Ubuntu Multimedia :: Swapping Between ATI And NVIDIA Cards?

Mar 3, 2010

I am running Ubuntu 9.10. My work requires me to frequently swap video cards between an ATI Radeon 5870 card and an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX card. My question is: can the ATI driver (fglrx - catalyst 10.2) and the NVIDIA driver (nvidia 190.29) co-exist? Or do I need to reinstall the driver every time I change the card? I would like for the drivers to be able to co-exist so it would only be a matter of restarting my machine with the new card and choose the right xorg.conf file (perhaps from the GRUB menu).

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Fedora :: Multiple Sound Cards, Card Number Swapping?

Aug 2, 2009

I have an M-Audio Delta 44 sound card, and a USB MIDIinterface device, both are recognized, and work. My problem is as each are seen by alsa as sound cards, sometimes the alsa card numbers switch between boots. Is there a way to set these devices to always have the same card number for alsa

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Are Nvidia Graphics Cards Still Preferred To ATI?

Apr 11, 2010

After a PSU and motherboard failure, I'm about to spec out a new PC. The last time I looked, Nvidia was the preferred graphics chipset as they tended to support Linux better than ATI. Is this still the case?[url].... seem to have lots of ATI cards in stock but hardly any Nvidia (despite offering a similar sized range), but I don't want to get an ATI card if it's not preferred for technological reasons (or even FOSS ethical reasons!).

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: No Sound Over Hdmi On Nvidia Cards?

Sep 29, 2010

I have seen several posts on various message boards that touch on the no sound over hdmi on nvidia cards issue (mine is an 8400 gs) and the general consensus seems to be create a custom edid and tell x to use it. So here is the heart of the post: I downloaded http://analogbit.com/sites/default/file /edid_disable_exts_v1.2.tgz to modify my edid but I don't know what to do with it. I extracted it and tried $ make and $ sudo make install But that wasn't the ticket,

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Mar 17, 2011

I am finding a lot of issues with flash in 11.4 release. As I know it is flash issue, because some people after updating flash on 11.3 got the same problem.

Flash seams to be crashing or/and slowing down web browser. After trying to figure out where is the problem, i found that:
1) removing SLI helped a little bit
2) updating to beta (270) nvidia drivers helped a little bit (moving window with flash animation from one screen to another one that is connected to different graphic card does not crash the browser anymore)

But still the problem exists.

For example, sometimes when i minimize the window with flash animation and i open new window (e.g. with spreadsheet) and move it on the same place where was previous window with flash, I can see this flash animation as a background of the new window....

Also, when i am moving the window with flash around, the flash disappears or gets gray.

Sometimes, ..... does not load the movie, but if i open the movie in VM windows, it works fine. After reloading Xwindows it works for a while also in opensuse.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: NVIDIA Geforce GT240 10.04 - Maximize Video Cards Capabilities?

May 6, 2010

I recently upgraded to Lucid from Karmic and shortly before the release upgraded from a geforce 8400gs to my geforce GT240 and noticed no difference on Karmic. I read somewhere that the capability of video cards would be applied further with Lucid. Since installing Lucid I've noticed a severely reduced sharpness and severely increased contrast, changing the contrast in X server has no effect. My hardware driver is activated but not in use and no online fix I've attempted has been successful in resolving the issue. Is it possible to use a gt240 on lucid with no hassle and is there any way I can maximize my video cards capabilities?

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Ubuntu :: Does Unity Actually Work With NVidia Cards?

Apr 29, 2011

Did an upgrade to Natty - on first boot, when I log in, it tells me I don't have the hardware to run Unity (not likely - it's an NVidia GTX460, not even a year old). I assume it's a driver problem, so I install the restricted NVidia binary drivers through jockey. That's the ubuntu way, I figure, let it do its thing. So with those enabled, I have 3d acceleration (hi, World of Warcraft!) but still no Unity. I blow away .gconf* and .gnome* (as I'm used to doing whenever something gnome-related goes wonky which, in Ubuntu, seems to be every single Ubuntu release) and absolutely no love. I log in and again, it tells me I don't have the hardware. I scoff at this dialog box as I fire up WoW and frag some orcs in glorious 3d. No, Mr. Dialog box, you're a filthy liar. How do I coax Unity into running on this thing? Or does it just... not? Switching to Nouveau isn't an option, as I need my games (and anyway, I don't think it was even in use originally).

