Problems with Video Drivers

hollunder at hollunder at
Wed Sep 17 22:48:24 BST 2008

On Wed, 17 Sep 2008 13:28:54 -0600
Gustin Johnson <gustin at> wrote:

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> Christopher Stamper wrote:
> > 
> > Choose driver by adding:
> > 
> > Driver     "drivername"
> > 
> > Under the VideoCard seciton of /etc/X11/xorg.conf
> > 
> I mentioned dpkg-reconfigure as it will reset the xorg.conf to the
> defaults.  This is in case there some other cruft in the xorg.conf
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That's all nice and well, but: xorg.conf is pretty empty nowadays. Also
that part is not available anymore in dpkg-reconfigure. So if you have
problems with the default resolution it's even harder now to fix. At
least I don't know of a reasonably easy way to do it. It worked well
with dpkg-reclonfigure but that doesn't work anymore.
The sanest way I know of is copying that part from an old or example
xorg.conf and adjust it. It was easier back then when the stuff was
still in the xorg.conf and just needed adjustment.

I'd try nv drivers and edit the xorg.conf. For me the I think most
relevant part looks like this:

Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Default Screen"
        Monitor         "Configured Monitor"
        Device          "Configured Video Device"
        DefaultDepth    24
SubSection "Display"
                Depth   24
                Modes           "1280x1024"     "1024x768"      "800x600"      $

You might need to adjust some other stuff as well, but as I said, try
the old one. IMHO "improved" xorg configuring is more a mess now than it
was before.


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