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Old 01-24-2008, 12:54 PM   #1
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Cloning monitor screen/nVidia/X-server problem


Hi, can somebody please help me out here, I'm (almost) brand new to Linux, I've got Kanotix Thorhammer 2007 installed with WINXP (both on separate hard-disks). Linux was fine until I tried to set up my graphic card (Nvidia GeForce2 MX/MX400) for “clone” view (works perfectly in Windows) under configure/display/driver/enable twin view. It told me to restart X-Server....big mistake! X-Server starts, machine only goes into “console” mode up to login and won't boot Linux. So I log in, but now what? I should add that the CD version of same Linux recognises my graphics card (from the “Info Centre”). Please somebody explain to me how I get Linux back up and how to then configure graphics card for Clone / Dual View. Much obliged
 
Old 01-26-2008, 07:29 PM   #2
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Your GNU/Linux is just fine. You just successfully messed up your X server configuration.

Log in as root and roll back your contribution to /etc/X11/XF86Config (or maybe /etc/X11/xorg.conf). Restart your X server (not your computer). Then follow instructions at

http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_nVidia_TwinView
 
Old 01-27-2008, 01:31 PM   #3
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I used install-nvidia-debian.sh -dt and it brought me back into Kanotix Sorry, does this mean I have to somehow edit the xorg.conf file? I'm lost! Is there a script for this, and for x server?

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Old 01-29-2008, 08:43 PM   #4
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default x config

Try reconfiguring this file /etc/X11/xorg.config
to this configuration:

# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us+inet"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nv"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
EndSubSection
EndSection

# End of file
 
Old 02-02-2008, 03:38 PM   #5
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I've decided on a Kanotix fresh install, to ensure a “normal” xorg.conf. I've reinstalled Nvidia drivers and set up graphics card for TwinView Clone. I've entered following values in xorg.conf...“SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50", "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60" and changed “Composite” to “SVideo”. With resolution of 1024 x 768 I get nothing on TV. Monitor will only clone to TV with resolution 640 x 480, TV is in b/w and both screens are irregularly shaped. Here is relevant section of xorg.conf


# Auto-generated by KANOTIX mkxf86config

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
Option "DPMS" "true"
VendorName "SAM"
ModelName "SAM1d73"
HorizSync 30 - 54 # DDC-probed
VertRefresh 50 - 120 # DDC-probed

Section "Device"
### Available Driver options are:-
# sw_cursor is needed for some ati and radeon cards
#Option "sw_cursor"
#Option "hw_cursor"
#Option "NoAccel"
#Option "ShowCache"
#Option "ShadowFB"
#Option "UseFBDev"
#Option "Rotate"
# more speed for beryl/compiz
Option "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "1"
Identifier "Card0"
# The following line is auto-generated by KANOTIX mkxf86config
Driver "nvidia"
Option "RenderAccel" "0"
Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "1"
Option "RandRRotation" "1"
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "1"
Option "DisableGLXRootClipping" "1"
Option "TripleBuffer" "1"
Option "UseEDID" "1"
Option "UseEdidFreqs" "1"
Option "DynamicTwinView" "1"
# Option "ModeValidation" "NoDFPNativeResolutionCheck"
# Option "UseDisplayDevice" "DFP"
Option "Coolbits" "1"
VendorName "All"
BoardName "All"
#BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Card0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultColorDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
Option "TwinView" "true"
Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
Option "MetaModes" ""
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
Option "MetaModes" ""
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "1"
# Option "RENDER" "1"
EndSection


Can somebody please check this out for me? I could also use a complete beginners guide to setting this cloning up (it was so much simpler on Windows). Is it possible to set up cloning on CD “live” install using Nvidia drivers? I'm at a complete loss here and considering Ubuntu as an alternative, it has to be easier! Thankful for all help offered
 
  


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