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Old 01-14-2004, 09:36 AM   #1
apdtech
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Inspiron GeForece 5200 on Debian Problem Setting Resolution


Hi Everyone,

I have the NVidia driver from nvidia.com installed on my system running debian 2.4.23 with grub 0.93 on my dell inspiron 5150. I am running XFree86-4.3.0.1. Also I am a newbie to linux but a long time solaris user.

Cant seem to get this to work - when I try to set my resolution, I just go into /etc/X11/XF86Config-4
and changed all the 1600x1200 to 1280x1024:
Code:
Section "Screen"
    Identifier  "Default Screen"
    Device      "NVidia64"
    Monitor     "Generic Monitor"
    DefaultDepth    24
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth       1
        Modes       "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth       4
        Modes       "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth       8
        Modes       "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth       15
        Modes       "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth       16
        Modes       "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth       24
        Modes       "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
EndSection
Then i restarted X, and after I log back in, my settings from xdpyinfo still says 800x600 resolution!!! This i don't understand!

Now it wont let me go about 800x600 tho the card is probably one of the better cards you can purchases with a dell laptop - so I doubt that the 800x600 is the total resolution i can get - i had a junky old sony viao with the default video and was able to turn resolution up to 1280x1024, why my dell cant i dunno.

Thanks for any suggestions!

-A
 
Old 01-14-2004, 11:13 AM   #2
hw-tph
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First check that the HorizSync and VertRefresh rates correspond to your LCD screen in the Monitor section of your XF86Config-4. Also try to set DefaultDepth in the "Screen" section to 16 (instead of 24 which may be flaky).

Comment out the Modes line for 16 bits and try using only one setting - change this:
Code:
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth       16
        Modes       "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
....to this...
Code:
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth       16
        Modes        "1280x1024"
        #Modes       "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
Restart the X server and see if it works. Check the log (probably /var/log/XFree86.0.log) for error messages.

Håkan
 
Old 01-14-2004, 01:24 PM   #3
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Worked like a charm, thanks a bunch hw-tph!!
 
  


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