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Postby larde on Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:44 pm

I installed Linux Mint 5.0 without any real issues except, I am unable to utilize different screen resolutions. I only have 2 to pick from 640x480 and 320x240. My nvidia GeForce 6100 is on board my WinFast board. I am pretty sure I have tried all of the different helps to resolve this issue. Do I have to buy a PCI video card to make this work properly,

I have Hardy Heron installed on another desk top and all is good. But I want to install Linux Mint on my laptop soon, so I thought I would install on one of my other desktops and play for awhile. Hope to leave the MS world real soon.

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Re: Nvidia

Postby piratesmack on Sat Jun 28, 2008 12:13 pm

Have you installed the Nvidia driver?

If not, go to Administration>Hardware Drivers
If nothing shows up there, go to Applications>EnvyNG and install it from there


If that doesn't help, here's more thing you can try:

Open a terminal and run:
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sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf



That will open xorg.conf in a text editor, locate the "screen" section. It should look something like:
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Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
EndSection


Change it to something like:
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Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    Modes "1024x768" 800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

*replace "1024x768" 800x600" "640x480" with the resolutions you use*
*The first resolution you list will be default*


Then save, close, and reboot
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Re: Nvidia

Postby larde on Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:57 pm

piratesmack

Tried everything you suggested, but issue is still not resolved. Needless to say am getting quite frustrated. I have another desktop running Hardy Heron, and a Compaq laptop running Hardy Heron.

I'm about ready to try a different MB as a last resort.

Every time I do a reboot, I check hardware and the check box for the Nvidia is unchecked. Other than holding my hand I'm at a loss.

Any other suggestions, I will be willing to try.

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Re: Nvidia

Postby Etoja on Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:27 pm

Larry, launch terminal, type "sudo displayconfig-gtk" - it will start a GUI interface where you would be able to choose proper resolution and refresh rate.
I would appreciate if you could let us know if you succeed in this.
Btw, very nice motherboard you have :)
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Re: Nvidia

Postby larde on Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:53 pm

Etoja,

Ok, launched the GUI and here is what I saw:
the screen tab shows: model plug n play
resolution choices are: 800x600 @ 61hz
640x480
Default screen is checked, everything below that is grayed out

then I selected the graphics card tab:
driver shown is vesa-generic vesa compliant video card
:cry:

I went into envy and selected auto on graphic card install

when I reboot I always get Lo Graphics Mode

I don't understand why my other desktop with hardy heron runs like a top using 1024x768 and my compaq pesario F700 is set up the same way.

I do believe I am jinxed on this particular setup. Oh, and I changed MB to a PC Chips A13G+ with an Nvidia MCP61S Chipset thinking that might help. then I reinstalled Linux Mint Elyssa. Then I did all of the above. Going to bed and start off fresh tomorrow.

:(

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Re: Nvidia

Postby Etoja on Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:35 am

Larry, that's strange. GUI should show you options to choose any monitor other than plug n play. In my case I just selected a monitor with a required resolution and refresh rate (mine was not in the list). Than, I restarted computer, and installed driver via EnvyNG. And it worked. Try to deinstall the Nvidia driver and start again.

Please, don't be frustrated, I have just finished a month long struggle with the geforce 6200 under Linux Mint and know how upsetting it might be ... I can imagine how many folks were put off Linux trying to set up their graphics card and monitors...
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Re: Nvidia

Postby larde on Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:38 pm

Etoja,

Really appreciate all of the help to this point. For now I am going to reinstall my Hardy Heron copy and see what happens. Worst case, I could always get a PCI express graphic card that is compatible with the 2 distros.

Really I'm Ok :D cuz I want to learn to tackle some of theses issues and be able to work them out, especially when there are so many people out there willing to give a helping hand. I guarantee you I will be back and installing the Linux Mint distro.

Thanks again, I'm sure we will cross paths again soon.

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Re: Nvidia

Postby Etoja on Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:44 pm

Hm... a year later... :) Larry, I hope you are still running Mint - I had a break for a while, but returned back to Mint as soon as version 7 was released. What a treat! That horrible mess with monitors, resolution and refresh rate gone! Everything installed without any problems - very intelligently without any hitch. Finally after 12 years of trying to jump to Linux I am running the version which I really like.
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