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Ubuntu :: Multiple NVidia Cards Boot Hang?

Mar 29, 2010

I have 2 NVidia graphics cards, a GTX275 and a GT210. My system boots just fine in 32-bit Windows 7, so I know it isn't a hardware problem.Linux boots fine with either the GTX275 or the GT210 installed, but hangs after the file system check if both are installed. My motherboard has 3 pci-e slots, an x1, x4, and an x16. I've tried various configurations, all fail except 1 graphics card installed in either of these slots. I got my system to boot a couple of times with both cards installed in Xbuntu 9.10. Then this problem randomly happened.

System Specs:
Ubuntu 10.04 Beta, 2.6.32-16 Kernel
MSI N275GTX Twin-Frozr 896MB
MSI N210GT 512MB (got it for VDPAU on an HDTV )[code].....

I'm not inclined to believe the problem is here. I don't even get a bootsplash, let alone XServer to start. The system hangs after a flurry of HDD activity. Checked partition, and it's ok.


fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2
/sbin/fsck.xfs: XFS file system.

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Fedora :: F14 And Xinerama With Both NVidia And ATI Cards?

Mar 16, 2011

I've got a Dell Xeon with two video cards - an nVidia Quadro2 MXR/EX/Go and an ATI Radeon 7000/VE. Under Fedora 10 Xinerama worked just fine, but I recently upgraded to F14 and Xinerama no longer works.The X server tries repeatedly to start but fails, with gdm-binary eventually giving up in disgust. If I comment out the ''Option "Xinerama" "On"' line it starts up (see attached xorg.conf), albeit with a few quirks. I have two X screens (:0.0 and :0.1 - one for each monitor), where :0.0 works just fine but :0.1 has no window manager - I can bring up windows on it but they have no window border ( no min/max/close buttons, can't be resized, etc). The mouse moves freely from one monitor to the other, but windows don't.The error messages I get when I try to use Xinerama are as follows. In /var/log/messages I get:

Mar 10 10:32:41 valdez kernel: [60328.892005] [drm] nouveau 0000:01:00.0: Allocating FIFO number 1
Mar 10 10:32:41 valdez kernel: [60328.892477] [drm] nouveau 0000:01:00.0: nouveau_channel_alloc: initialised FIFO 1
Mar 10 10:32:41 valdez kernel: [60328.907615] [drm] nouveau 0000:01:00.0: nouveau_channel_free: freeing fifo 1
Mar 10 10:32:41 valdez gdm-binary[21435]: WARNING: GdmDisplay: display lasted 0.457045 seconds


I've tinkered around with xrandr a bit but have had no luck - mostly the screen flickers briefly and things continue on as they were before.

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Hardware :: Nvidia GTX 280M Cards Under 9.10?

Jan 5, 2010

I'm really desperate here, I have an Alienware M17X laptop with dual Nvidia GTX280M video cards, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit kernel - 2.6.31-16-generic. The installation was smooth excluding the video cards. I tried installing the drivers through the Hardware Drivers (the easy way) added this: http://ppa.launchpad.net/nvidia-vdpau/ppa/ubuntu to the list of repositories and got the following drivers available: 173,180,185,190,195(recommended). So I tried them all (did 4 re-installs already) with a very poor result - the cards are detected and the drivers were installed ok, but the performance is really a no-go. I'm not even talking about the SLI yet. Just trying to make one card work as it should. What I get is 136FPS in phoronix lightsmark test at 19020x1200 rez. The card should perform 4x from what it does (I know it because the phoronix team did it with a Clevo laptop with single GTX280M card and the older 185.x driver). Also I noticed that the Nvidia X-server shows my cards as PCI 8X instead of 16X, so I think it's a driver issue. So right now I'm trying to install the same driver phoronix used and have some trouble: in the process the installer says it needs to compile the Nvidia driver kernel and is unable to do so, so it fails. What am I missing here? Do I need some prerequisites to be installed prior doing it?

P.S> Part of lspci output:
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GT200 [GeForce GTX 280M] (rev a2)
03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GT200 [GeForce GTX 280M] (rev a2)

As you can see the cards are detected.

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Debian Multimedia :: Swapping Caps Lock And Escape In X?

