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Old 02-26-2007, 11:25 AM   #1
lgtrean
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Resolutions, sound, network connectivity, and confusion


Hi,

If these topics have been addressed I apologize for asking. I did the best to search prior to writing.

I tried four Linux distributions.
How come only one had working sound out of the box?
How come one didn't recognize my network card?

My Computer:
- Dell XPS/Dimension 400/9150
Motherboard:
- CPU Type Intel Pentium 4 630, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
- Motherboard Name Dell DXP051
- Motherboard Chipset Intel Lakeport i945G/P
- System Memory 2048 MB (DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM)
- BIOS Type Phoenix (05/30/06)
Network:
- Network Adapter Intel(R) PRO/1000 PL Network Connection
Display:
- Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 6800 (256 MB)
- 3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce 6800 PCI-E
- Monitor Dell 1905FP (Digital) [19" LCD]
Supported Video Modes:
640 x 480 76 Hz
800 x 600 76 Hz
1024 x 768 76 Hz
1152 x 864 76 Hz
1280 x 1024 75 Hz
Multimedia:
- Audio Adapter Creative SB Live! 24-bit Sound Card


Below are the results of trying four different distributions on this computer:
Ubuntu 6.10:
- Internet connection? YES.
- Display set up to highest resolution? NO. Highest Video Mode achieved was 1024 x 768.
- Sound working? YES.

Slackware 11:
- Internet connection? YES.
- Display set up to highest resolution? NO. Highest Video Mode achieved was 1024 x 768.
- Sound working? NO.

Debian is 3.1:
- Install failed to detect Network Adapter, Intel(R) PRO/1000 PL.
Therefore, setup did not continue.

SuSE 10.1:
- Internet connection? YES.
- Display set up to highest resolution? YES. Highest Video Mode achieved was 1280 x 1024.
- Sound working? NO.

How come only one had working sound out of the box?
How come one didn't recognize my network card?
Thank you very much for taking the time to read my question.
Have a great week!

Last edited by lgtrean; 02-26-2007 at 11:36 AM.
 
Old 02-26-2007, 11:44 AM   #2
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Hi lgtrean!

The first thing I wanted to recommend you is to stick with one distribution. Jumping from one to another hoping that your problems will be fixed won't help much. I will give you the solution for your ubuntu problem and leave the problems you are having with the other 3 distributions to another member to answer ^_^;;

With Ubuntu, the very first thing you want to do is to install nvidia official drivers. Here is how you do it:

http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu_E...r_.28NVIDIA.29

It is really very simple. Even if after you've installed the drivers you still can't change to the resolution you want, edit your xorg.conf file and add the resolution you wish. Example (open a terminal and type the following):

sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

in that file, look after "Section Screen". Here is a sample:

Code:
Section "Screen"
    Identifier    "Default Screen"
    Device        "NVIDIA Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200]"
    Monitor        "CM752ET"
    DefaultDepth    24
    SubSection "Display":
        Depth        24
        Modes      "1280x1024" "1024x768"
    EndSubSection
EndSection
The above example will set your desktop to 1280x1024 and 24 bits of color. If that fails, the second one will be used, in this case 1024x768. Pressing ctrl+alt+(+) or ctrl+alt+(-) will also switch between those resolutions. After editing that file, logout and login to Gnome again.

Remember, you just have to edit that file if your desired resolution is not working even after you've installed the driver.

Bookmark this Ubuntu guide for future reference. You will need and love it later:

http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Edgy

Again, my best suggestion is to stick with one distro. If you find a problem, post here. It will certainly take you way less time to get an answer that it would take to install a whole new Operating system. Plus, you will learn a lot more that way when fixing problems.

Regards!

Last edited by Mega Man X; 02-26-2007 at 01:41 PM.
 
Old 02-26-2007, 01:05 PM   #3
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Hi Mega Man X,

Thank you!

I'll stick with Ubuntu and take it from there with your advice.

