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Old 01-05-06, 07:03 AM   #1
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Cool Linux drivers for 30" Dell or Apple monitors?

Hi,

We are looking into getting one of these monitors to use on a linux workstation and will obviously need a new vid card... one of these, I think:

NVIDIA QuadroFX 2000
NVIDIA QuadroFX 3000
NVIDIA QuadroFX 3400
NVIDIA QuadroFX 3450
NVIDIA QuadroFX 4000
NVIDIA QuadroFX 4400
NVIDIA QuadroFX 4500
NVIDIA Geforce 7800GT
NVIDIA Geforce 7800GTX
NVIDIA Geforce 7800GTX 512

I believe that we are currently using Linux ES 3

Can I assume that there are linux drivers to support these cards before recommending that they spend about $3K for the monitor and vid card?

Where would we find such a driver?

Thanks.

AJ
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Old 01-05-06, 07:51 AM   #2
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Yes, all those cards are supported by the Nvidia Linux drivers. The drivers are available on Nvidias homepage, and linked from this very forum (the sticky posts at the top). And I'm quite sure 30" monitors should work just fine, all you'll probably need to do is configure X11 correctly (size, hsync, refresh, resolution - or worst case: a modeline). I use an even more exotic display, and it works perfectly out of the box (sgi 1600SW).
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Old 01-05-06, 07:57 AM   #3
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Newegg has a eVGA 6600GT which has dual-link DVI.
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Old 01-05-06, 08:04 AM   #4
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Most modern, highend Quadro boards contain a dual-link DVI interface and second 7800 cards contain it too but I'm not sure if all 7800 cards contain a dual-link DVI interface. You really need a dual-link interface in order to be able to use the highest resolution of those screens. Really double check the specs of the boards.
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Old 01-05-06, 08:21 AM   #5
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Default Re: Linux drivers for 30" Dell or Apple monitors?

Thanks for the responses and my apologies for not posting in the correct sub forum.

I'm not the SA doing this installation so don't really know that much about this. I'm just trying to see if I can get my management to approve buying one for testing.

There is one issue, however, that I do know might be a problem. The SA working helping me to look into this said:

"The only problem is Nvidia driver for X. The X driver is usually a few generations behind the driver for Windows or MacOS

The latest driver available from their website doesn't mention any restrictions or limitations but it doesn't automatically mean the dual dvi setup is supported"

So that is his primary concern.

Thanks again for the responses.
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Old 01-05-06, 08:36 AM   #6
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The nvidia linux drivers support all this and they are at the same level as the windows drivers. For windows there are lots of unofficial releases but if you only consider official driver releases both are at a similar level.
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Old 01-05-06, 01:43 PM   #7
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I've successfully run two Apple 30" DFPs at their maximunm resolution on a Quadro 4400 with the nvidia driver.

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Old 07-19-06, 10:52 PM   #8
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Hi Lonni
Thats good to know. if you don't mind, could you post an example X11 config file to set the 30" apple displays up?
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Old 07-20-06, 12:50 AM   #9
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with the newest drivers it reads the modelines from EDID and my 30 inch dell 3007WFP works fine on my desktop (pny geforce 6600 gt), it has 2xDual-link DVI ports which I would recommend this card if the system was AGP and you dont plan to do 3d stuff on it.
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Old 07-20-06, 12:56 AM   #10
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here is my xorg.conf I only have modelines for my old 22 inch CRT monitor which I am not using anymore, I needed no special modelines for 2560x1600

Code:
Section "Module"

    Load        "extmod"
    SubSection  "extmod"
    EndSubSection

    Load        "type1"
    Load        "freetype"
    Load        "glx"
    Load        "v4l"
EndSection

Section "Files"
    RgbPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
    FontPath    "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local"
    FontPath    "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc"
    FontPath    "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
    FontPath    "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
    FontPath    "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
    FontPath    "/usr/local/share/fonts"
    FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts"
    FontPath    "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts"
    FontPath    "/usr/local/share/fonts/TTF"
    FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi"
    FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi"
    FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/cyrillic"
    FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/default"
    FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/local"
    FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/misc"
    FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
    FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/ukr"
    FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/TTF"
    FontPath    "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF"
    FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/default/ghostscript"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
Option "AllowMouseOpenFail"  "1"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Keyboard1"
    Driver      "kbd"
    Option "AutoRepeat" "500 30"
    Option "XkbRules"   "xfree86"
    Option "XkbModel"   "pc101"
    Option "XkbLayout"  "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Mouse1"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option "Protocol"    "imPS/2"
    Option "Device"      "/dev/input/mice"
    Option          "Buttons"               "7"
    Option          "ZAxisMapping"          "4 5"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier  "ViewSonic P225f"

    HorizSync   30-50
    VertRefresh 60

   Modeline	"1600x1200"  257 1600 1616 1808 2080 1200 1204 1207 1244 +HSync +VSync
   Modeline	"1280x1024"  209 1280 1312 1440 1696 1024 1031 1046 1072 -HSync -VSync
   Modeline	"1920x1200" 155.0 1920 1984 2016 2144 1200 1203 1206 1212
   Modeline	"2560x1920" 400.00 2560 2624 2848 3248 1920 1920 1926 2000 +hsync +vsync
   Modeline	"2368x1776" 374.00 2368 2444 2952 2960 1776 1778 1794 1869 +hsync +vsync
   Modeline	"2048x1536" 337.22  2048 2064 2544 2656 1536 1536 1552 1605 +HSync +VSync
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "NVIDIA Geforce 6600 GT"
    Driver      "nvidia"
    Option "NvAGP" "2"
    Option "RenderAccel" "true"
    Option "Coolbits" "1"
    Option "AllowGLXWithComposite"
    Option "FlatPanelProperties" "Scaling = aspect-scaled, Dithering = disabled"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier  "Screen 1"
    Device      "NVIDIA Geforce 6600 GT"
    Monitor     "ViewSonic P225f"
    DefaultDepth 16

    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       8
        Modes       "2560x1920" "2368x1776" "2048x1536" "1920x1440" "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
        ViewPort    0 0
    EndSubsection

    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       16
        Modes       "2560x1600" "2048x1280" "1920x1200" "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1280x800" "1024x768" "960x600" "800x600" "768x480" "640x480" "320x240"
        ViewPort    0 0
    EndSubsection

    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       24
        Modes       "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" "512x384" "320x240"
        ViewPort    0 0
    EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier  "Simple Layout"
    Screen "Screen 1"
    InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection
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