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Old 04-03-2003, 06:07 AM   #1
jimmytango829
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Unhappy Geforce4 420 go issues in X Windows


I feel like a jerk posting after all these posts about similar issues, but none of them answered my questions. I recently installed Slack 9 on my Toshiba laptop. KDE worked great, but i wanted 3d accel...etc. So i got the new nVidia drivers and followed all instructions. (So dont post them to me...ive read them a million times ) Before installing the nVidia drivers, I was running the vesa drivers and had 1024x768 res. (maybe more...) but the nVidia drivers only gave me 800x600 (and there is aabout an incch wide bar running down the rright sside of the screen that iis unused). I tried about a million combinations of settings in the XF86Config, but same results...the scale options have no effect except for the centered which centers tthe image at 640x480 res, leaving about 2+ inches on all sides of the image. With this option, all text and icons are relatively the same ssize they were before the driver switch when it filled the whole screen. How can I get more workable resolutions without sacrificing the features of the video card?
 
Old 04-03-2003, 07:12 AM   #2
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that's odd. I have the same card and the vesa drivers wouldn't even work for me. Maybe you have a weird card or something.
 
Old 04-03-2003, 11:33 AM   #3
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this may help you

open file /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

move to the lines Section "Screen"

make shore your default depth is DefaultDepth 24


ok now go to SubSection "Display"
Depth 24

now in modes look to see that is says
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
if not change it .. if it is you have the monitor frequency setup slightly wrong for the power of the card

in which case going to section monitor Section "Monitor"
and changing HorizSync 31.5 - 70.0
VertRefresh 50-70
will fix the problem WARNING changing the frequency for lcd is risky if you dont know the correct ranges and you could kill it

do some research into it on the net and cheack the manual for specs .. mainly in the back

btw what model toshy do you have i need the model no underneath and will get back to you on a safe range soon

Last edited by debphreak; 04-03-2003 at 11:37 AM.
 
Old 04-03-2003, 12:52 PM   #4
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Or do this... I think you have a Satellite since that is what the GeForce 4 420 Go chips are for. I also have one with a 420 Go.

This assumes you are using the driver prior to the one that was released two days ago.

In /etc/modules.conf
Add this line

options nvidia "NVreg_SoftEDIDs=0" "NVreg_Mobile=2"

Above that line in /etc/modules.conf there wil be an alias line refering to your nvidia driver. It will say alias NVdriver or alias nvidia. That is what you should make the your new option line refer to.

This will make the black bar go away.
 
Old 04-03-2003, 05:35 PM   #5
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Wink Trying suggestions.....NOW!

Thanks for the quick replies guys...REALLY appreciated! For those questions tthhat were asked (and some replies to what werent questions), here we go...

...find the correct frequencies, maybe in manual...
They werent in the manual, I had already looked...AND I couldnt find them on Toshibas website. But I only looked at the system specs section of my laptop.

What model do you have?
Hold on...lemme check. Toshiba Satellite 1415-S105

...this is assuming you are using the driver prior to the one that was released 2 days ago.
I am using the most current driver. I downloaded it yesterday and got it installed and working (somewhat) that day.

Look for these modes....
In my conf file, there were no modes specified, I tried to specify one, but I cant find ANY of the hsync or vsync numbers! Plus I have no idea what the values mean...i read the man page on XF86Config and it had very little. What are the four numbers (both h and v)?

I hope this info helps. I am going tto go try out thhese suggestions annd see if they fix my problem...

PS. If you guys have a Tosh. Laptop, did anyone have any problems with the keyboard printing out duplicate characters? (im not fixing tthe little errors anymore andd it usuallly prints out more than thhiis!) in ccommaand line linux ii have no problems, so ii dont think its justt my hands!
 
Old 04-03-2003, 06:13 PM   #6
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Talking MONEY IN THE BANK!!!

WOOOHOOOO!!!!!

After ii pput in thhee modes you menttioned, it still didnt wwork, sso I put inn tthe frequencies you suggested and VOILA! iit works great now! I had tried to use thee settingss auto detected in thee vesa connfig file, but they ddidnt work... Oh well...THESE DO! thanks aa LOT ffoorr tthe help...maybe now ssomeone can get back tto me about tthhis ddaamn keyboard!
 
Old 04-03-2003, 06:15 PM   #7
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just to avoid a big communication .. as i was thinking of typing up a XF86Config file for you to fix your problem i decided to check to see if someone else had had your keyboard problem

http://www.pa.msu.edu/people/lacluyze/toshiba.html

all the problems you are experiancing are are listed and to a large extent fixed here.

i would be best to use his advice firstly .. but not shore about the video problem but he does have some safe frequency ranges

to clarify we need to fix your horizontal sync and vertical scan
the video chipset will set a frequency for a screen size and your
h = HorizSync and v=VertRefresh need to change so i can correctly do this . if the setting are too low it will default to the next highest safe mode

in either case the above link seems to have covered all aspects but pls tell us what you find when you are done its one problem that needs resolving for future reference

just saw your post ... umm well use the settings on the above link because those settings you used are for my 21" sony trinitron
and then see if it works if not you can always go back

Last edited by debphreak; 04-04-2003 at 02:17 AM.
 
Old 04-03-2003, 06:55 PM   #8
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Your keyboard problem is simple.

In XF86Config there is line called

Option XKBDisable

Uncomment it. We have the same laptop by the way.
This is the quick fix, the long way requires a kernel recompile. I've never had any problems by uncommenting this lin.
 
Old 04-03-2003, 07:02 PM   #9
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Also.. this is just my 2 cents. Be vey careful when using other people's refresh rates and frequencies. Search your manuals, search Toshiba's web page, (they have a lot of technical stuff), call Toshiba. You can blow out your monitor and video card. I know because I have destroyed both before.
 
  


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