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Old 01-26-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
gildardo
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Ubuntu, Lubuntu, LXLE & Legacy Drivers, older hardware


First, I apologize since I've seen some info about this on this board, but the details get diluted as it is not contained in one single post, and actually most of the information I've gathered so far is from different webpages. I've also posted on an existing thread (not a new one)at ubuntuforums.org.

I have an old machine -- custom built -- with an ASUS A7N266-VM motherboard. The mobo has an onboard nVidia nForce (not 2, not 3, no number, it's one of the versions of the first nForce) chipset:
-- a nVidia nForce MCP-D integrated South Bridge controller
-- a nVidia 220D GeForce MX integrated GPU/North Bridge controller
The North Bridge's GPU is a GeForce2 MX 220 GPU, and the recent nVidia drivers do not support it.

I've been told over there, and I've been reading the thread over here, about the Nouveau drivers.

Now, I installed LXLE on the previous machine, over an old Mandriva 2006 PWP installation (my computer is a dual boot machine, the other OS being Windows XP) at first to test the waters and ran into trouble --- it would seem it's the nVidia drivers, very possibly the video drivers.

Does anyone have any advice? I've read a LOT of material on the web over the last week or so, so I am not entirely at a loss, but I would like to know about anybody else's similar experience with Ubuntu, Lubuntu, and/or LXLE.

Advice as to what to put into the xorg.conf file would be very welcome. I do have to point out that the system runs well if I disable the nVidia drivers, and the xorg.conf file essentially contains nothing as it is, but I am then not using the integrated GPU, and that seems like a waste of resources...
 
Old 02-01-2014, 06:55 PM   #2
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Well, for now, I have an update: I have managed somehow to have the Nouveau drivers working, though not the nVidia propriatary ones for the GeForce2 MX integrated GPU --- the code for the nVidia GPU is NV11 by the way.

Now, I also have a video card, with 128MB, a GeForce4 MX 440-SE chip which I managed to get working on WinXP.

However, as I want to squeeze as much optimization as possible from my old hardware with Lubuntu/LXLE, with AND without the video card, I would still appreciate some guidance as to how to edit (add to/remove from) the xorg.conf file, as the system seems to be running without one.

Again, I reiterate that I AM NOT being lazy, I AM CONFUSED however... and thank you again.
 
  


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