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

sktsee sktsee at tulsaconnect.com
Sat May 3 21:11:55 UTC 2008

On Sat, 2008-05-03 at 12:25 +0200, PleegWat wrote: 
> 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.

I haven't upgraded to hardy yet, so I don't if the following information
applies, but in gutsy you can disable the failsafe mode by
editing /etc/gdm/gdm.conf and commenting out the following line:


Of course, it X fails to load you'll now be dumped out to the console,
so its probably is good idea to test if you can switch out to a vt
(ctl-alt-f[1-6], before disabling the failsafe server. 


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