nvidia driver enabling in 11.04?

Basil Chupin blchupin at iinet.net.au
Fri Aug 5 06:03:36 UTC 2011

On 05/08/11 15:17, Ric Moore wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-08-04 at 16:57 +1000, Basil Chupin wrote:
>> On 04/08/11 16:13, Ric Moore wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2011-08-03 at 15:07 -0700, Dave Stevens wrote:
>>>> choked.ca/nvidia.png
>>> cd into /etc/X11 and check what your xorg.conf file contains. It should
>>> show that the driver is set to nvidia. Like this:
>>> Section "Device"
>>>       Identifier     "Configured Video Device"
>>>       Driver         "nvidia"
>>> EndSection
>>> If you ain't got that, then for about the nth time this week, just crank
>>> up nvidia X Server Settings, and let it save your /etc/X11/xorg.conf
>> It may be prudent to be cautious about offering this advice about
>> xorg.conf because this is no longer generated as the video settings are
>> generated "on the fly" when the system is booted.
> ...and you will get some generic display as well.

True, but it also depends on what you mean by "generic".  To date I have 
never had a hassle with having my (LCD) monitors' resolutions recognised 
or displayed correctly. The only little "problem" which I worry about 
(whether or not I should I am not sure) is that the auto setting selects 
60Hz as the refresh rate when we, here is OZ, have 50Hz - so I alter 
this in the Monitor settings in System Settings.

> However, I believe, that it is generated if you use the nvidia settings
> menu (or some command line instruction).
> that's what I'm outlining here...

Unless I am totally mistaken, the nVidia settings option does not come 
up until you have the proper nVidia driver installed and not the 
mickey-mouse pretend-driver.

> file after you've messed around with the various settings. It should ask
> for your su password. Sometimes that bit gets hidden behind. Once it's
> written it should be all enabled for you then. Then recheck your
> xorg.conf file and it should be corrected. Reboot and you might see the
> nvidia splash screen.
> If not working now, something is seriously hammered. But, I personally
> wouldn't use the nVidia supplied dot-run file. It uses different library
> directories to install it's files to and something is bound to go wonky,
>> To this very day I always use the "sh NVIDIA*.run" file, downloaded
>> directly from the nVidia site itself, to install the nVidia driver.
>> Never a hitch, never a problem.
>> But you do need to have installed the "kernel-source", "make", and "gcc"
>> before doing this, as well as being in init 3 and logged in as root.
> There you have it, you may do this, but many have no business doing
> that.

Pray tell: why not? :-)

> although I used it for years with RedHat as I had ~no other option~.
> Stick with the Ubuntu supplied route, if at all possible. Raise hell
> about it, if it remains broken, with a bug report :) Ric
> p/s I'm getting almost 30,000 fps, using glxgears, with an old crufty
> FX-5500 board.
>> I's rather curious about this 'cause you have mentioned this card
>> several times :-) .
>> May I ask the brand/manufacturer of this FX5500 card?
> GeForce FX 5500

GeForce FX 5500 seems to be a generic term used by various 
manufacturers. The ones I have installed on all my (current) computers 
are made by Gigabyte.

>> Reason for asking is that I have this card installed on my wife's
>> computer and even though it has DVI output it will NOT work with digital
>> output, but will only perform when set to analog.
> No clue as I use that extra port with a converter plug to drive my
> second display. :) Ric

Ah, is this telling me that you are using CRT monitor(s) and not LCD?

If not, can you then please tell me the converter which you are using to 
get the proper display on the LCD monitors you are using?


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