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    How to configure video

    Have installed Ubuntu 11.04 next to XP. Video is balky - system is slow. Mouse conflicts too?

    How to configure card and monitor? Don't even know how to decipher chipset.
    Using Acer flat screen monitor.

    My install says I can't use Unity, so am using Classic. Video testing hangs....
    Thank you for pointing me to a way to configure.

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    Re: How to configure video

    Quote Originally Posted by davedaveh View Post
    Have installed Ubuntu 11.04 next to XP. Video is balky - system is slow. Mouse conflicts too?

    How to configure card and monitor? Don't even know how to decipher chipset.
    Using Acer flat screen monitor.

    My install says I can't use Unity, so am using Classic. Video testing hangs....
    Thank you for pointing me to a way to configure.
    Provide us with the output of this commant:
    sudo lspci | grep VGA

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    Re: How to configure video

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV18 [GeForce4 MX 440 AGP 8x] (rev a2)

    BTW, I have another card if that helps. The nVidia has cooling fins. The other one does not (Cardex)

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    Re: How to configure video

    Quote Originally Posted by davedaveh View Post
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV18 [GeForce4 MX 440 AGP 8x] (rev a2)

    BTW, I have another card if that helps. The nVidia has cooling fins. The other one does not (Cardex)
    It's an old video card and I can't give you a working solution. I doubt whether it supports gnome3.
    Have a look at this thread also http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1487976

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    Re: How to configure video

    I thought Linux could run on old stuff.

    Can this card work?:

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. ViRGE/GX2 (rev 04)

    (It actually is more unstable!!)

    Thanks for your help.
    Last edited by davedaveh; March 26th, 2012 at 04:06 AM.

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    Re: How to configure video

    Quote Originally Posted by davedaveh View Post
    I thought Linux could run on old stuff.

    Can this card work?:

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. ViRGE/GX2 (rev 04)

    (It actually is more unstable!!)

    Thanks for your help.
    It's also a very old one. You won't be able to run gnome3 on it. I can say only that Ubuntu-10.04 worked fine with it.
    You can also try some more lightweight DE (xfce, lxde).

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    Re: How to configure video

    OK you have some good ideas. I'm wondering if I can even get a video card for a regular PCI slot - I've seen some high powered ones that may outpower my MB. They've got HDMI and stuff. (Just need a card!)

    I will try Lubuntu - hopefully I can install ntsf-3g/Disk Manager on it so I can see my old unbootable XP partition.
    Yeah -- Linux can see my bad XP partiton files when all other boot disks cannot.
    Thanks for the tips, AlexDudko

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    Re: How to configure video

    Quote Originally Posted by davedaveh View Post
    ...I'm wondering if I can even get a video card for a regular PCI slot ...
    Yeah, that could be a real challenge. You might have to go online to find some place that still stocks the "old" PCI cards.
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