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Old 01-05-2007, 02:11 PM   #1
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Nvidia Driver Confusion (Ubuntu)

I have tried to install the latest nvidia drivers onto my Ubuntu 6.10.

It seems to be working as the driver in xorg.conf is lablelled nvidia and im still getting a picture. I can also access the Config panel as shown below.

My concern is based mainly on the device section of the xorg.conf file, which currently reads:

Section "Device"
Identifier "NVIDIA Corporation NVIDIA Default Card"
Driver "nvidia"

However whenever I have looked at examples of people changing settings, it has many details filled in about their graphics card as well as many more categories. I understand that you can add options into this section but i assumed this information wasn't just filling in card names. Correct me if i'm wrong.

My question is should the xorg.conf file still look like this, how do i get the card information in, and could this be causing some of the No Video Device Available or along those lines messages im getting when trying to run certain things.

I posted it here as I feel like a noob and my understanding of linux and ubuntu is very limited. Please be nice

Edit: I understand the Identifier is just a label, it just struck me as odd i didnt have options like the example belowe by default

Section "Device"
Identifier "Card1"
Driver "i810"
VendorName "Intel Corp."
BoardName "82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device"
BusID "PCI:0:2:0"
Screen 1

Last edited by champman99; 01-05-2007 at 02:57 PM.
Old 01-05-2007, 02:31 PM   #2
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I wouldn't worry about the "Identifier" part since it just there to give it a logical name as far as I know. The most important parameter is Driver "nvidia" and that's what the xserver cares about. You can certainly add options there in that section.

If you need detailed info on the config options, look here.

I personally use,

Option "NoLogo" "true"
Option "RenderAccel" "true"

Last edited by tuxrules; 01-05-2007 at 02:36 PM.
Old 01-05-2007, 03:17 PM   #3
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What you have there is fine: you only need BUSID and stuff if your gonna think about using dual monitors and you dont have two cards so its no necesery. The other options are not necesery.


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