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I need nVidea help

#1 Post by Topher » Mon May 05, 2014 6:39 pm

I have loaded Mepis 11 on a PC for a person who gave up on XP. Everything went great; I ran sgfxi to get the right driver, updated the system and downloaded a couple applications that she wanted. Then I ran inxi to get a system list and that caused the computer to log the user out and come back to the login screen. I get about 6-7 lines then logout. So I used MX-14 live to see how that would go. In the default mode the video screen had some streaks and blinked lots. In vesa mode the screen was good. So I am thinking that when I ran sgfxi and it loaded the nouveau 96.43.23 driver, that is too high a version. I googled it and someone said that 96.43.18 or 96.43.19 was the right version. How do I find out the correct driver to use?
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Re: I need nVidea help

#2 Post by uncle mark » Mon May 05, 2014 6:52 pm

Topher wrote:I have loaded Mepis 11 on a PC for a person who gave up on XP. Everything went great; I ran sgfxi to get the right driver, updated the system and downloaded a couple applications that she wanted. Then I ran inxi to get a system list and that caused the computer to log the user out and come back to the login screen. I get about 6-7 lines then logout. So I used MX-14 live to see how that would go. In the default mode the video screen had some streaks and blinked lots. In vesa mode the screen was good. So I am thinking that when I ran sgfxi and it loaded the nouveau 96.43.23 driver, that is too high a version. I googled it and someone said that 96.43.18 or 96.43.19 was the right version. How do I find out the correct driver to use?
What graphics card is reported?

Also, sometimes sgfxi needs to be run twice.
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#3 Post by Topher » Mon May 05, 2014 7:02 pm

It is an NVIDIA NV18 [GeForce4 MX - nForce GPU] . I did run sgfxi twice and it did change things. I was able to go to 1024 x 768 and before running sfgfxi all it had was 800 x 600.
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#4 Post by uncle mark » Mon May 05, 2014 7:50 pm

Topher wrote:It is an NVIDIA NV18 [GeForce4 MX - nForce GPU] . I did run sgfxi twice and it did change things. I was able to go to 1024 x 768 and before running sfgfxi all it had was 800 x 600.
If you've got a good screen now without the anomalies you described earlier, I'd say you're probably not going to get any better than that on that aged card. But don't take my word for it; wait for one of the gurus (you know who they are) to chime in and either confirm or correct me.
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#5 Post by Topher » Mon May 05, 2014 8:00 pm

How do I undo what sgfxi did. I have Mepis11 installed and used MX-14 live to see what worked. I should be able to get better than 800 x 600.
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#6 Post by uncle mark » Mon May 05, 2014 8:05 pm

Topher wrote:How do I undo what sgfxi did. I have Mepis11 installed and used MX-14 live to see what worked. I should be able to get better than 800 x 600.
Now I'm confused. You said just the opposite above.
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#7 Post by kmathern » Mon May 05, 2014 8:09 pm

You could try commenting out the HorizSync and VertRefresh lines in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, if they're wrong they can cause Xorg to not use the display's best resolution.

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#8 Post by Topher » Mon May 05, 2014 8:27 pm

Now I'm confused. You said just the opposite above.
I have Mepis installed not MX-14. I only used the live-cd of MX to see what would work as a live cd.. How do I undo what sgfxi did to get Mepis11 working?
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#9 Post by Topher » Mon May 05, 2014 8:50 pm

You could try commenting out the HorizSync and VertRefresh lines in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, if they're wrong they can cause Xorg to not use the display's best resolution.
That gives me a 640 x 480 resolution. And running inxi still logs me off.

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Booting the live Mepis11 dvd and using xdrvr=vesa still only gives me 800 x 600. Booting the live cd MX-14 using the vesa boot option gives me 1024 x 768. I may have to use MX-14 for her. I just am not that familiar with it yet and hesitate to start a new user with something I am not that familiar with. I guess I may have to have a crash learning session.
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Re: I need nVidea help

#10 Post by gwrench » Mon May 05, 2014 10:09 pm

"sgfxi -n" should install the xorg driver. I've had to use it a few times.

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