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    Unhappy HP NC8000 8.04 > 8.10 low-graphics - xorg?

    Hi there

    Just messed up my daughters HP Compaq NC8000 laptop, which was working like a charm running 8.04; did a straight forward and seemingly successful upgrade from 8.04 to 8.10, but something went wrong with the graphics. And being somewhat a "noob" and having proudly avoided CLI so far, I need some assistance on this. I did some searching, but did not find any real solution yet.

    Using 8.04, everything worked perfectly, but upgrading to 8.10, I got just got full-screen terminal and a login prompt (very much like this posting: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=966190).

    Fiddling a little, status right now, when booting, is that I get this message:

    Ubuntu is running in low-graphics mode

    Your screen, graphics card, and input device settings
    could not be detected correctly. You will need to
    configure these yourself.

    [OK]


    When going through the following dialogs and menus I can see that xorg.conf is "generically empty":

    Code:
    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
    This was not the case with 8.04:

    Code:
    Section "Files"
    	Fontpath	"/usr/share/X11/fonts/misc"
    	Fontpath	"/usr/share/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
    	Fontpath	"/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
    	Fontpath	"/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
    	Fontpath	"/usr/share/X11/fonts/Type1"
    	Fontpath	"/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi"
    	Fontpath	"/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi"
    	Fontpath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc"
    	# path to defoma fonts
    	Fontpath	"/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Module"
    	Load		"i2c"
    	Load		"bitmap"
    	Load		"ddc"
    	Load		"dri"
    	Load		"extmod"
    	Load		"freetype"
    	Load		"glx"
    	Load		"int10"
    	Load		"type1"
    	Load		"vbe"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier	"Generic Keyboard"
    	Driver		"kbd"
    	Option		"CoreKeyboard"
    	Option		"XkbRules"	"xorg"
    	Option		"XkbModel"	"pc105"
    	Option		"XkbLayout"	"dk"
    	Option		"XkbOptions"	"lv3:ralt_switch"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier	"Configured Mouse"
    	Driver		"mouse"
    	Option		"CorePointer"
    	Option		"Device"	"/dev/input/mice"
    	Option		"Protocol"	"ExplorerPS/2"
    	Option		"ZAxisMapping"	"4 5"
    	Option		"Emulate3Buttons"	"true"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier	"Synaptics Touchpad"
    	Driver		"synaptics"
    	Option		"SendCoreEvents"	"true"
    	Option		"Device"	"/dev/psaux"
    	Option		"Protocol"	"auto-dev"
    	Option		"HorizScrollDelta"	"0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Driver		"wacom"
    	Identifier	"stylus"
    	Option		"Device"	"/dev/wacom"# Change to 
    	Option		"Type"	"stylus"
    	Option		"ForceDevice"	"ISDV4"# Tablet PC ONLY
    	# /dev/input/event
    	# for USB
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Driver		"wacom"
    	Identifier	"eraser"
    	Option		"Device"	"/dev/wacom"# Change to 
    	Option		"Type"	"eraser"
    	Option		"ForceDevice"	"ISDV4"# Tablet PC ONLY
    	# /dev/input/event
    	# for USB
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Driver		"wacom"
    	Identifier	"cursor"
    	Option		"Device"	"/dev/wacom"# Change to 
    	Option		"Type"	"cursor"
    	Option		"ForceDevice"	"ISDV4"# Tablet PC ONLY
    	# /dev/input/event
    	# for USB
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
    	Identifier	"ATI Technologies, Inc. RV350 NP [Mobility Radeon 9600/9700 M10/M11]"
    	Driver		"fglrx"
    	Busid		"PCI:1:0:0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
    	Identifier	"Generic Monitor"
    	Option		"DPMS"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
    	Identifier	"Default Screen"
    	Device		"ATI Technologies, Inc. RV350 NP [Mobility Radeon 9600/9700 M10/M11]"
    	Monitor		"Generic Monitor"
    	Defaultdepth	24
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	1
    		Modes		"1024x768"
    	EndSubSection
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	4
    		Modes		"1024x768"
    	EndSubSection
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	8
    		Modes		"1024x768"
    	EndSubSection
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	15
    		Modes		"1024x768"
    	EndSubSection
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	16
    		Modes		"1024x768"
    	EndSubSection
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	24
    		Modes		"1024x768"
    	EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
    	Identifier	"Default Layout"
      screen "Default Screen"
    	Inputdevice	"Generic Keyboard"
    	Inputdevice	"Configured Mouse"
    	Inputdevice	"stylus"	"SendCoreEvents"
    	Inputdevice	"cursor"	"SendCoreEvents"
    	Inputdevice	"eraser"	"SendCoreEvents"
    	Inputdevice	"Synaptics Touchpad"
    EndSection
    
    Section "DRI"
    	Mode	0666
    EndSection
    Section "Extensions"
    	Option		"Composite"	"0"
    EndSection
    I have tried to copy old xorg.conf information in to my new xorg.conf, but I did not really have much success with this.

