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Old 06-07-2008, 01:38 AM   #1
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Question Stuck at 800x600 or Lower in Xubuntu Hardy with NVidia GX-400 and PanaSync S50 Monito

I love running Linux, but this issue is driving me *mad*! I cannot get the screen resolution higher than 800x600. I've never had luck with NVidia drivers or Envy, but have been able to resolve this in the past using the dpkg-reconfigure xserver-org command (or xserver-xorg, I've tried both).
Stinky XP lets me run at 1024x768 without a hitch, and that's really all I want. I'm not greedy, I just hate having configuration screens come up where I can't see the bottom so I have to pin the tail on the donkey in order to try to save my settings, plus using the wonderful GIMP is a pain when the toolbars are bigger than my image.
Anyway. I have tried google. I have tried searching countless forums. I have tried manually editing the xorg.conf file a dozen different times, and haven't been able to resolve jack.
Thing is, the last thing that worked, dpkg-reconfigure, now only prompts me for keyboard settings and then exits. No options at all for display resolution. I've heard from others that this is a grey-box way to save us noobs from ourselves, but I would really just love a way to see what I should be able to be seeing in this cool OS.
Okay. I might be cursed with fast fingers and a slow brain so I'll stop typing now, but any way around this that actually works would be *so* appreciated that I'd consider naming my firstborn after you.
Then again, a kid called LinxMsta431 might have a rough time in school, but I'll still consider it.
Old 06-08-2008, 02:11 AM   #2
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For the most basic configuration you could do it using pico or nano and edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file manually. you should be able to get 1024x768 with the nv driver. If you are using the nvidia driver you will need the Legacy version ( Version: 96.43.05) of the nVidia driver NOT the latest version because of the age of your card.

Section "Device"
Identifier "nVidia Corporation NV40 [GeForce 6800]"
Driver "nv"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
Option "LinearAlloc" "8192"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Generic Monitor"
Option "DPMS"
HorizSync 28-64
VertRefresh 43-60

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "nVidia Corporation NV40 [GeForce 6800]"
Monitor "Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth 24

SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600"
it really shouldn't be any more complicated than that..

I find the manual method more reliable than automated configurations a lot of the time..
Old 09-25-2008, 12:09 PM   #3
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Took me a LONG time to finally get it working...I'd give it another go about once a month and otherwise ran at 800x600. My xorg.conf is a nasty mess now and I'm not sure quite what I did but involved throwing 0's here and #'s there. Strangely the Display settings show 800x600 and above that Default, but the Default 1024x768 these past 20 minutes I'm almost sure of it. No smoke or smells coming off anything either.
Couldn't have done it without the help from this thread, thank you!


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