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proprietary gfx drivers kill external monitor

Postby zorsch on Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:16 pm

hi guys !

so i recently baught myself a nice 26'' monitor which i hook up via dvi and it runs @ 1920x1200.
so far so good.

standard mint install detects monitor fine and lets me use it at the right resolution !

as soon as i donwload and install the proprietary drivers for my Ati Rage Mobility x1400 and install them, the monitor disappears in the
"Screen Resolution" option in the control center and it only says UNKNOWN anymore and displays the native resolution of my laptop.

i am desperate and i do not know what to try anymore ! the proprietary driver is active right now. i obviously want to be able to properly
use my external monitor.

im running a R61 Thinkpad.

this is the xrandr output after the normal mint installation, which detects everyting fine:
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user@thinkpad ~ $ xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1920 x 1200, maximum 1920 x 1600
VGA-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
LVDS connected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
   1400x1050      60.0 +   50.0 
   1280x1024      60.0     60.0 
   1280x960       60.0 
   1360x768       59.8 
   1152x864       60.0 
   1024x768       60.0 
   800x600        60.3     56.2 
   640x480        60.0     59.9 
DVI-0 connected 1920x1200+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 550mm x 344mm
   1920x1200      60.0*+
   1920x1080      59.9 
   1600x1200      60.0     60.0 
   1680x1050      60.0     60.0 
   1600x1024      60.2 
   1400x1050      74.8     70.0     60.0 
   1280x1024      75.0     75.0     60.0     60.0 
   1440x900       75.0     59.9     60.0 
   1280x960       60.0 
   1360x768       59.8 
   1152x864       75.0     75.0     75.0     70.0     60.0 
   1024x768       75.1     75.0     70.1     60.0 
   832x624        74.6 
   800x600        72.2     75.0     60.3     56.2 
   640x480        75.0     72.8     72.8     75.0     66.7     60.0     59.9 
   720x400        70.1 
user@thinkpad ~ $


this is what it looks like after i install the driver and it doesnt detect the external dvi display properly anymore.
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user@thinkpad ~ $ xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1400 x 1050, maximum 1400 x 1050
default connected 1400x1050+0+0 0mm x 0mm
   1400x1050      60.0*
   1280x1024      75.0     70.0     60.0 
   1280x960       60.0 
   1280x768       60.0 
   1280x720       60.0 
   1152x864       75.0     70.0     60.0 
   1024x768       75.0     72.0     70.0     60.0 
   800x600        75.0     72.0     70.0     60.0     56.0 
   720x480        60.0 
   640x480        75.0     72.0     60.0 
   640x400        75.0     60.0 
   512x384        60.0 
   400x300        60.0 
   320x240        60.0 
   320x200        60.0 
user@thinkpad ~ $
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Re: proprietary gfx drivers kill external monitor

Postby Husse on Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:51 pm

You did not say which Mint
I think you may have the solution here
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gksu displayconfig-gtk

There is some issue with this application that made Ubuntu hide it - it really should be in the menu
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Re: proprietary gfx drivers kill external monitor

Postby zorsch on Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:51 pm

Husse wrote:You did not say which Mint
I think you may have the solution here
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gksu displayconfig-gtk

There is some issue with this application that made Ubuntu hide it - it really should be in the menu


it happens both in Elyssa and the New 6.0rc1 - i know this command you posted is supposed to launch an applikation, it doesnt :O ! i see the hd indicator led flash and it asks for my password but then that's it.
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Re: proprietary gfx drivers kill external monitor

Postby Husse on Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:58 pm

asks me for my password but does not launch anything

Eh?
I haven't checked recently in Felicia but I think it works there to
It opens the "Screen and Graphics Preferences" applet
Did you copy the command? into a terminal?
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Re: proprietary gfx drivers kill external monitor

Postby zorsch on Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:22 pm

Husse wrote:
asks me for my password but does not launch anything

Eh?
I haven't checked recently in Felicia but I think it works there to
It opens the "Screen and Graphics Preferences" applet
Did you copy the command? into a terminal?


sorry doesnt do anything on felicia, something flashes up for a SUPER briefly after asking me for my superuser password
but nothing stays. i guess there wont be another option besides installing 5.0 and testing it there :(

it seems as if the program would load and instantly crash or kill itself or something ? i dont know !
maybe only 5.0 ?

should i install 5.0 ?
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Re: proprietary gfx drivers kill external monitor

Postby zorsch on Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:55 am

ok i used the 5.0 Elyssa live cd to test it, it load the program so there is a problem with the new version.

anyway, iam doing guided full install of Elyssa right now and will install the proprietary drivers afterwards and try the gksu displayconfig-gtk program then to see
if i can set a higher resolution. i am not paricularely positive about the success of this, but i still hope it will work !

i really do not want to have to go back to windows, at all !
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Re: proprietary gfx drivers kill external monitor

Postby zorsch on Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:21 am

ok i have tried it, i installed elyssa and the proprietary drivers, rebooted and activated them and as expected only the 1400x1050 resolution of my laptop is tollerated
and the display is called UNKNOWN in the screen resolution program.

so i launch the displayconfig-gtk and it loads as opposed to the new rc1, anyway, i see a 2nd display and i select it to be a widescreen lcd monitor at 1920x1200 click ok
it tells me to reboot, i do so and its ALL ****** now. it comes up with an error and tells me there was no proper gfx adapter found and i have to manuall configure it.

ok, i simply do it again,set scrren one set screen two reboot, well same stuff again and again and again.

im desperate, i love linux mint and without the proprietary driver videos are blocky and with the driver i cannot use my new external monitor at the right resolution.

i just got out my windows xp cd as i seriously do not know anything else i could be trying anymore.

any help and ideas ? i dont wanna go back to windows
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