Ubuntu upgrade broke my resolution setup and I can't get it back!

PleegWat pleegwat at telfort.nl
Sat May 3 10:25:39 UTC 2008

damian wrote:
> My projector was a pain in the ass to set up. It literally took me 
> months of coming back to it on and off to get the resolution I wanted. 
> I finally got a xorg file that worked just right, and then upgrading 
> to 8.04 of ubuntu seems to have completely broken my display.
> I've attached a copy of the old xorg file that I've been using fine in 
> the past. Is there anything in here that would break 8.04, but work 
> fine in 7.10? I've also attached the current xorg.conf which the 
> system has modified during my efforts.
> Also (this could be the cause of the problem), the nvidia drivers 
> don't seem to like me in 8.04. I've always used Envy yo install my 
> driver and it's worked flawlessly. I'm trying to use EnvyNG in 8.04, 
> but it's struggling. If I try to install 169.12, it crashed every 
> time. It seems to install 96.43.05 ok, but I can still only get 
> 800x600 when I use the old xorg file.
> I tried uninstalling all drivers and just enabling the Ubuntu 
> restricted driver. It didn't like that, and too me to a low resolution 
> mode.
> I'm now running without any 3d acceleration at 800x600. Any ideas what 
> could be going on? By the way, I have a FX5200 card.
> Thanks
> Damian
I had the same issue with a geforce 6600 card, also used to use envy. It 
seems the only way to get at the xorg.0.log for the failed boot is by 
bailing out to text mode - It only keeps 2, and there are 2 X restarts 
involved in getting back up with the failsafe config.

My solution was installing the binary driver from nvidia. In order to 
get that to load, I also needed to edit 
/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-restricted and comment out the nvidia module 
there (just put a # in front of it).

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