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Old 10-12-02, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default Geforce2 MX400 and NEC Multisync 70

I was just trying to get my card to work, and everything seemed to set up alright through debian woody/testing, except I can't get it to start at better than 800x600 resolution, with a 16 depth.

My monitors horizontal sync is 31-69, and vertical is 55-120. Maybe my monitor isn't up to snuff, but the manual says NEC recommends 1024x728@75Hz.

Should this work, and if so, what cn I do to fix this? Also, how do I figure out what a monitor is capable of by it's sync values, in case I need a better one? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-15-02, 01:25 AM   #2
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I have almost the same hardware as you. A GeForce2 MX 400 and an NEC XV15 Multisync. It's working famously using 1024x768@80Hz with a custom modeline. First verify the configuration file XFree86 is using. This probably is /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 or /etc/X11/XF86Config.
Then set the the default depth and your modes to your preferences. I've included my own configuration file for you to reference. There is also plenty of howto's around for all of this.


Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "XFree86 Configured"
Screen "Screen"
InputDevice "Mouse" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "Files"
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
ModulePath "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/CID/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"

Section "Module"
Load "extmod"
Load "xie"
Load "pex5"
Load "dbe"
Load "record"
Load "xtrap"
Load "glx"
Load "speedo"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard"
Driver "keyboard"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "Mouseman"
Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"

Section "Device"
Identifier "nVidia GeForce2 MX400"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "ConnectedMonitor" "CRT"
Option "IgnoreEDID"
Option "NoLogo"
Option "DigitalVibrance" "1"
VideoRam 65536
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor"
VendorName "NEC"
ModelName "XV15"
HorizSync 31 - 65
VertRefresh 55 - 100
Option "DPMS"
ModeLine "1024x768" 91.01 1024 1072 1312 1408 768 770 782 808 +hsync +vsync

Section "Screen"
DefaultDepth 24
Identifier "Screen"
Device "nVidia GeForce2 MX400"
Monitor "Monitor"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768"
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Old 10-19-02, 04:12 PM   #3
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Thanks van, your post helped me find out a lot about how the XF86Config-4 file works. I should already know this stuff, but GL stuff is only for my home kit, and most of my jpro work is DB and server work. Anyway, I copied the useful bits to my XFConfig, and it worked. I could play with a lot of the GL toys, no problem.

Still, I had two problems. One, and I'm assuming it's the custom mode, is that my screen was really off center and narrow. Where did you learn (I know I need to RTFM) how to make custom modelines? Also, your setup looked (at least on my system) to be a 800x resolution. I'm using 1024x728 right not, with the nv driver.

As a side note, I'm not totally sure about the custom mode stuff, because even when I #'d it out, it still came up like that.


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Old 10-19-02, 04:18 PM   #4
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I believe you can use the xvidtune program to generate modelines. But I'm not sure how it works, as I've never used it myself -- the default refresh rate is what I have my monitor's controls sync'ed to, so I don't ever see anything off-center or the wrong size or whatnot. But I think you'll be able to figure it out.
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