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NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / Acer X203H 20” VGA Monitor

Post by Mark the Auditor » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:13 am

I have a Dell Dimension E521 from 2007 (or so), on which I was running Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon (32-bit). At the time, I had 2GB of RAM (2 weeks ago, I doubled it to 4GB). When I heard that Linux Mint 19 was on the way, I remembered that I’d read that Xfce worked as the best desktop environment for older hardware, so I decided to upgrade to Linux Mint 19 Xfce (64-bit (my Dell has an AMD Sempron 3400+ processor that runs at 1.8GHz; the Sempron 3400+ is 64-bit capable, so that’s why I didn’t go with the 32-bit Linux Mint 19 Xfce)).

The Dell has an NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE integrated graphics unit and is connected via a VGA cable to a 20” Acer X203H monitor (that also has a DVI input that I use to connect an HDMI cable from a Windows 10 laptop/tablet hybrid via an HDMI-to-DVI adapter).

When I was running 18.3, the screen resolution was at its highest level (1600x900). Since upgrading to 19, the maximum resolution shows as being 1280x1024 - there’s no option to choose 1600x900.

How can I get the 1600x900 resolution effective again? I’ve tried installing the NVIDIA drivers twice (followed by uninstalling them both times); did I err by installing the 64-bit Linux Mint 19 Xfce instead of the 32-bit version?

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Re: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / Acer X203H 20” VGA Monitor

Post by all41 » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:45 am

, so I decided to upgrade to Linux Mint 19 Xfce (64-bit
Does this mean you downloaded the lm19 Xfce .iso and did a fresh install,
as opposed to an in place upgrade?
Hang in there.
Good thing here is post an overview of your current system. Open a terminal
and enter:

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inxi -Fxd
Copy those results and post them in your reply. Be sure to use the code button </> icon and paste
the results there.
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Re: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / Acer X203H 20” VGA Monitor

Post by Mark the Auditor » Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:19 pm

all41,

I appreciate your prompt reply and willingness to help a "newbie" like me; I've used Linux for less than a month now, so learning, needless to say, is still ongoing! Per your request, I've pasted the output from the Terminal command you instructed me to run. Let me also note that, when my RCA Cambio 10.1" laptop/tablet hybrid running Windows 10 Home is connected to the DVI port (through an HDMI-to-DVI adapter), the resolution is at my monitor's maximum capable resolution, which is in fact 1600x900. When I ran Windows 10 Home on this Dell PC (that is now running Linux Mint 19 Xfce 64-bit), I did have 1600x900 resolution in Windows 10, so I do know for certain that it's capable of displaying in that resolution.

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System:    Host: mark-Dimension-E521 Kernel: 4.15.0-24-generic x86_64
           bits: 64 gcc: 7.3.0
           Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.31) Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara
Machine:   Device: desktop System: Dell product: Dimension E521 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Dell model: 0HK980 v: A01 serial: N/A
           BIOS: Dell v: 1.1.11 date: 08/02/2007
CPU:       Single core AMD Sempron 3400+ (-UP-) 
           arch: K8 rev.F+ cache: 256 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3) bmips: 3607 speed: 1800 MHz (max)
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA C51 [GeForce 6150 LE] bus-ID: 00:05.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 ) driver: vesa
           Resolution: 1280x1024@0.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 6.0, 128 bits)
           version: 3.3 Mesa 18.0.5 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card NVIDIA MCP51 High Def. Audio
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:10.1
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-24-generic
Network:   Card-1: Broadcom Limited BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
           driver: b44 v: 2.0 bus-ID: 04:07.0
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: 00:13:72:30:b7:eb
           Card-2: NetGear A6100 AC600 DB Wireless Adapter [Realtek RTL8811AU]
           driver: rtl8812au v: v4.3.14_13455.20150212_BTCOEX20150128-51
           usb-ID: 001-005
           IF: wlx08028ea333dd state: N/A mac: N/A
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 95.5GB (18.3% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD800JD size: 80.0GB
           ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: USB_DISK_2.0 size: 15.5GB
           Optical-1: /dev/sr0 model: SONY DVD-ROM DDU1615S
           rev: EDS3 dev-links: cdrom,dvd
           Features: speed: 48x multisession: yes
           audio: yes dvd: yes rw: none state: running
           Optical-2: /dev/sr1 model: _NEC DVD+-RW ND-3650A
           rev: 105C dev-links: cdrw,dvdrw
           Features: speed: 48x multisession: yes
           audio: yes dvd: yes rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r state: running
Partition: ID-1: / size: 73G used: 17G (24%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 37.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 174 Uptime: 11:29 Memory: 996.5/3818.9MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.3.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.191) inxi: 2.3.56 

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Re: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / Acer X203H 20” VGA Monitor

Post by all41 » Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:18 pm

Did you check the resolution when booted to the Mint .iso in the live desktop mode
prior to selecting install? Perhaps you could run that test again to see if the monitor's native resolution
is achievable there. That will address a couple more question marks.
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Re: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / Acer X203H 20” VGA Monitor

Post by Mark the Auditor » Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:19 pm

all41,

Using Etcher, I installed the iso for Linux Mint 19 Xfce 64-bit onto a 16GB USB memory stick. I rebooted the PC from the USB memory stick. The number of screen resolutions available was, if memory serves, 10, of which one was the 1600x900 resolution I was seeking.

