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Old 09-02-2008, 04:41 PM   #1
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Dell Latitude D630 - Nvidia Quadro NVS 135M


The basic information first:

Distro: Fedora Core 9
Kernel: 2.6.25.14-108.fc9.i686

Problem:

I have been jumping around the web for the past 2 days trying to get this video card (nVidia Quadro NVS 135M) to work properly. The solution that seemed most popular was using kmod-nvidia from livna.org. I added the repo and downloaded the appropriate packages. If I open up nvidia-settings it shows that my resolution is 1440x900, which is correct. However, if I go System > Administration > Display it says my resolution is 1024x768 with an unknown monitor / graphics card.

Looking at my screen it doesn't feel like it is showing 1440x900. Everything seems a bit large but this could possibly be a mental thing. Attached is my xorg.conf. Please take a look and let me know any suggestions.

I have tried manually manipulating the configuration but it still looks the same...

Code:
# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig:  version 1.0  (buildmeister@builder57)  Thu Jul 17 18:39:19 PDT 2008

# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "single head configuration"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
    ModulePath      "/usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/nvidia"
    ModulePath      "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
    Option         "AIGLX" "on"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# keyboard added by rhpxl
    Identifier     "Keyboard0"
    Driver         "kbd"
    Option         "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option         "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "Unknown"
    HorizSync       30.0 - 110.0
    VertRefresh     50.0 - 150.0
    Option         "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Videocard0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Videocard0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option         "TwinView" "1"
    Option         "RenderAccel" "True"
    Option         "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
    SubSection     "Display"
        Viewport    0 0
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
    Option         "Composite" "Enable"
EndSection
 
Old 09-02-2008, 05:07 PM   #2
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I see one problem you need to config your monitor
 
Old 09-02-2008, 05:12 PM   #3
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On Cent OS its in the Kmenu under System - Display
it might be the same under your OS
now if it is Tab over to Hardware and click on Configure next to Monitor type select the correct monitor
do the same for your Video card type and it should fix it
 
Old 09-02-2008, 07:32 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply.

Yes - This xorg.conf was generated by Nvidia. If I manually adjust the monitor / video card within the Gnome display settings I can only select from what is given. For monitor I have tried setting it to Generic LCD 1440x900 but after restarting X it still doesn't allow me to change the Display Resolution past 1280x1024.

I'm guessing I need to force the display settings to allow 1440x900 but I'm not sure how.
 
Old 09-02-2008, 08:38 PM   #5
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I wouldn't use the Generic LCD display driver if you can select your lcd brand its much better than the generic ones
 
Old 09-02-2008, 08:44 PM   #6
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oh also try restarting the computer sometimes x doesnt respond to an x restart on the res like
Quote:
CRTL+ALT+BACKSPACE
 
Old 09-03-2008, 03:21 PM   #7
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I wouldn't mind choosing a more specific monitor from the list provided but I'm not sure what manufacturer Dell uses for their laptops.
 
Old 09-04-2008, 02:46 PM   #8
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I see a Dell... Well I Would try this to find out what model it is
got to ebay.com and type in "Dell *Model # here* Screen" if nothing replace "screen" with "display" or "LCD"
Ebay is a good resource for finding out what displays are in laptops Dell wount tell you snap
 
Old 09-15-2008, 10:51 AM   #9
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exact same issue

Hey, I have the exact same issue on the same hardware/os. I searched high and low and did not find a viable solution but I did see a supposed fix, which was to add the kernel boot parameter "maxcpus=1". This is obviously not desirable since it means you cant use both cores, but it is supposed to stop the crashing. Apparently this is a bug dealing with the kernels scheduler.

If you do find any more info about this I would be VERY interested, so be sure to post!!

Good luck
 
Old 09-15-2008, 11:09 PM   #10
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Nothing Yet...

I put the system to the side for now... I actually loaded Ubuntu 8.04 on the system shortly after and with the build in Hardware Drivers utility it grabs everything right off the bat! Including those blasted Dell wireless drivers.

If I ever do find a good fix I'll be sure to post an update. Hopefully Fedora implements some of the hardware support that Ubuntu is allowing. Unfortunately I don't that that is going to happen.
 
  


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