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linuxa 12-24-06 04:39 AM

Toshiba + Ubuntu + Geforce4 420GO = Major Headache
Hi there

I currently run Ubuntu (Dapper - 6.06) Linux on a Toshiba Satellite 2410 with a Geforce4 420GO graphics chip set. I've been having a lot of problems getting the graphics working correctly. For the record, Ubuntu's stock nv driver works fine, without graphics acceleration, and inability to watch movies full screen (flicker lines).

So I went and downloaded the latest Nvidia drivers (previous versions doesn't work, always get API mismatch errors). Uninstalled the restricted-common modules, and installed the 9742 drivers.

What I've found is that the computer starts with a pulsating white border (think Christmas frost :p) against a black screen, it just carries on pulsating, no sound or anything else.

I ended up CTRL-ALT-F1 out of there, executed startx, and it got X up and going (yay!)

Unfortunately, X now has that annoying black bar down the right side of the screen, which I had been able to fix by setting "IgnoreEDID" to true in xorg.conf in the previous version of Ubuntu. This time however, the fix simply doesn't work (tried adding it to the Monitor, Device, Screen sections).

Other things that I have already set or tried are:
1) in /etc/modprobe.d/options, the NVReg softEDID and Mobile options are already set to the correct values. 0 and 2 respectively, I have a non-Compel toshiba.

2) I have tried some of the options suggested in problem section point 7 from here:

It entails adding the following lines to the Screen section:
Option "ExactModeTimingsDVI" "TRUE"
Option "ModeValidation" "DFP-0: NoEdidDFPMaxSizeCheck, NoVesaModes"

All that did was shrink my screen to 640x480 size to be surrounded with black borders on all four sides.

I'd be happy with any suggestions regarding this issue.

And if you already have full graphics working on a Toshiba Satellite 2410 with Ubuntu, can you tell me what version of Ubuntu and graphics driver that you are using please.

Thanks in advance.

adam.lawler 12-27-06 02:28 PM

Re: Toshiba + Ubuntu + Geforce4 420GO = Major Headache
exact same symptoms as previously stated. the only difference is i'm running 6.10. any idea's guys?

linuxa 12-28-06 12:27 AM

Re: Toshiba + Ubuntu + Geforce4 420GO = Major Headache
Thanks for the feedback adam, I had hoped that upgrading to Ubuntu 6.10 would solve this issue. Apparently that's not the case.

Any news is still better than no news.

Dr.Dran 12-28-06 12:58 PM

Re: Toshiba + Ubuntu + Geforce4 420GO = Major Headache
I join the headache too.
I have a Toshiba 2410-603 with a GeForce MX 420 Go... I have installeg Gentoo on my system and I have tried both legacy and regular drivers but the result are very bad...
Now I'm running my system with the nv xorg drivers without the 3D acceleration... Please Help US to see the LIGHT!!!!!!!!!
I don't want to run a hardware art half of his performance!!!

Best regards

linuxa 12-29-06 06:53 AM

Re: Toshiba + Ubuntu + Geforce4 420GO = Major Headache
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I forgot to mention that the nvidia drivers (7667 & 7676) which were working on the previous version of the Ubuntu (5.10 Breezy Badger) doesn't on the Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake.

It can't seem to find the necessary files to load glx, or nvidia.

Xorg.0.log attached.

adam.lawler 01-10-07 07:48 PM

Re: Toshiba + Ubuntu + Geforce4 420GO = Major Headache
since n oone has updated this i assum ethat we are at a standstill.

linuxa 01-11-07 12:27 AM

Re: Toshiba + Ubuntu + Geforce4 420GO = Major Headache
I guess people that have got their laptop working is happily on holiday :p

* bump *

cut 01-22-07 08:45 AM

Re: Toshiba + Ubuntu + Geforce4 420GO = Major Headache
I have a similar problem, although I'm using Ubuntu 6.10 and the Driver 1.0-9361. The only thing i additionally found out so far is that you have to use Option "ModeValidation" "DFP-0: NoDFPNativeResolutionCheck" instead of NoEdidDFPMaxSizeCheck, since it's no longer availiable according to the Driver Readme. This should remove the black borders on at least 3 sides (in my case).

My problem history is explained at http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=84773.

Regards, cut.

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