I'm not a noob, but it's a question that anyone BUT a noob should be able to answer so...
Upgraded 8.10 because 8.04 kernel doesn't like my hardware.
System - Preferences - Sceen Resolution:
I can only select 800x600. HZ can't be changed either and the screen is flickering.
System - Administration - Hardware drivers. Two drivers can be selected: 173 and 177. When I choose either I see a blinking loading screen with 0% - nothing changes. Nothing changes after reboot.
dpkg -l | grep nvidia
ii nvidia-173-modaliases 173.14.12-1-0ubuntu4 Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii nvidia-177-modaliases 177.80-0ubuntu2 Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii nvidia-71-modaliases 71.86.04-0ubuntu10 Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii nvidia-96-modaliases 96.43.05-0ubuntu10 Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii nvidia-common 0.2.4 Find obsolete NVIDIA drivers
rc nvidia-glx-new 169.12+126.96.36.199-21.51 NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x/X.Org 'new' driver
ii nvidia-kernel-common 20051028+1ubuntu8 NVIDIA binary kernel module common files
ii nvidia-settings 177.78-0ubuntu2 Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driv
The drivers have been installed on 8.04, and as it seems were upgraded correctly. I don't know why they aren't in use.
To complicate this further: Ubuntu screwed with xorg.conf and didn't bother to mention it in the release notes
# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
# in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
# here are ignored.
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
A dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg. Results in the same xorg.conf.
So where do I change the modline to get a reasonable resolution out of the nv driver, or alternatively select the nvidia driver.
Probably doesn't matter because I'm pretty sure I have EYECANCER at this point.