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Can't change resolution with the Nvidia Drivers

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whisper's picture
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I installed the latest Nvidia drivers on my brand new LFS system. Everything is great with the exception of one thing: The resolution can be only at 1024x768@85 and my monitor only supports 1024x768@60* so I tried to change that in the xorg.conf file but it doesn't make any diference. When I try starting X with another driver in the Device section of the xorg.conf file (like the "vesa" driver or "nv") the resolution settings take effect.
How do I fix this?

*With the 1024x768@85 or 1024x768@75 my monitor gets a blured image so I suppose my monitor doesn't support
frequencies higher than 60Hz. That also happens in other SOs.

a thing's picture
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nv

That's what you get for using proprietary software that you can't fix. Why don't you just stick with the nv driver?

whisper's picture
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You're right. But if I want

You're right. But if I want to get graphics aceleration I'll have to use the official drivers right?

a thing's picture
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or

Or get another video card that isn't from nVidious.

whisper's picture
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Well... I'll have to wait

Well... I'll have to wait for that to happen because I don't have enough money for now. There's no need for graphic aceleration for now anyway so I'll just stick to the nv driver. However solutions for this problem are allways welcome if there's any Smiling

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I've never owned a nvidia

I've never owned a nvidia card, but these kinds of issues usually have to do with misconfigured xorg.conf. Sometimes it's not even your fault, but the distribution simply doesn't detect and set the optimal settings for your monitor. Distributions usually tend to be a bit conservative in that regard, kind of on the safe side. Ubuntu usually sets mine to 1024x768@60Hz while it supports the same on 87Hz.

So I'd suggest you play with your xorg.conf vertical and horizontal refresh rate settings. Make sure that you keep the vertical setting in line with the maximum refresh rate of what you believe your monitor can support. Of course you do have to know in general what your monitor can support not to accidentally burn the thing somehow. Eye

This issue can happen regardless of the card or drivers you use, but it is certainly possible that nvidia drivers are being substandard here and as a_thing says you can't do anything about it really..

The best choice principally is to shove nvidia's substandard proprietary drivers up their a** and use nv while planning on getting a shiney new card that will work with drivers that you can actually control, not the manufacturer. Eye

Hopefully some of these notes be of some help..

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I've already played with the

I've already played with the frequencies and resolution settings in xorg.conf used the refresh rates from the Xorg.conf file from my Ubuntu instalation but it didn't made any effects.
I guess I wait until I get a new card Smiling
thanks for your help! Smiling

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