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this may sound redundant; however, have you checked the nvidia x server setting wizard found in the system/admin menu? This should allow you to change the resolution if your now using the nvidia driver ( assuming it is active ).
also, I would like to know if you have full sound function ( i.e.: your head phone and mic jacks work ). Please check. I am having issues with my machine in the same area. I just cant seem to get the correct model. Anyways, hope your not getting to frustrated.
I have done that myself on another install. you could always try it. after you do that, assuming you laptop has hdmi out, you can do the same with alsa and pulse and get audio out to your hdmi connection!! I did it on my laptop. However, you still didnt tell me if you were able to change the resolution using the nvidi x server settings applet. Please check that.
In settings menu at system/admin menu? - the setting cannot be changed - It show a max res as 1280x720
Also, the refresh rat is zero - and does not detect monitor.
In the nvidia settings - it shows the "the driver is active - but not in use" (The button to "deactivate" is active)
Just now tried connected a headphone+mike and works fine. All sound config also active.
Yes, it is odd. Fedora worked just after install - and at the correct resolution.
Opensuse 11.3 DVD did not work - (it went blank on the laptop) - so, I installed 11.2 and it just worked - at the right resolution. - but I have not checked what drivers.
I tried to install the nvidia drivers as in the web8 link. Did not work - maybe because we have blacklisted them? Yes, there should be a way to get this right!! will keep trying.
At present, it is working on 1280x720 resolution - it looks fine, but a little more "real estate" vertically would be fine! general graphics looks ok - so, I can manage - but would like to get it right! willing to redo everthing - but stop at re-installing..
PS - Yes, it has HDMI out - it works fine on Fedora. Not on Suse or Ubuntu.
Perhaps a good idea would be to go over all steps again. I only say this because the only reason that the driver would be "active" but not in use is a driver conflict ( more than one is trying to load ). IMHO.
So, a list again:
We needed information on the actual card installed in the unit,Checked to see what video driver(s) are loading at boot
lspci -v | grep nV
Tried to get info about the monitor being used with read-edid. You can check out david underhills blog to see what you will need to do to rectify any issues with the edid and resolution lock.
While I am sure you performed all of these steps, please go through them one more time. Follow in order. I am thinking that nouveau may still be loading. I realize we blacklisted nouveau in the nvidia portion of modprobe.d; however, perhaps nouveau actually needed to be blacklisted in the blacklisted.conf file. Let me know how it goes. Any out put you put up helps in further debuging your issue. Speaking of which, did you happen to take a screen shot B4 while the desktop was messed up ( i.e.: "wrapped" ). Sorry this is taking so long. I have usally been able to get a fix faster than this.
Ok, don't worry. I will go over this and come back. Let me take a little time over this. Meanwhile, remember, the original problem has been already solved. Now we are taking time to just fine-tune it. I will come back with all the details tomorrow.
2- Installed driver from site. On reboot - same status as before.
So, we can conclude there is something we are missing or it is a design problem.
As an aside, I installed Alpha Ubuntu-10.10 on another partition. On reboot, it gave an option to install nvidea drivers. At the site, it clearly mentioned that the new driver was compatible with this graphic card. I opted, installed and rebooted. It picked up the driver, there as a few flashes on the monitor and a window came up that this can only operate in low resolution mode, and went back to 1280x720 resolution! What do you make of this then?
I am marking this thread as solved, because the original problem was anyway solved first up. But, I may want to contact you on this later, if I may?