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Old 12-02-2007, 10:10 AM   #1
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Distribution: mandriva powerpack 2007
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ASUS laptop graphics broken?


Laptop: ASUS F3SC-AP206C - T7250 SR
OS: Linux Mandriva 2008 Powerpack+
After an update the screen went from wide screen to a rectangular screen. The whole graphical environment is slow. When opening a window, it takes the laptop 2 - 3 times before it is drawn on the screen. (literally the window opens in slices, diagonally)
When I try to type something, it tends to put it double.
(e.g. when I press the h, it will give me hh.)

I think there's a driver issue here, so I tried to reinstall the nvidia driver. However, it doesn't wanna. (keeps asking to install the rpm of the kernel-devel. didn't say which one ...)

Does anybody has a similar problem? does anybody know a sensible solution?
I hope it isn't a hardware failure ...

Thanks in advance
Old 12-02-2007, 10:19 AM   #2
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Distribution: PCLinuxOS 2007 / Suse 10.3
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It's very likely a driver issue of some kind. The kernel-devel files are the kernel source. If you open a terminal and type "uname -r" without the quotes, it will tell you what kernel version you are running. Then, go to the repository and install the kernel-devel file that matches the version of the kernel you get from uname -r. Are there no nvidia drivers in the repository? Or is that what caused your problem in the first place?

To see what driver X is using, open your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and look under the "device" section and tell me what is in the "driver" line. If it says "nv" or something like that, it's using an Nvidia module. If it says "vesa" it's using the general video driver.


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