When I selected 1600x900, everything fit in the screen - no elongated windows with the close button not even on the screen/clock not even showing at the bottom right of the screen. Those issues were gone.

The hard-drive-based install list of resolutions currently has only 4 showing, with 1280x1024 being the best; even with that, though, the items I mentioned the preceding paragraph were still existent on the USB-Drive-based LiveCD; I selected 1280x960 and that was what I decided would be ideal for my very bad eyesight (and I mean VERY, as in, per 2 ophthalmologists, not even correctable with LASIK!); 1600x900 on a 20” monitor is very narrow and is not pleasing to my eyes’ focusing abilities, especially having gone through surgery last August to correct a severely-detached retina followed by a cataract removal from the same eye a few months later.

So now, here’s the ?:
How do I make the hard-drive-based installation show the same 10 (or so) screen resolutions as what the USB-based LiveCD showed?

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Re: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / Acer X203H 20” VGA Monitor

Post by roblm » Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:21 am

1. You never answered all41’s question:
Does this mean you downloaded the lm19 Xfce .iso and did a fresh install,
as opposed to an in place upgrade?

Compared to all other video cards available today, the integrated GeForce 6150 LE GPU is very weak in performance. It is given a score of 25 on a scale of 0 to 15000: https://www.videocardbenchmark.net/low_end_gpus.html

It is supported by the nvidia-304.134, 304.135, and 304.137 drivers in Mint 19, but those drivers don’t work correctly for all supposedly supported hardware, including mine on my older PCs.

2. Did you try installing the nvidia-304.137 driver in Driver Manager and then removed it? The inxi output you posted shows the vesa driver is being used but it should be the default nouveau driver.

3. Run a live session with the Mint 19 Xfce installation USB and use these commands in the Terminal and post the output, to get some additional info: inxi -Gx and xrandr --prop

Then use these commands in the actual installation: xrandr --prop and ls /etc/modprobe.d and ls /etc/X11

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Re: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / Acer X203H 20” VGA Monitor

Post by Mark the Auditor » Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:17 am

roblm,

You are correct in saying I failed to answer all41’s question. I did do a fresh install of Linux Mint 19 64-bit. I apologize for the oversight.

I know the GeForce 6150 LE is not that good, but I’m not wanting to put any additional $ into this 2007 Dell PC; the upgrade to 4GB RAM was the last purchase for said PC.

I’m looking to use it for spreadsheets, email, word processing, and web browsing. I’m not looking to use it for any video editing nor watching any HD videos on it; I’ve got 3 Smart TVs in the house that I can use for HD video-watching.

I’ll try the commands you posted and post the results thereof.

Thanks for the assistance.

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Re: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / Acer X203H 20” VGA Monitor

Post by Mark the Auditor » Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:35 pm

2. Did you try installing the nvidia-304.137 driver in Driver Manager and then removed it? The inxi output you posted shows the vesa driver is being used but it should be the default nouveau driver.

3. Run a live session with the Mint 19 Xfce installation USB and use these commands in the Terminal and post the output, to get some additional info: inxi -Gx and xrandr --prop

Then use these commands in the actual installation: xrandr --prop and ls /etc/modprobe
In answer to these questions posed by roblm:

On 2., I’m not really sure, so should I execute that process before proceeding to 3.?

On 3., I can use RealVNC to connect to the desktop at home now, but the LiveCD via the bootable USB can be done after I’m home from work later today.

Does the order of the steps in 3. matter at all? If not, I’ll remotely connect and run the commands from the hard-drive-based installation.

Also, when using the LiveCD from the bootable USB memory stick, how can I save the terminal output into a file to post from once I reboot using the hard-drive-based installation? I have a Netgear USB ac Wi-Fi adapter that I don’t believe works in the LiveCD mode, so I wouldn’t be able to email it to myself. I don’t have Ethernet in my house and I lack a long enough cord to connect to my COX modem/gateway/router.

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Re: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / Acer X203H 20” VGA Monitor

Post by roblm » Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:16 pm

Mark the Auditor wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:35 pm
On 2., I’m not really sure, so should I execute that process before proceeding to 3.?
No.

Mark the Auditor wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:35 pm
Does the order of the steps in 3. matter at all?
No.
Mark the Auditor wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:35 pm
Also, when using the LiveCD from the bootable USB memory stick, how can I save the terminal output into a file to post from once I reboot using the hard-drive-based installation?
Use these commands instead: inxi -Gx > inxi.txt and xrandr --prop > xrandr.txt

The output will be sent to two files named inxi.txt and xrandr.txt in the mint directory. Plug in another USB. Right click on the files and select Send to > USB.

