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Old 08-04-2009, 12:30 AM   #1
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Unhappy Installed new LCD: can't display required resolution


Hi - I just installed a new LCD monitor (Viewsonic VA1916W) on Fedora 9, and when trying to adjust System Settings, Display, to the recommended resolution (1440 * 900) - a resolution that is supported by the Video Card on WIN XP (NVIDIA GEFORCE2 MX video card) cannot do so, cannot do better than 1024 * 768. It;s just not an option. So, this involves all kinds of screen adjustments back and forth, between OS's etc (Dual boot Fedora 9 and WIN XP SP3).
What am I missing here? Perhaps a LINUX driver for the card? The card has not changed of course. Something for the monitor? I'm not sure there is such a thing?
All help appreciated.
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:35 AM   #2
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Could you post your Xorg.conf? It's located in /etc/X11.

By the way, consider upgrading your Fedora - 9 is no longer supported, which is, in a word, bad. It may or may not fix this problem, but you should think about it anyway.
 
Old 08-04-2009, 01:03 AM   #3
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Could you post your Xorg.conf? It's located in /etc/X11.

By the way, consider upgrading your Fedora - 9 is no longer supported, which is, in a word, bad. It may or may not fix this problem, but you should think about it anyway.

karamarisan - What I have just done is get the legacy video driver for the card from NVIDIA and install it. This DID enable me to change the resolution (System Settings) to the required resolution. I do have one outstanding problem: the bottom bar (the "panel" display?), and the top panel bar go only 2/3 of the way across the screen. I would say that this is the outstanding problem.
I'm attaching the revised Xorg.conf, as requested (can't attach, so is pasted below.
Thanks for your help.
# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig: version 1.0 (buildmeister@builder63) Thu Jun 25 18:57:07 PDT 2009

# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "single head configuration"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
# generated from default
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "auto"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# keyboard added by rhpxl
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
ModelName "LCD Panel 1024x768"
HorizSync 31.5 - 48.0
VertRefresh 56.0 - 65.0
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
EndSubSection
EndSection
 
Old 08-04-2009, 01:09 AM   #4
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karam....
I found something new (in KDE). There is a Panel option "Panel Settings", then "More Settings", one of which is "maximize panel".
And that did the job! You learn something every day.

In any case, do you see anything out of order in the Xorg.conf?

Also, Is Fedora 9 really that old? It wasn't such a long time ago that I upgraded to it.
George
 
Old 08-04-2009, 01:13 AM   #5
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What do you mean by 'the legacy nvidia driver'? Clearly you're using the proprietary driver; if you're okay with that, install RPM Fusion and install the kmod-nvidia package through yum. I'm not 100% sure this will work because you're using an older Fedora, but it probably will. I'd expect better if not equal results from that, and if not we can try to figure out what has to be added to xorg.conf to make this happen.

Edit: A moment too late. No, though I am used to seeing a line like
Code:
Option      "metamodes" "nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
possibly including a fixed resolution instead of nvidia-auto-select. But if it works, it works.

And yes, it is. They're up to 11 and working on 12. Fedora has a pretty quick release cycle, so if you want to be doing it right, you need to keep on top of that. Thankfully, I find that upgrading is usually fairly painless as long as you do it from the install DVD or read the notes about upgrading via yum before doing so (I believe doing F10-F11 had the potential to render one's system unbootable if you tried to do it from gnome-terminal, though that's a stupid idea anyway.

Last edited by karamarisan; 08-04-2009 at 01:17 AM.
 
Old 08-04-2009, 01:53 AM   #6
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Karama...
"'the legacy nvidia driver'" - the NVIDIA driver, directly from their web site, for cards of such an advanced age they are now called legacy (NVIDIA GEFORCE2 MX).....but still work perfectly well.....my main usage of LINUX is typically command line, my specialty being IBM's mid-range DBMS "DB2 for LINUX, UNIX and WINDOWS". So while I like the GUI's (a better WIN than WIN!), it's the raw, down and dirty command line (shells, konsoles, etc.) in which I must become most proficient. This is also what happens in the commercial world.

Let me review the remainder of your message....
P.S Are you suggesting I add this line to the xorg.conf? If so, to which stanza?
Option "metamodes" "nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
Thanks
George
 
Old 08-04-2009, 02:10 AM   #7
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Don't worry about the name. The only reason I don't register as 'Ted' is that it's a little more commonly taken before I get there.

As for that line, if your current config is working perfectly, I don't see any reason to mess with it, especially since the working one is auto-generated. And my apologies, it was dumb of me not to mention where in that file that line came from - it's the 'screen' section.

And as for wanting to learn the command line, good for you. A GUI is preferable for some tasks (sorting lots of files that all have to manually considered - if you're sorting by some pattern, CLI still wins), but the command line is the guts of the system and there are only benefits from being comfortable in it. Except when the police are idiots, of course.
 
Old 08-04-2009, 07:14 AM   #8
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Karama...(Ted)
Yes, it seems to be working pretty smoothly..more so than I expected with such an old video card. I will investigate upgrading to Fedora 10....
Thanks
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