Ubuntu Multimedia :: Nvidia Geforce3 Only Allows 640x480?

Oct 21, 2010

I have a fresh install of 10.04 lts I've followed the BinaryDriverHowto on the wiki. Which seemed to install everything ok.

The Nouveau had I believe 1024x768, now all I can seem to get with the proprietary driver is 640x480.

Is there a way to add resolutions to the xorg.config? I tried to use what the howto suggested, but I get video mode not found.

Here's what the Nvidia xorg.config looks like. Don't know if it will help.

# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings: version 1.0 (buildd@palmer) Fri Apr 9 10:35:18 UTC 2010
# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig


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Jan 14, 2010

I have just installed Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic on my HTPC, and it detected my TV (connected via DVI, so is a monitor effectively) OK, and displayed the proper resolution of 1360 x 768. I want to use the proper nVidia drivers which I've enabled using the restricted drivers tool in Ubuntu. On doing this, it has set the resolution to 640 x 480, and the nVidia configuration tool will not let me set it any higher.

1. The contents of xorg.conf are now irrelevant as of the last few versions of X?

2. The nVidia software is not reading the EDID information from my TV properly?

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I've tried editing xorg.conf in several different ways, but resolution didn't change, maybe I was doing it the wrong way.

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I have got installed the NVidia GUI tool which reports the proper card, screen display ( 1280x1040 ) and the current X-WIn setting ( 640x480 ).

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Jun 14, 2010

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Jan 2, 2010

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I have latest nVidia drivers installed, and the main difference with last week, is that now, Display Configuration says CRT-1, unknown instead of Iiyama.

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