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Re: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / Acer X203H 20” VGA Monitor

Post by Mark the Auditor » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:33 pm

roblm,

Here's the output of the terminal commands you asked me to run:

OUTPUT of Terminal command inxi -Gx > inxi.txt (USB/LiveCD) (not sure what happened with the symbols, etc. being added in)

[1;34mGraphics: [0;37m [1;34mCard:[0;37m NVIDIA C51 [GeForce 6150 LE] [1;34mbus-ID:[0;37m 00:05.0[0;37m
[1;34m [0;37m [1;34mDisplay Server:[0;37m x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )[0;37m
[1;34m [0;37m [1;34mdrivers:[0;37m nouveau (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)[0;37m
[1;34m [0;37m [1;34mResolution:[0;37m 1600x900@59.95hz[0;37m
[1;34m [0;37m [1;34mOpenGL: renderer:[0;37m NV4E[0;37m
[1;34m [0;37m [1;34mversion:[0;37m 2.1 Mesa 18.0.0-rc5 [1;34mDirect Render:[0;37m Yes[0;37m
[0m



OUTPUT of Terminal command xrandr --prop > xrnadr.txt (USB/LiveCD)

Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1600 x 900, maximum 4096 x 4096
VGA-1 connected primary 1600x900+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 443mm x 249mm
EDID:
00ffffffffffff000472730015dd3193
21130103082c1978eade95a3544c9926
0f5054bfef80714f8140818081c08100
010101010101312e40006284223058a8
3500bbf91000001d000000fd00374b1f
500c000a202020202020000000ff004c
45563043303037343031310a000000fc
0058323033480a202020202020200054
non-desktop: 0
range: (0, 1)
link-status: Good
supported: Good, Bad
1600x900 59.95*+
1280x1024 60.02
1280x960 60.00
1280x800 59.81
1152x864 75.00
1280x720 60.00
1024x768 75.03 70.07 60.00
832x624 74.55
800x600 72.19 75.00 60.32 56.25
640x480 75.00 72.81 66.67 59.94
720x400 70.08
DVI-D-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
dithering mode: auto
supported: auto, off, on
scaling mode: None
supported: None, Full, Center, Full aspect
non-desktop: 0
range: (0, 1)
link-status: Good
supported: Good, Bad



OUTPUT of Terminal command xrandr --prop (Hard-Drive-Based Installation):

xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
Screen 0: minimum 640 x 480, current 1280 x 1024, maximum 1280 x 1024
default connected 1280x1024+0+0 0mm x 0mm
1280x1024 0.00*
1024x768 0.00
800x600 0.00
640x480 0.00



OUTPUT of Terminal command ls /etc/modprobe.d (Hard-Drive-Based Installation):

alsa-base.conf blacklist-modem.conf
amd64-microcode-blacklist.conf blacklist-oss.conf
blacklist-ath_pci.conf blacklist-rare-network.conf
blacklist.conf dkms.conf
blacklist-firewire.conf intel-microcode-blacklist.conf
blacklist-framebuffer.conf iwlwifi.conf



OUTPUT of Terminal command ls /etc/X11 (Hard-Drive-Based Installation):

app-defaults xinit Xresources XvMCConfig
default-display-manager xkb Xsession Xwrapper.config
fonts xorg.conf Xsession.d
rgb.txt Xreset Xsession.options
vncserver-virtual.conf Xreset.d xsm

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Re: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / Acer X203H 20” VGA Monitor

Post by roblm » Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:16 am

Use this command to open the existing xorg.conf file: xed admin:///etc/X11/xorg.conf

Remove all the lines. Then add these lines:

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Section "ServerLayout"
   Identifier   "Layout0"
   Screen   0 "Screen0" 0 0 
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
   Identifier    "Monitor0"
   HorizSync       31.0 - 80.0	   
   VertRefresh     55.0 - 75.0
   Modeline "1600x900_60.00"  118.25  1600 1688 1856 2112  900 903 908 934  -hsync +vsync
EndSection

Section "Device"
   Identifier   "Device0"
   Driver   "nouveau"   			
EndSection

Section "Screen"
   Identifier   "Screen0"
   Device   "Device0"
   Monitor   "Monitor0"
   DefaultDepth   24
   SubSection     "Display"
      Depth       24
      Modes "1600x900" 
   EndSubSection
EndSection
Log out and back in. Go to System Settings > Display to check if the 1600x900 resolution is being used. If not, then make the change.

If there is a problem getting back to the desktop, then press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to enter the virtual console tty1. Login and then type this command to remove the xorg.conf file and reboot: sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf; reboot

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Re: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE / Acer X203H 20” VGA Monitor

Post by Mark the Auditor » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:07 pm

roblm,

I did EXACTLY what you said; when I logged out and logged back in, the maximum resolution showed as 1024x768. This is going the wrong way! This is also getting to be VERY frustrating and I'm wondering now if I should've stuck with Windows 10 Home.

Originally, I had said I wanted 1600x900, but it was really compressed on the screen and didn't work well at all with my bad eyesight. Instead, I want the screen's resolution to be 1280x960.

But, I'll press on. Is there ANYTHING in Linux similar to Windows' Device Manager so that I can delete the graphics card and monitor and have it scan for them again?

Frustrated greatly,

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