[xubuntu-users] $@$@$&%#%& Nvidia card... anyone know if the xorg-video-nv driver does 2d _high_ resolution?

Joe(theWordy)Philbrook jtwdyp at ttlc.net
Sat Jul 10 02:44:18 UTC 2010

I know beggars can't be choosers so I can't complain that the hp pavilion
My brother in law gave me has built in Nvidia geforce 6150 LE. This is
however the first time I've ever had to deal with it. I'm not sure what my
PCLinuxOS installation did, but it was rather painless and everything
looked good enough. I do know that when I installed Arch Linux it defaulted
to the durned nouveau driver which blew away my virtual console screens.
That is there was no video at all. And since I hadn't installed x yet I had
to mount my Arch partition from the root login on my PCLinuxOS install to
blacklist it. I wound up installing their nvidia driver via the pacman
package manager which at least made setting it up painless...

But now I'm working on cloning my laptop's Xubuntu (karmic) installation 
on this amd_64 PC. (After I get it running right, and backed up to a .tgz 
archive then I'll try upgrading to Lucid...) Anyway, according to
synaptic the xserver-xorg-video-nv driver is already installed, but it
seems the highest resolution I can set is 800x600 @ 60Hz... Now I can't
remember the exact resolution I got with the same built in nvidia and the
same high-res Sony flatscreen but I know it offered resolution settings
of 1200+ x ???? So I know 800x600 is not a hardware limit.  But then
again, I've never had to deal with the video driver settings before so I
don't really have a clue what I'm doing.  So since synaptic also tells me
I've got the xserver-xorg-video-vesa driver installed I think maybe
that's the driver that's limiting my resolution?  But how the heck do I
tell Xubuntu to use the durned nv driver???
I only care about 2d graphics anyway, and I'd rather not have to spend the
time and effort learning to build an use custom kernel modules just to use a
proprietary driver. But 800x600 is getting old really fast.

Could some nice person point me at a good how-to for selecting the correct
video driver??? Or if someone knows that the nv driver doesn't do high res,
then please tell me, and point me at a good how-to on setting up the binary
Nvidia driver (including what do I gotta do to include the appropriate
kernel modules)???

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