Re: Newbie can't get nVidia Geforce 5200 FX working!
don't be afraid... you'll talking linux in no time.
it's not as hard as it seems.
first of all... when you first did a clean install of ubuntu, did it ask you to install the "restricted drivers" for your graphics card? i have nvidia card and it did that for me automatically. i jsut had to go and click on "install" for it to do it.
if the drivers are already installed, then you need to install "nvidia-settings". this is how you do that:
At the top file menu, click on Applications, then Accessories, then click on Terminal.
This will open a little window with a white background and a cursor.
copy and paste what is below. (ctr+c is to copy, ctr+shift+v is to paste into termianl)
nevermind what all that mumbo jumbo means. in a nutshell, what this will do is download a tool that can manage your screen resolution and other things related to your graphics card.
sudo apt-get install nvidia-settings
when it is done installing, all you have to do is click on System from the file menu, go to Administration, and look for the Nvidia Configuration Manager (i think that's what it's called)
once you have that up and running, you should be able to change your settings to whatever you may need.
hope it helps
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