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Old 01-22-2005, 08:37 AM   #1
Pandarsson
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failed video mode on new video card


I had a perfectly working boot splash and graphic mode console (I think it was 1024x768) on an old video card (MSI GeForce MX 4). I upgraded the card to a Mad Dog Dominator GeForce FX 5500 and now receive an "undefined mode number" error when I boot, forcing me to choose 80x25. In fact, choosing anything other than 80x25 still gives me 80x25 viewable text except that the bottom goes off the screen (however many lines in the lines column over 25).

I've done nothing but change video cards and I haven't found any similar problem through Googling.

My system:

SuSE Linux 9.1, kernel 2.6.5-7.108-default
AMD 1.2 ghz CPU

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Old 01-22-2005, 09:52 AM   #2
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Are you using the 'nvidia' driver, or 'nv', or 'vesa'?

Try reinstalling the nvidia driver, http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_d..._1.0-6629.html
 
Old 01-23-2005, 11:01 AM   #3
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I'm using 'nvidia'.

Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, it didn't make a difference.

It's really odd, because there are no problems in X. Perhaps the brand of video card is the problem? Is there a way for me to find out?
 
Old 01-23-2005, 04:39 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by Pandarsson
Is there a way for me to find out?
Maybe. Try:

$ /sbin/lspci -v

Here's what I get at the end of that output:
Code:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV15DDR [GeForce2 Ti] (rev a4) (prog-if 00 [VGA])
        Subsystem: VISIONTEK: Unknown device 0034
        Flags: bus master, 66Mhz, medium devsel, latency 248, IRQ 11
        Memory at dc000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
        Memory at d0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
        Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled] [size=64K]
        Capabilities: <available only to root>
Although, I don't think the nvidia driver cares what brand is on the card. Uh, wait a minute, you said it's a Mad Dog Terminator.

I changed video cards recently and had to reinstall the nvidia driver. I went from a clunky GeForce4 MX to a peppy GeForce2 Ti.

Don't know what else to tell ya.

Edit: Oh, I guess you were saying 'find out' if that brand is the problem. And I doubt it.

Edit 2: Also, speaking of video, xdpyinfo shows some interesting stuff also.

Last edited by itsjustme; 01-23-2005 at 04:43 PM.
 
  


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