NVidia-settings don't seem to be working

David M. Carney carney1979 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 23 20:38:16 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-10-23 at 13:28 -0600, Luis Murillo wrote:

> I have installed nvidia-glx-legacy package and it works like it should.
> But when I modify anything on the nvidia-settings it only seems to
> affect that program only and not the rest. I need to modify some values
> on the Color Correction since my main monitor displays colors in a weird
> way.
> It worked before and now that I had to reinstall Ubuntu because I messed
> up the previous install it doesn't seem to work like it should. Any
> ideas as to what might be causing this?
> - --
> Luis Murillo
> lmurillo at gmx.net
> Cel: (506) 351-8251
> Heredia, Costa Rica

Run nvidia-settings. Change the settings to your liking. I set mine with
no programs running. I have not seen your described problem, so maybe
this is part of your answer? 

When you have changed your settings, an ~/.nvidia-settings-rc file is
created that contains your settings.

But when you exit nvidia-settings and restart your xserver, your
settings go back to their default.

The secret (in Gnome) to make your settings active, is to go to System
>> Preferences >> Sessions >> Startup Programs (tab) and make an entry
for /usr/bin/nvidia-settings -l (the -l is a lowercase "-L", not a
numeral one). Default order can be left at 50.

When you start Gnome, nvidia-settings will run, it will read your config
file ( the ~/.nvidia-settings-rc file), pass these values in this file
to the xserver, and then nvidia-settings will exit.

nvidia-settings has no man page, but you can get more information by
typing 'nvidia-settings -h' in a Gnome-terminal.

Best of luck!


Registered Linux User #297958

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