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Old 03-23-2007, 07:13 PM   #1
Ken V
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Checker Board display ? what to do?


Monitor background deteriorates into a peculiar checker board pattern.

To clear it, I have to right click desktop > Configure Desktop > Background > change > apply

Then presto! every thing is clear for a while.

No background, background, picture, ect . . . it doesn't matter. I have to actually change the back ground for it to refresh? redraw?

SuSe 10.2 new install & updated
Monitor: Dell D1028L
Display: STB Velocity 128 Nvidia / SGS Thompson (Joint Venture)

I am finding SO many settings and options for the display I haven't a clue, and have not seen this in any postings or have I found any specific updates for this card. There are a lot of updates for Nvidia but I cant find it referencing my card anywhere. Is there a simple fix or setting that needs to be changed. That would be great. Hopefully, I'll not need a different card. Every thing works fine in win98se, even the 3D.

If you need to see it let me know and I will send you a small image.

Thanks
Ken
 
Old 03-24-2007, 10:18 PM   #2
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It is possible Suse installed generic drivers for the card and you need to get drivers from either Suse repos or from Nvidia (if it is nvidia, never heard of that one). Check the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf and see if it is using "vesa" driver or "nv" or "nvidia". Not sure what to recommend if it is using vesa, may have to go to nvidia's site and see if the Linux driver can be used with it. There's a good chance it can. Also, in xorg.cong, see what refresh rate it is using, you may just need to set the proper refresh rate which can also be set by right clicking the desktop and selecting "configure desktop/display", but I know some of my distros won't give me the right refresh rate options, so I choose the closest one.
 
Old 03-25-2007, 12:51 PM   #3
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Configure desktop display shows:
screen size: 800x600
Refresh rate: 90Hz

copied from /exe/X11/xorg.conf

Section "Device"
BoardName "Riva128"
BusID "1:0:0"
Driver "nv"
Identifier "Device[0]"
Screen 0
VendorName "NVidia / SGS Thomson (Joint Venture)"
EndSection


Section "Monitor"
DisplaySize 250 184
HorizSync 29-70
Identifier "Monitor[0]"
ModelName "D1028L"
Option "DPMS"
VendorName "DELL"
VertRefresh 50-120
UseModes "Modes[0]"
EndSection


Section "Screen"
DefaultDepth 15
SubSection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "800x600" "768x576" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "800x600" "768x576" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "800x600" "768x576" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "800x600" "768x576" "640x480"
EndSubSection
Device "Device[0]"
Identifier "Screen[0]"
Monitor "Monitor[0]"
EndSection
 
Old 03-25-2007, 05:31 PM   #4
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Allot of sections look alright, you have the Linux nvidia driver. Just the monitor section appears to have some funny things, like the size -> 250x184 which is like a small laptop, it should be 300x225. Here are the specs:

http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...4779/specs.htm

You can try this command as root and try using defaults during the questioning except for something you know is wrong:

system-config-display --reconfigure

Now this is just me, but I would tamper a little with some settings in here if it's the same after the system-config thing, like changing the size of the monitor and try some different default depths, my 17" CRT uses 16 at 1024x768, you might want to right click on the desktop and select "Configure your desktop" and in the "Display" section, pump up the resolution to see if it helps. You have better graphics capabilities than my old computer that uses better settings, your settings appear pretty low. If these step fail, you should look into installing the Nvidia drivers from Suse first, if they don't have, go to Nvidia's site and get the Linux drivers that end with ".run". You have to be in init 3 to install that one.

Last edited by Junior Hacker; 03-25-2007 at 05:33 PM.
 
Old 03-27-2007, 03:49 PM   #5
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I wish I had read your last post a few hours earlier . . . I had tried to increase the depth and everything would just melt down until I could get back in and reset it to 15bits (run level 3 > root > SaX2 or >Yast.

So I tried to install the newer Nviada drivers. Missed the part about runlevel 3, and killed my X-system. SaX2 wouldnít even start, not even with the Ėr option. I have a book with several suggestions for the command line to start SaX2 when you canít get into the X-system. Yast would not even open the page to change the monitor & graphics card settings. I was able to read some of the logs and it appeared that on booting the system was unable to find any driver or hardware. To me was strange, it could find enough to have runlevel 0-5 but no GUI, X-system

So, I am reinstalled again. At least Iím getting good at reinstalling.

Thank you
Ken
 
Old 03-27-2007, 05:11 PM   #6
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I'm an "expert" at re-installing. lol!
 
  


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