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Re: Nvidia driver problems in new install

#11 Post by fehlix » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:17 pm

PPC wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:12 pm
I always tried instaling using the nvidia installer from the mx menu. Never tried it in any different way...

another problem: after reboot, I always have to go to nvidia control panel and change my resolution... do ou folks think it's save to click the "save to X config..." button? :confused:

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Yes, sorry have seen you tried it already. Hmme, I also have Nvidia, but never got any such an issue with installtion as you gone through.
To your last question, I never have done this either trough nvidia control panel.
Just using xrandr if needed.
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Re: Nvidia driver problems in new install

#12 Post by PPC » Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:07 am

Since my problem was solved (without even me knowing how), I have only one other question (besides being safe to click the add to X button on the nvidia control panel).

[EDIT: for those that experience a similar problem I got my screen to automatically start at the desired resolution without having to add a xrandr instruction to autostart: I just went to the MX screen resolution, clicked in a lower resolution, without cliking "Apply", I clicked back in my desired resolution and then I applied it. the resolution stuck even after rebooting]

Given my concrete situation, if in the future I have to reinstall MX and I get the same problem again, do you think that just reinstalling the nvidia driver from MX menu and rebooting and using the "/etc/X11" backup I just did (in root mode to avoid problems with file permitions), and rebooting again would solve the low resolution only problem I usually get after installing the driver?
Having these 2 questions question answered would be enough for me to mark this as "Solved".

And by the way, many thanks for those of you that tried to help me with this small but annoying problem...
And thanks to the developers that came up with such a nice distro! I'm fortunate enough to be using this distro on a (old) desktop my brother gave me ( 1800 Mhz single core, 3 giga of RAM!) and compared to the OS it came with (W10), it flies! :-)

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Re: Nvidia driver problems in new install

#13 Post by linux-dummie » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:28 am

I had exact same problem as OP. Today I installed MX17-32bit on an Asus P5KPL-CM mobo, 4gb ram, intel Q8200 cpu, 500gb hdd, and a Jaton Nvidia 8400 GS (512mb) graphics card. I did the preliminary nvidia install from the MXTools option, and the install ran okay. But on rebooting I had the same exact low resolutions as the OP mentioned. My monitor is an old Planar PL1700M vga. I uninstalled all the nvidia files through synaptic, deleted xorg.conf (and backup), and then reinstalled using MXTools again, several times. Each time I picked a different option when it asked if I wanted to look for an older driver, etc. Still gave me the same problem.
Then reading the MX manual, I learned about sgfxi, tried it, followed the on-screen directions exactly, and it worked! I now have a bunch of resolution choices. I usually change my resolution through the Settings/Display option in the whisker menu.
Will I have to run this again if I ever update the kernel? And what if I ever have to uninstall this driver?

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Re: Nvidia driver problems in new install

#14 Post by dolphin_oracle » Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:14 am

You will have to run it whenever you want to update as the sgfxi method is outside the package system.

However when installing new kernels the dkms driver might rebuild, might not, depending on how the kernel is packaged.
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Re: Nvidia driver problems in new install

#15 Post by PPC » Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:09 am

linux-dummie wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:28 am
I learned about sgfxi, tried it, followed the on-screen directions exactly, and it worked! I now have a bunch of resolution choices. I usually change my resolution through the Settings/Display option in the whisker menu.
Thanks for sharing that here! Unfortunately I didn't have a good experience with sgfxi installing nvidia drivers on my home desktop, running antiX 16.2... so I didn't try it on MX linux... But it's nice knowing it may work when/if I have to reinstall..

@dolphin_oracle : till this date I have no idea how the nvidia drivers began working and how to replicate it... Since it seems I'm not the only one with this problem... Is there any idea about what went wrong with the driver install? Could it be something with MX or with the driver itself? Installing ok via sgfxi but not via Nvidea driver install provides any clue at all?

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Re: Nvidia driver problems in new install

#16 Post by dolphin_oracle » Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:43 am

There is a little bit of a gotcha with the xorg.conf file generation. For a while now, nvidia-driver no longer requires one, and for a while we didn't generate one. But that caused some problems for a set of users, so we went back to generating one. And that seems to work better we we still see problems. I don't know if that's related to your problem or not, and I don't know if the sgfxi install generates a xorg.conf. if it does, it may just generate a better one, and that might be worth checking in to.
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FYI: mx "test" repo is not the same thing as debian testing repo.

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