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Old 12-19-08, 10:12 PM   #1
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I'm new to linux, new as in never used it. I just installed Ubuntu 8.10 and ran the package updater so my system is up to date. However, the system defined driver only let me have a resolution off 800x600 at 61hz, not so good. I have a SVA 9005w-b lcd 19" monitor which is running at 1440x900 at 60hz currently. It's capable of running at 1440x900 at 75hz, that's the max range.
So I installed the 177.82 driver (recommended) by the way. Then I rebooted and the login screen for Ubuntu came up looking better than before, no longer 800x600 but higher. I login, then my screen goes blank and the monitor says it's out of range because my resolution is 1600x1200 at 75.4hz The max for my monitor is 1440x900 at 75hz I believe. I am currently booted into my Vista OS, but I would like to keep Ubuntu and learn the linux platform. So how do I fix this? I'll attach my NVIDIA System Information report in case it might help.
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Old 12-20-08, 12:12 AM   #2
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Boot your system into recovery mode from the grub menu. Let it bootup and you will get a menu. Choose XFix and let it run. When complete choose resume normal boot.
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Old 12-20-08, 03:42 AM   #3
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OK, so that got me back to the original 800x600 display, which looks pretty horrible on my monitor. When I logged back in it said that proprietary driver were available to make the display better. One quick note here, when I ran the live cd I knew that I had a problem, so when I did the actual install I did it with the safe graphics option. Anyways, my new question is, how do I get a proper resolution? The only option I have in the resolution preferences is 800x600 or 640x480 I believe it is. Is there a way to set the settings before I activate the proprietary driver?
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Old 12-20-08, 07:14 AM   #4
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No, you will need the driver to get your correct resolutions (Although you could edit your xorg.conf to use the "nv" driver instead of "vesa" in the mean time).
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Old 12-20-08, 04:16 PM   #5
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I know I need the driver, but I don't know how to configure it. Whenever I install the driver it prompts me to reboot so that the driver can be activated. Whenever I reboot the login screen comes up and looks pretty good, no more 800x600 resolution. However, once I login it sets the resolution to 1600x1200 at 75.4hz which is out of my monitor's range. So the only thing I see is a blank screen with an error message from my monitor telling me it's out of range. I need to know how to set the resolution either from the terminal, or before I activate the driver.
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have you tried using envyng to setup your driver?
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Old 12-20-08, 07:13 PM   #7
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have you tried using envyng to setup your driver?
No I haven't. I'm a noob to the whole linux scene so I don't know the proper commands or tools to use. I'm just wanting to learn linux because I hear a lot of good things about it and I wanted to try something different. So, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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There could be a number of things going wrong. You'll have to provide more info, see stickies for how to produce a bug report.
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First unload any driver you have loaded. Go into the terminal and type and enter:
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sudo nvidia-installer --uninstall
To load envy go into terminal and enter:
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sudo apt-get install envyng-core envyng-qt
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Applications>System Tools
Click on Envyng and load the recomended driver.
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