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    nvidia-legacy and xorg.conf

    I'm losing screen resolution by the hour, for some reason. [By the way, I'm going with "Absolute Beginners" here because I've been on Kubuntu for exactly a day, despite many years on Ubuntu. I don't think you need to be too detailed, in other words.]

    When I installed yesterday, my screen res was at something like 1400*1280 (is that about right?) which is just how I like it. Today I logged in and found the screen at 1040*786 (or thereabouts), and started investigating. After tinkering a while, I rebooted now I'm maxed out at 640*480, at least according to my Monitor & Display settings.

    I've tried "sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg", but only get
    Code:
    xserver-xorg postinst warning: overwriting possibly-customised configuration
       file; backup in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.20080515191738
    Here's what is actually in xorg.conf -
    Code:
    # The usual commented out stuff...
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier	"Generic Keyboard"
    	Driver		"kbd"
    	Option		"XkbRules"	"xorg"
    	Option		"XkbModel"	"pc105"
    	Option		"XkbLayout"	"us"
    	Option		"XkbVariant"	"intl"
    	Option		"XkbOptions"	"lv3:ralt_switch"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier	"Configured Mouse"
    	Driver		"mouse"
    	Option		"CorePointer"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
    	Identifier	"Configured Video Device"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
    	Identifier	"Configured Monitor"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
    	Identifier	"Default Screen"
    	Monitor		"Configured Monitor"
    	Device		"Configured Video Device"
    EndSection
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
    	Identifier	"Default Layout"
    	Screen		"Default Screen"
    EndSection
    I didn't expect to see "Configured Video Device" nor "Configured Monitor", but rather a list of specific settings.

    Here's my lspci for the card:
    Code:
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV18 [GeForce4 MX 4000] (rev c1)
    I can tell you from past experience that I require the nvidia-legacy driver for this card, and I have installed it via adept, but can't seem to select it anywhere. The only two that will even be considered as options are "nv" or "nvidia" (non-legacy).

    Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

    P.S. - I can't find where, in Kubuntu system settings, I would activate both ALT keys as 3rd-level selectors, rather than just the right ALT. This came to mind just now glancing at my xorg.conf. Thanks again.
    Last edited by ricardisimo; May 16th, 2008 at 03:33 AM. Reason: Post-script
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    Re: nvidia-legacy and xorg.conf

    have you tried using
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    sudo nvidia-xconfig
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    Re: nvidia-legacy and xorg.conf

    Code:
    sudo: nvidia-xconfig: command not found
    Is this a module or app I can install via adept?
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    Re: nvidia-legacy and xorg.conf

    This app is part of the nvidia driver I think. It should be installed on your system if you have the nvidia driver installed correctly. How about
    Code:
    sudo nvidia-settings
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    Re: nvidia-legacy and xorg.conf

    to use nvidia-config, you have to install the nvidia package and I think the easiest way is through Envy-NG
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    Re: nvidia-legacy and xorg.conf

    Code:
    sudo: nvidia-settings: command not found
    Now I can't configure my hardware via Monitor & Display. Where would I find Envy-NG? Thanks again.
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    Re: nvidia-legacy and xorg.conf

    Your nvidia driver isnt correctly installed. You can install EnvyNG through Synaptic or in terminal
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install envyng-gtk
    It will be located in Applications->System Tools->EnvyNG and you can reinstall the nvidia driver there.

    More info on EnvyNG: http://albertomilone.com/envyngfaq.html
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    Re: nvidia-legacy and xorg.conf

    Error: EnvyNG couldn't carry out the task you chose because of the following error:
    Code:
        choice(sys.argv[1], sys.argv[2])
      File "pulse.py", line 33, in choice
        objects.maninstall3('nvidia', 'oldest')
      File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/Envy/objects.py", line 156, in maninstall3
        task.nvidiaInstall()
      File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/Envy/classes.py", line 1076, in nvidiaInstall
        check.checkntry(packages)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/Envy/classes.py", line 306, in checkntry
        raise Exception(error)
    Exception: ('\nEnvyNG ERROR: The following packages cannot be installed:',)
    So now what?
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    Re: nvidia-legacy and xorg.conf

    Hmmm, thats interesting. Open terminal and try "sudo apt-get install -f" as it looks like Envy could not install the required packages for compiling the nvidia driver.

    You should also try "sudo envy --uninstall-all" before trying Envy again.
    Last edited by EXCiD3; May 16th, 2008 at 07:03 AM.
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    Re: nvidia-legacy and xorg.conf

    Well, something interesting happened. While I was waiting for responses on this issue I installed all of the restricted codecs and such for mp3s, DVDs, etc. and after these installed, I had to reboot. When I rebooted I was at a higher res... not the one I was looking for, but certainly better than 640*480. I was pleased, but then tried installing nvidia-legacy via Monitors & Display. I rebooted, and I'm right back where I started. I'm going to try fixing and/or uninstalling Envy as you suggested.

    Is there a way to just manually edit xorg.conf?
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