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Old 08-06-2003, 10:07 AM   #1
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Question XF86Config: how to avoid black frame : Suse 8.2 + new nvidia driver

Hi there!
Semi-Newbie needs help:
How can I persuade ;-) the driver or what do I have to edit in XF86config to use the right mode 1400x1050 and full screen of my dell laptop???
The issue:
I am facing a problem with the right mode and or screen size of my dell inspiron 4100 laptop under suse 8.2:
Installation of the new 4496 version nvidia driver went fine for me and sax2 produded a working XF86config; (I had one before).

So now I get as before full screen picture in 1400x1050 mode - so far there is no problem;

However the problem starts when I try to use 3D support .
After editing XF86config ("nv" to "nvidia" ... etc. ) the 3D support also works fine now (- for the first time with powermanagement, woh) - so far so good ;

But, I always get the wrong resolution ; 1280X1024 instead of 1400X1050. When I switch to 1400x1050 by typing [Alt F7] the screen is not used fully and I get this black frame around it !
It is not possible to use sax2 for it - it always produces the wrong 1280X1024 resolution.

How can I persuade ;-) the driver or what do I have to edit in XF86config to use the right mode 1400x1050 and full screen of my dell laptop:
I am using SUSE 8.2 ; default kernel out of the box;
hardware: Dell Inspiron 4100 Laptop with nvidia Geforce 2 Go (32 mb) and a 14'' TFT with 1400x1050 pixels

hope somebody knows what to do - thanks in advance


Old 08-06-2003, 11:42 AM   #2
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Can you post your XF86Config file?
Old 08-08-2003, 02:08 AM   #3
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Smile solution found - thanks

Hi there !
Thanks for the reply – finally – after another night of trying and playing around with the various options in the nvidia driver readme I found the solution :

Below I include the relevant part of the XF86config that works now flawlessly :-)) I am uncertain which of the changes in the Monitor section was the crucial amendment that did the trick - I added several things at the same time
–an additional modeline for 1400x1050 (from the readme).
– Option "IgnoreEDID" "1"
–the corrected display size in millemeter which sax2 put completely wrong.

Note: I also included in the file /etc/modules.conf the option line for Dell laptops which was likely as helpful as the "IgnoreEDID" "1" in XF86Config:

options nvidia Nvreg Mobile=1

thanks again for the help
Old 08-09-2003, 10:21 AM   #4
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Theres a section at this web adress that deals with X and NVIDIA drivers.

Its on Debian but it seems to work for Suse too

It may also fix some other bug bears you might find


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