so far and would like to explore the possibilities of Linux. However, the problem is the known issue with the video card. My monitor after downloading and installing the driver will only show a portion of the screen. (I have been using remote desktop on my Mac to be able to see the whole screen and control Ubuntu.) I have been reading forum posts and websites about how to resolve the known problem. I have tried using Envy, also trying to configure the driver in the terminal based on various website's and user's suggestions. As a am a total newb I haven't been able to figure it out. I then, decided I'd try Linux Mint (Yes, I know it is based on Ubuntu) because I had read that this distribution was more compatible with Nvidia. However, it still hasn't solved the problem. Is there a distribution that is more compatible? Or is there a solution that a newbie would be able to implement? Thanks for your help!

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Old 03-02-2010, 03:45 PM   #2
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Hullo Stephg,

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However, the problem is the known issue with the video card. My monitor after downloading and installing the driver will only show a portion of the screen.
I'm not sure if I can help or not, but it may be useful to know just which video driver you installed.

Cheers,
Terry
 
Old 03-02-2010, 03:52 PM   #3
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for offering to help! I installed the default driver recommended by Ubuntu (the 185 Nvidia Driver) and later through Envy.
 
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I have that card talking out to a 22" LCD monitor at 1920x1080 just fine via DVI (Fedora12, not Ubuntu). Are you sure you have the TV resolution set appropriately ?.

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Old 03-04-2010, 03:52 PM   #6
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Hullo Stephg,

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Thanks for offering to help! I installed the default driver recommended by Ubuntu (the 185 Nvidia Driver) and later through Envy.
I think the recommended driver for that card is now 195.xx, but maybe the 185 driver is OK for that card, and Ubuntu is just a bit slow in providing the updated drivers.
I would check Nvidia sites to be sure, but it is probably a less likely cause of your problems than (say) your card/screen not being recognised correctly.
Do you have an /etc/X11/xorg.conf file?
If you don't, then you might be able to cajole the system into doing the right thing by installing one which defines the screen and display modes that you want.
Have a bit of a snoop about, there are probably sample files available for your screen somewhere.

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