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  1. #1
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    Increasing screen resolution

    Hi,

    I have just installed Ubuntu 9.10 on a PC with a Nvidia graphics card (unfortunately I do not know the model of the card - I "inherited" this PC).

    The installation was a success but the maximum screen resolution is 800 x 600 and I'm not able to increase it further.

    I'm suspecting that the card hasn't been detected or the relevant driver is not installed.

    Is there any way of increasing the resolution?
    How should I go about installing the driver?
    Also, as I do not know the model of the Nvidia card, is there a "general" one that I can use?

    Apologies if my questions sound stupid as I'm a newbie in this.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Increasing screen resolution

    To install nvidia-driver:

    System/administration/restricted drivers

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    Re: Increasing screen resolution

    Hi realzippy,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I'm not able to find that option in 9.10.

    Do I need to activate anything ?

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    Re: Increasing screen resolution

    so maybe its an old nvidia card.You should know the model to get a driver.Open a terminal,type:
    sudo apt-get install sysinfo

    After sysinfo installed,type sysinfo to start the app.

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    Re: Increasing screen resolution

    Hi realzippy,

    Thanks for the help !

    I can now see the card model. It's :

    nVidia Corporation NV5M64 [RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro] (rev15)
    Subsystem : nVidia Corporation Device 0006

    So I guess the next step is to download the relevant driver, right?

    Would you also be so kind as to provide the steps as to how I can install the driver once I've downloaded it?

    Thanks !

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    Re: Increasing screen resolution

    ok.. some updates...

    1) managed to download NVIDIA-Linux-x86-71.86.11-pkg1.run
    2) successfully installed the above

    But when I go to System->Preferences->Display, I get the popup :

    It appears that your graphics driver does not support the necessary extensions to use this tool. Do you want to use your graphics driver vendor's too instead?

    Clicking 'Yes' will bring up the 'NVIDIA X Server Settings' with some options checked. The left side of this popup has the title 'nividia-settings Configuration' but that's it.

    Clicking 'No' will bring me to the 'Display Preferences' popup whereby the maximum screen resolution is still 800 x 600 (which was what I was trying to increase in the first place).

    I have checked the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and there's nothing inside.

    What else do I have to do?

    Thanks
    Last edited by ranc1d; November 6th, 2009 at 03:12 AM.

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