a couple video related questions

Matt Zimmerman mdz at canonical.com
Sun Sep 19 00:05:27 UTC 2004

On Sat, Sep 18, 2004 at 07:54:08PM -0400, volvoguy wrote:

> I have an older Nvidia card (TNT2) and it seems to work better with
> Nvidia's own driver. I uncommented the "universe" repositories for apt
> and found an Nvidia driver via synaptic - so I used that one instead
> of downloading from Nvidia. Once installed, I edited my X config file
> to use the new driver, but I couldn't get it to work. After "modprobe
> nvidia" it worked fine. I've never had to do this before though. Am I
> doing something wrong and/or is there a config file somewhere that I
> can edit to automatically load this driver when the system starts?

You do not need to make any changes to your apt configuration to get the
nvidia driver; it is available by default.

You can add the module to /etc/modules to have it loaded by default at
startup.  See Bug #1302 for what we're thinking about to make this simpler.

> The next little issue I've had is that with many of the screensavers (and
> specifically with "electricsheep" which I also installed via synaptic), I
> get a lot of horizontal distortion and fuzz. So far I've only seen this
> with screensavers. I wondered if it has something to do with the way
> Ubuntu handles root access. If a screenshot would help diagnose the
> problem, I'll see what I can do about getting one. Any

Does this happen both with the default nv driver, and with the proprietary
nvidia driver?

> Other than these issues, Ubuntu has worked GREAT for me and I may even
> be moving it from my demo machine to my main desktop. Keep up the good
> work! :)

Glad to hear it, thanks!

 - mdz

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