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Old 10-30-2008, 12:46 PM   #1
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Ubuntu 8.10 - 800x600 resolution: cannot change.

I'm not a noob, but it's a question that anyone BUT a noob should be able to answer so...

Upgraded 8.10 because 8.04 kernel doesn't like my hardware.

System - Preferences - Sceen Resolution:
I can only select 800x600. HZ can't be changed either and the screen is flickering.

System - Administration - Hardware drivers. Two drivers can be selected: 173 and 177. When I choose either I see a blinking loading screen with 0% - nothing changes. Nothing changes after reboot.

Installed packages:
dpkg -l | grep nvidia
ii  nvidia-173-modaliases                      173.14.12-1-0ubuntu4                                 Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii  nvidia-177-modaliases                      177.80-0ubuntu2                                      Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii  nvidia-71-modaliases                       71.86.04-0ubuntu10                                   Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii  nvidia-96-modaliases                       96.43.05-0ubuntu10                                   Modaliases for the NVIDIA binary X.Org drive
ii  nvidia-common                              0.2.4                                                Find obsolete NVIDIA drivers
rc  nvidia-glx-new                             169.12+                               NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x/X.Org 'new' driver
ii  nvidia-kernel-common                       20051028+1ubuntu8                                    NVIDIA binary kernel module common files
ii  nvidia-settings                            177.78-0ubuntu2                                      Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driv
The drivers have been installed on 8.04, and as it seems were upgraded correctly. I don't know why they aren't in use.

To complicate this further: Ubuntu screwed with xorg.conf and didn't bother to mention it in the release notes:

# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
# Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
# in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
# here are ignored.
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
#   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "Device"
	Identifier	"Configured Video Device"

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier	"Configured Monitor"

Section "Screen"
	Identifier	"Default Screen"
	Monitor		"Configured Monitor"
	Device		"Configured Video Device"
A dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg. Results in the same xorg.conf.

So where do I change the modline to get a reasonable resolution out of the nv driver, or alternatively select the nvidia driver.

Probably doesn't matter because I'm pretty sure I have EYECANCER at this point.

Last edited by oskar; 10-30-2008 at 12:55 PM.
Old 10-30-2008, 01:25 PM   #2
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Do you know that video card or chip you are using? You may need to install additional specific drivers.
Old 10-30-2008, 01:48 PM   #3
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Nope, the 177 driver is the right one... Just need to know where to activate it, now that xorg.conf was hijacked by who knows what.
I don't mind using the nv driver either. I don't really need any 3d support. But I do need to know where the "screen" section of xorg.conf went, so I can fix it.
No distribution ever got this right, but I can usually fix it manually... not anymore.

Last edited by oskar; 10-30-2008 at 01:51 PM.


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