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Nvidia display drivers solved

Postby Rasmick1 on Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:05 am

Hi folks .....newbie here
I have recently installed the Elyssa KDE CE version and I am having a problem with the Nvidia display drivers ..

Here's what happens .....I installed the 173.14.12 driver using Envy and everything seemed to go well ...no errors during install ... After the install I rebooted and everything was loading ok right up to the end when it should go to the desktop
Instead of going to Desktop the Monitor goes into standby mode and stays there ....just a black screen and the power light flashing
The only way I can get my desktop back is to Reboot and use the Xfix option from recovery menu.....
I am new at Linux .....is there something I am missing /I have tried looking in several forums but no luck

Here are my computer specs .....
Samsung Syncmaster913v monitor
Machspeed MB with a Duo-core 3800 AMD processor at 2.0 G
XFX 8600 GT video card Nvidia (card has Dual DVI but monitor is Analog ...I am using a DVI/VGA adapter )
2 G of Ram

I should add that I am dual booting with Windows XP and the display drivers work fine in XP

Thank you in advance for any help and that Mint is a great OS ....except for this little hiccup

Rasmick
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Re: Nvidia display drivers

Postby Husse on Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:40 am

What I think of immediately is that the monitor gets out of sync and that's underpinned by the fact that you use a DMI to VGA adapter
use the Xfix option from recovery menu....

At every boot?
Please post the content of /etc/X11/xorg.conf
What you can do to temporarily help out is to edit that file
In
Section Device
change/add
Driver "vesa"
It's not the best graphics but it works - but you have to turn off Compiz - visual effects to minimum
A permanent solution may be:
Read the specs for your monitor and find out the horizontal and vertical frequencies
In
Section "Monitor"
add
HorizSync 30.0 - 81.0
VertRefresh 56.0 - 75.0

I have the correct values above
Driver should be nvidia
Driver "nvidia"
If you have "nv" now that could be the explanation as some cards and/or monitors don't like "nv"
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Re: Nvidia display drivers

Postby Rasmick1 on Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:56 am

Hi Husse ......thanks for your reply ... I do not have to use the Xfix everytime I startup ..only after trying to Restart after installing Nvidia driver . Once I use Xfix I can normal boot but no Nvidia driver enabled
I edited the file as you suggested but the system hung part way thru bootup .......did the Xfix again and all was well ...
Here's my xorg.conf file ...This is the "original " after installing Nvidia .... I also now have 3 "date/timestamped" xorg.conf files and a xorg.conf failsafe (Vesa) .. These I assume are backups created from my messing around with the original?


# 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.
#
# 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 "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
Option "XkbOptions" "lv3:ralt_switch"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen "Default Screen"
EndSection
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Re: Nvidia display drivers

Postby Husse on Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:25 pm

Ok - do just this
In
Section "Monitor"
add
HorizSync 30.0 - 81.0
VertRefresh 56.0 - 75.0

This is for the xorg.conf you've posted
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Re: Nvidia display drivers

Postby Rasmick1 on Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:18 pm

Thank-you Husse ........It worked like a charm ......I had it messed up the first time,,re-read your post and got it right now ...
Thanks again ........I'm really liking Mint .....soon going to dump the Dual boot with XP

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