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    Dual screen with 12.04 and 7600GT

    I'm trying to setup my two monitors to work with my GeForce 7600GT card and Ubuntu 12.04.

    Here's my progress so far:
    1. Enabled the v173 driver
    2. Rebooted and got desktop effects, so it works
    3. sudo nvidia-xconfig for a clean xorg.conf
    4. Reboot, everything still working on one screen


    When I run sudo nvidia-settings, I see the following configuration:
    nvidia1.png

    Is it right that the two screens are disabled? Anyway, in an attempt to get a dual screen configuration, I try to set them both to 'Separate X screen'. Then I save the configuration and reboot.

    After the reboot, all desktop effects are gone, and all I got is everything duplicated on the second screen. I also get a compiz crash message. Sometimes even my network connectivity is gone.

    When running sudo nvidia-settings, I get an (apparently known) error message: 'You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just run `nvidia-xconfig` as root), and restart the X server.'

    When I remove the 173 driver, I can reproduce all this from step 1.

    What am I doing wrong?
    Last edited by the music man; September 18th, 2012 at 04:34 PM. Reason: attached screenshot

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    Re: Dual screen with 12.04 and 7600GT

    Please attach screenshots with the paperclip icon in the edit panel above the message.

    Why are you using the 173 driver. I have a 9600GT and the nVidia driver I have is 304.43? nVidia is changing around which drivers support which cards. But yours should still be the current driver.

    GeForce FX GPUs are supported through the 173.14.xx NVIDIA legacy graphics drivers.

    This all should be older info:
    NVIDIA 295.49 Fixes Linux Performance Regression
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTA5NjQ
    Fixing the performance regression of the 295.40 driver that affected GeForce 6 and GeForce 7 series hardware.

    Warning for nVidia GeForce 6, 7, and 8800 cards with 12.04 Precise
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1969754
    serious issue with the GeForce 6, 7, and 8800 GTS/GTX cards, K/Ubuntu 12.04, and their latest 295.40 driver.
    Last edited by oldfred; September 18th, 2012 at 04:33 PM.
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    Re: Dual screen with 12.04 and 7600GT

    I installed the 304.43 driver now, because of the issues described in the second article you provided. After installation TwinView was enabled automatically, and now I can adjust my monitor settings with the built-in Ubuntu configuration.

    Thanks for the information!

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    Re: Dual screen with 12.04 and 7600GT

    Quote Originally Posted by the music man View Post
    I installed the 304.43 driver now, because of the issues described in the second article you provided. After installation TwinView was enabled automatically, and now I can adjust my monitor settings with the built-in Ubuntu configuration.

    Thanks for the information!
    I have the same graphics card. Does 304.43 give any other improvements over 173 beside dual screens? I'm finding Unity sluggish and games often exit badly leaving the desktop locked up.

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