Should I buy a new graphics card or a new computer?

Thomas Kaiser ubuntu at
Tue Apr 28 16:09:37 UTC 2009

Chris Jones wrote:
> Thomas Kaiser wrote:
>> Hello All
>> I have a ASUS 8AN-SLI Deluxe MB with AMD 64 Bit processor and a nVidia 
>> GeForce 6600 GT graphics card. This box is now about 4 years old.
>> I upgraded lately to Ubuntu 9.04 and can't configure the xserver to work 
>> with my 2 monitors correctly.
>> Would a new graphics card help?
> Presumably you had this configuration working OK in the past ?

Yes, of course. It was working with the nVidia drive and 2 monitors 
(Ubuntu 8.10).

> If so, then at least you know the hardware can support it, and thus 
> there is no reason (modulo bugs) why it cannot be done in 9.04.

Yes, but the xserver starts in "low graphic mode" with only one monitor 

I just copied the old xorg.conf file but this results in 2 black 
monitors when X starts :-(
> I would suggest posting a few more details on what exactly goes wrong 
> with your current hardware, before thinking about expending cash on new 
> hardware ... The X log would be a start ;)

Good idea, but I removed all nVidia drivers to get at least one monitor 
running with the nv driver, in a good resolution.

So, far I guess the log file will not help here......

The nv driver helped so far that I have now both monitors working -> in 
"low graphic mode" :-(

It looks like that I have to figure out which nVidia driver I need ....


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