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Old 02-25-2008, 01:15 PM   #1
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Where can I disable the integrated VGA in BIOS exactly?

I have an MSI PM8M-V motherboard, a brand new GeForce 7300 GT is in my AGP slot, brand new, and it's working without any problem on WinXP at 80 Hz on my screen, just not on any linuxes I have on my HDD. All linuxes with this card just provides me 65 Hz at my CRT screen and I can hardly listening to the screen without tears caused by the low frequency and I'd like to take a dot for this history once and for all.

So I'm asking any of you who would help me on this Where can I disable the integrated VGA on my motherboard's BIOS? I know it would provide a lot more performance, if not let me know if I'm telling silly things, I just want to know more things about these misteries.

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Old 02-25-2008, 02:35 PM   #2
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The problem is that NVidia does not have an open source drive for their card so it can't be distributed with a distro. You need to install their proprietary driver. I'm not sure the best way to do this with openSuse, but you can get the driver from NVidia at:


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Originally Posted by jako-r View Post
a brand new GeForce 7300 GT is in my AGP slot,
Where can I disable the integrated VGA on my motherboard's BIOS?
What makes you think it isn't disabled already? Most BIOS's disable the integrated VGA by default whenever you power up with a monitor connected to an AGP card. Many BIOS's have a confusing option in the PCI section of BIOS setup to let you make the integrated VGA the primary display and the AGP secondary. I've never seen one that lets you do what I usually want, which is AGP primary and built-in secondary. The default setting is usually autoselect (with priority to AGP) for just one display (in your case AGP primary, built-in off). The non default setting is built-in primary with AGP secondary.

Originally Posted by forrestt View Post
You need to install their proprietary driver.
I agree, you probably need that driver in order to get the max refresh rate.

you can get the driver from NVidia
So far as I can tell, regardless of your Linux distribution, you can easily install that driver downloaded directly from NVidia. But it then is very picky about some configuration changes you might make later, certainly any kernel change upsets it, but other changes as well. So keep the .run file that you downloaded and be prepared to reinstall it whenever it decides you changed something it cares about.

In the Mepis distribution (and I think some others as well) there is also an installer for the NVidia driver built into the distribution (you still need to specifically request that install, because it is closed source). I think (I'm not sure yet) when installed that way it will be less likely to vanish and need manual install again than the one installed from the .run file.

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