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

Charlie Kravetz cjk at teamcharliesangels.com
Sat Jul 10 11:58:48 UTC 2010

On Fri, 9 Jul 2010 22:44:18 -0400
"Joe(theWordy)Philbrook" <jtwdyp at ttlc.net> wrote:

> 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)???

Since nouveau has replaced the nv driver in the kernel in Lucid, you
probably do not want to use the nv driver. However, you should be able
to use the nvidia hardware driver. This is installed using
"Applications -> System -> Hardware Drivers" in Xubuntu.

Charlie Kravetz 
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