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Old 10-06-08, 08:25 PM   #1
rolandjdc
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Default Can't Get xorg.conf To Work Under 173.14.12

Hello all,

I'm running a laptop with a uname -a

Linux sibilla 2.6.24-19-generic #1 SMP Wed Aug 20 22:56:21 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux

kernel and these physical stats:

RCubed XW1760 (meaning an Asus Z84j)
Nvidia Geforce Go 7700 w/ 512MB RAM
Intel 945PM + ICH7M Chipset
Intel Core 2 Duo T7200, 2.0 GHz
2 x 2GB Kingston DDR2 667 Dual Channel
17" (16:10) WSXGA+ (1680x1050) TFT LCD Color Shine and Crystal Shine Technology

It's dual-boot Ubuntu 8.04 with kubuntu-desktop / XP machine.

I installed the 173.14.12 Nvidia driver via Envy, and I just can't get the thing to work the way I want it to. I'm at a total loss as to what to do.

I've tried fiddling with /etc/default/linux-restricted-common, all kinds of things. I'm trying all kinds of xorg.conf configurations, but they always break, and X drops back to 640x480. Doing a sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg or telling it to try to fix X from rescue mode results in this xorg.conf:

=====
# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "HorizEdgeScroll" "0"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen "Default Screen"
InputDevice "Synaptics Touchpad"
EndSection
======

The resolution is perfect, but since it's prone to sudden total freezes with no warning, particularly when there's something intensely graphical going on (scrolling through a big file, a web page with lots of graphics coming over the wifi), or for no reason at all.

After I installed the Nvidia driver, which an lsmod confirmed was loaded, I had this:

=====
# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
Defaultdepth 24
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Driver "nvidia"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "HorizEdgeScroll" "0"
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
screen "Default Screen"
Inputdevice "Synaptics Touchpad"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "Enable"
EndSection

======

It worked more or less nicely, no freezes so far, but the display looked more like 1440 x 1050 or something ... the desktop graphic is okay, but the windows and icons are larger, even though it *says* 1680x1050, it's not.

So I've tried things like this:

========

# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "nVidia Corporation Geforce Go 7700"
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
Option "ModeValidation" "NoDFPNativeResolutionCheck"
Option "metamodes" "1680x1050 +0+0"
Defaultdepth 24
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "nVidia Corporation Geforce Go 7700""
Driver "nvidia"
Option "RenderAccel" "True"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "HorizEdgeScroll" "0"
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
screen "Default Screen"
Inputdevice "Synaptics Touchpad"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
Option "Connected
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "Enable"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "glx"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
===========

Of course, X completely detonates, drops back to 640 x 480, and I have to reconfigure everything. If I try to use the graphical tool, it doesn't detect the card at all,it always thinks it's just a VESA card. Trying to configure by driver doesn't work, either.

Does anyone have *any idea* how I can make this damn machine obey me ?



Thanks,
Roland
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