    And looking into Xorg.0.log it looks like the "failsafe" version of xorg.conf is being used:

    Code:
    ...
    (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sat Nov  1 14:08:13 2008
    (==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe"
    (==) No Layout section.  Using the first Screen section.
    (**) |-->Screen "Default Screen" (0)
    (**) |   |-->Monitor "Configured Monitor"
    (**) |   |-->Device "Configured Video Device"
    (==) Automatically adding devices
    (==) Automatically enabling devices
    ...
    Any point in posting the entire file?

    Any ideas on what went wrong? Please help, my daughter will be back in a few hours! There will be no mercy...

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    Re: HP NC8000 8.04 > 8.10 low-graphics - xorg?

    Hi,

    unfortunatly I am not able to help you but I have the exact same problem. My computer is a Acer TravelMate 3201 with an ATI mobility radeon 9700. I upgraded ubuntu yesterday and since then I get a message saying that Ubuntu is running in low graphics mode (input device could not be detected correctly) and then I have to choose between:
    -run in low graphics mode
    -create a new configuration
    -use a backup version

    The only solution that does not crash is "run in low graphics mode". Then it seems to work well (I am not even sure if I am really in low graphics mode because it looks normal).

    I have the same xorg.conf problem and also tried to replace the new file with the backuped version but it didn't change anything.

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    Re: HP NC8000 8.04 > 8.10 low-graphics - xorg?

    Me too on my Dell Inspiron 6400. Nvidia X Server Settings told me that I am not using the Nvidia driver. Compize is not running and nor is 3d acceleration. I had a look in Hardware Drivers which told me I was using the Nvidia driver v177, I have changed it to v173 hope that will fix it.

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    Re: HP NC8000 8.04 > 8.10 low-graphics - xorg?

    Quote Originally Posted by richard2121 View Post
    Me too on my Dell Inspiron 6400. Nvidia X Server Settings told me that I am not using the Nvidia driver. Compize is not running and nor is 3d acceleration. I had a look in Hardware Drivers which told me I was using the Nvidia driver v177, I have changed it to v173 hope that will fix it.
    It did not

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    Re: HP NC8000 8.04 > 8.10 low-graphics - xorg?

    It's just like you guys.

    If I start in low-graphics mode, It works but I'm with a resolution of 1280x1024 instead of 1152x864.

    Everything is very tiny and it kills my eyes.

    I tried xrandr -s 1152x864 but it tells me it's not a supported mode. Duh !!!

    I have an ATI Radeon 9700Pro and before upgrading, I was using the proprietary graphic driver.

    I had a similar problem upgrading from 7.10 to 8.04. But an xrand command to set a virtual resolution and everything has worked well since then.

    It seems that upgrading never works like a charm for me.

    Dest.

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    Re: HP NC8000 8.04 > 8.10 low-graphics - xorg?

    Quote Originally Posted by richard2121 View Post
    It did not
    FIXED IT

    I did it in a really long way which I can't completely remember but you should be able to get the same effect by deactivating both Nvidia drivers in "Hardware Drivers", then restart, Ubuntu will then tell you that you need the Nvidia driver for all the cool features and ask if you want it activated. Just activated it and restart and then you should be good to go.

    Richard

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    Re: HP NC8000 8.04 > 8.10 low-graphics - xorg?

    Quote Originally Posted by richard2121 View Post
    FIXED IT

    I did it in a really long way which I can't completely remember but you should be able to get the same effect by deactivating both Nvidia drivers in "Hardware Drivers", then restart, Ubuntu will then tell you that you need the Nvidia driver for all the cool features and ask if you want it activated. Just activated it and restart and then you should be good to go.

    Richard
    Nothing appears in this menu for me.

    Maybe, I should desinstall the ATI driver with envyng.

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    Re: HP NC8000 8.04 > 8.10 low-graphics - xorg?

    I have the exact same problem. Compaq NC8000, kubuntu 8.04 -> 8.10, ati graphics broken. Solution?

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    Re: HP NC8000 8.04 > 8.10 low-graphics - xorg?

    Same Problem. Thinkpad R50p - ati card firegl 128

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    Re: HP NC8000 8.04 > 8.10 low-graphics - xorg?

    Last I heard the current proprietary ATI drivers for the r300 core are buggy... I'm using the open source VESA drivers (should be default for 8.10) and have disabled all desktop effects... with adequate results.

    With my NC8000 I am monitor spanning to a 22" LCD but I cannot seem to set the 1920 x 1080 resolution for the external monitor (is not listed as an option in the Screen Resolution panel although I know the monitor is capable of handling it)... anyone know how to do this?
    HP NC8000 Laptop / 2GB DDR / PM765 (2.1GHz)
    Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG 802.11b/g & Bluetooth
    Graphics : Radeon 9600 Mobility 128MB
    Primary : Hitachi 7k100 100GB (Linux, Ubuntu Hardy)

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