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Old 03-29-2010, 04:08 PM   #1
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Toshiba Tecra M2S w/ NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 driving Dell external monitor in Ubuntu


I'm new to linux. I've been trying to get it to work on my laptop off and on for several years now, experimenting first with Redhat (version 6.1, I think) and now trying with Ubuntu 9.04.

I've done a full install using the entire hard drive (no dual boot). So I'm trying it for real this time.

I'm having a problem with my video drivers. The video is ok (not great) and I don't seem to have any options to adjust it.

When I go into system > preferences > display, I see monitor "unknown", set at 1024x768 with a 75 Hz refresh. If I click on "detect monitors" nothing happens.

It says under system > administration > hardware drivers that "no proprietary drivers are in use on this system".

I've got two options:

NVIDIA Accelerated Graphic Driver (version 173) [recommended]
NVIDIA Accelerated Graphic Driver (version 96)

I've tried installing both. However when I do, I loose access to my external monitor.

For the first part of boot, I have access, but then when it comes up into Ubuntu, the big monitor (a Dell 2500, I think, plugged into the stock Toshiba docking station via DVI) quits working, and all I have is a dim picture (dark, like something's sapping power from it) on the laptop display. When I go into settings, it first gives me a message box where I get to choose whether or not I go into the driver or Linux settings box. The Linux settings box is still as it was without the driver. The driver settings box shows both the laptop display panel and the dell monitor with something called "x system" or something like that. Every time, it shows the Dell monitor as being disabled, which I am allowed to change and sometimes I'm allowed to set them to "mirror" which is what I want through the advanced settings. However, that option isn't always available.

And, I'm not allowed to save the file. I'm guessing it's some kind of config file or something. It gives me an error about creating an archive or something, and when I reboot, the external monitor is dead again. Often after reboot, it won't allow me to set them to mirror, only "offset" or whatever.

If I uninstall the driver, I'm right back to the basic video settings with a basic picture on the big monitor.

Anybody know how to fix this? Please keep in mind that I'm brand spankin' new to Linux.
 
Old 03-29-2010, 06:05 PM   #2
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Go here: Category 5

Download or watch this episode. A viewer has that same problem and is given a visual answer.
 
Old 03-29-2010, 08:21 PM   #3
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Unable to create new X config backup file '/etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup'

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Go here: Category 5

Download or watch this episode. A viewer has that same problem and is given a visual answer.
That's cool.

I did what the guy said, but when I clicked on "save to X configuration file", I still get the same error:

Unable to create new X config backup file '/etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup'.

My only option from there is to click OK.

I'm going to restart now and see if the external keeps working.
 
Old 03-29-2010, 08:41 PM   #4
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I still get the same error:

Unable to create new X config backup file '/etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup'.
This should help you to resolve that problem: http://www.techhamlet.com/2009/09/ub...ettings-error/
 
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:18 PM   #5
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Thumbs up That was it!

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This should help you to resolve that problem: http://www.techhamlet.com/2009/09/ub...ettings-error/
I got an error during the fix about a missing operator after the

sudo chown -R username /etc/X11

line.

However, it seems to have worked and after 3 reboots, is still holding.

OMG the picture is better. Like night and day.

Thank you! Really appreciated. 2 days of near total frustration gone with a single post. Outstanding!
 
  


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