Best,
LG
 
Old 02-26-2007, 01:40 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lgtrean
Hi Mega Man X,

Thank you!

I'll stick with Ubuntu and take it from there with your advice.

Best,
LG
My pleasure helping another Linux enthusiast. I was going to suggest you to stick with Ubuntu, because it is my favorite distro of all times, but I did not want to say it out loud, but since you already made up your mind, I just wanted to say: Good choice

Best of luck!
 
Old 02-27-2007, 04:04 PM   #5
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No Im Not Gay

I LOVE YOU MEGAMAN

For 48 hours I haven't done anything but try to get my Ubuntu ver. of linux to work and there in all of your brillance you post a link to the promise land, I was able to get easy ubuntu installed.

Its the first thing thats worked so far. Well off to follow your expert guidance thanks.
 
Old 03-01-2007, 02:35 PM   #6
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Hi Linux n00b!

Welcome to LQ.org. I am glad that my post also helped you . But don't thank me, thank the community for writing such an awesome guide for Ubuntu. I am far from being an expert in Linux. I also prefer simple solutions for simple problems and that is exactly what Ubuntu (and that guide) provides ^_^;;

I know, I know, I sound like an Ubuntu fanboy, but what can I do when I actually am an Ubuntu fanboy, lol.

Anyway, thanks for your kind words Linux n00b. If you have any problems regarding Ubuntu, I will be around, although many other members are so much more clever than me here(you will see ^_^).

Best Regards!
 
Old 03-01-2007, 09:56 PM   #7
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Off-topic: LoL Mega you seem to get more and more lovers screaming each day. Any special pill..??
 
Old 03-02-2007, 04:23 AM   #8
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I have the Dell XPS Gen 5,
Same hardware except Pentium 4 650, 1GB of the same ram, and the 915 chip set. All three distributions in my list gave me sound with some configuration for Mandrake & Debian. Mandrake had decent graphics off the disc, after installing Nvidia drivers from nvidia after a year and a half without them, Mandrake now freezes up. Debian 4 (Etch) has Nvidia driver packages but I have not found a need to install them yet (very fast distribution, pure 64 bit), Fedora I installed their nvidia drivers and get 1280x1024. I'm on dial up so can't say for sure if Ethernet works, but don't see any reason to think it does'nt work on any of them.
Mandrake without Nvidia's drivers is flawlessly stable and everything appears to work, Fedora is nice but requires some baby sitting, Debian gives me mixed feelings. I'm very fond of it, but got no open office because it is pure 64 bit and open office only has 32 bit version, and I could make a chroot to run 32 bit stuff but got no time right now, other than that, "It rocks". Your Ubuntu is based on Debian. I have an older version of Slack but did not try it on here as it would not give me anything on my old computer, no graphics, no CLI, nothing, i810 chip set. I had Debian Woody on my old computer and upgraded it to Sarge which is the 3.1 that you tried, I would not put it on this box, too old.
So I think since Ubuntu is a (little more) user friendly Debian, you made a good choice, but in the future when the Linux fever strikes and you need more but don't want to waste time, try an rpm distribution for a change, and I recommend Mandriva.

EDIT: I also have Dell XPS Gen 2 laptop with the same Broadcom Ethernet, was easy to set it up when I installed Mandrake on it two nights ago to download Mandriva 2007 which will replace it. Just had to go through configuration steps and put the CD in, took 3 minutes.

Last edited by Junior Hacker; 03-02-2007 at 04:31 AM.
 
Old 03-02-2007, 07:03 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by shrikant.odugoudar
Off-topic: LoL Mega you seem to get more and more lovers screaming each day. Any special pill..??
LOL . Don't know about that mate. I think that the number of members that actually dislike me far exceeds the ones who likes me here. I get carried on too ofter on General forum and say things that I shouldn't ... but I'm trying to "quit" General (again) ^_^;;

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