Feb 24, 2010

For a good while I used the following code to swap caps lock and escape, which is very beneficial to me as I have vim-like keybindings in most of the apps that I use:remove Lock = Caps_Lock

add Lock = Escape
keysym Caps_Lock = Escape
keysym Escape = Caps_Lock
followed by xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap, which I got from http://vim.wikia.com

/wiki/Map_caps_lock_to_escape_in_XWindows. However, after a recent Debian upgrade with aptitude, this stopped working - or, it does work poorly, in that caps lock toggles caps lock and acts as escape, so I have to press it twice all the time. Is there a better way to do this with X, since my solution stopped working?

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Ubuntu :: Run Compiz In LiveUSB W/ Nvidia Or ATI Cards W/o Restricted Drivers?

Oct 10, 2010

Compiz works out of the box in Live systems when run on computers with integrated Intel graphics chips.Is there a way to make it work on system with Nvidia or ATI chips? Even if I have persistence enabled, downloading and installing the drivers does not carry over to the next session and it again throws up a "restricted drivers available/needed" prompt.P.S The purpose of doing this is for demos. Plugging in a live system and letting people play with whizbang effects is the best way to convert them

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Ubuntu :: Multi-Monitors: Can ATI + Nvidia Video Cards Co-Exist

Apr 8, 2011

As described in further detail below I am looking for some help in Ubuntu 10.10 with a multi-monitor + multi-gpu setup using both ATI and Nvidia video cards installed within the same system (que scoffs and jeers). Is it possible to sucessfully run both ATI and NVidia GPU's and Drivers simultaneously in Ubuntu 10.10 (think multi-monitor environment)? I am asking b/c I am having trouble figuring out how to manage my video cards - particularly ATI - within a multi-monitor + multi-gpu video card environment.

Here's the setup:

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat
x2 - NVidia 6800XT SLi GPU's + 2 DVI outputs/per card (Serviceable card for my needs)
x1 - ATI Rage XL PCI Card + 1 VGA output (Yes, ancient hardware...I know)


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Fedora :: F11 To F12 Doesn't Seem To Like Legacy Nvidia Cards?

Nov 18, 2009

Greets all and congrats on the developers on bringing us another great version of Fedora. My box has an Nvidia GForce4 MMX 440 SE 64MB SDRam. I downloaded and updated from F11 to F12 last night. Before I went to bed It booted to a blank screen, GDM didn't want to start. I decided to investigate in the morning and went to bed. The first problem I found was that the F11 Legacy Nvidia Drivers were causing a problem, so I had to remove those. I also did an update with yum to get everything 100% updated. Then rebooted, more problems. GDM did NOT want to start for anything. More investigating found that the culprit was this nouveau kernel mod. Well, I had the xorg nouveau driver installed and I thought that this might be one in the same so I removed the xorg one with no avail, the nouveau kernal mod still loading. Seems that they are different and one is used for the xorg server and the other is used for the framebuffer console. I had to pass nouveau.modset=0 to the kernel at boot time to rid myself of the framebuffer. GDM starts now and I have resinstalled the xorg Nvidia nouveau driver though I have not tested it as of yet. Is there a better way at disabling the framebuffer boot up then by passing things to the kernel?

Edit: I take all that back. Upon further tinkering, reading, and investigation. The problem seems to be two fold: 1) The legacy nvidia drivers pissed and moaned about permission so I removed them. 2). This one I over looked and was causing me most of my grief. I didn't change the xorg.conf video driver from nv to nouveau. I did this and it works fine now. It seems that the "Linva-config-display" And I am sorry that I do not know exactly what this is at the moment. But this would automatically change the video driver from nvidia to nv if I manually changed it in the xorg.conf file after I removed the nvidia drivers. So I ASSUMED(my big mistake) that it would automatically see the nouveau driver and replace the nv with that. I was very wrong. After I added it manually, I rebooted and it runs fine now.

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Sep 10, 2011

i just upgraded my pc to 12.1 milestone 5 when i went to play my fav game (Xonotic) it was all laggy at 1 fps. I realised the graphics card app wasnt working anymore.Can any 1 fix PS and i had to go on failsafe too. PS2 milestone 5 workes flawlessly apart from the gnome 3 bug at startup

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Fedora Hardware :: Configure Two Video Cards - ATI And Nvidia

Jan 31, 2010

Due to the miss of proprietary drivers from AMD for Fedora 12, I have installed a second video card in my system (a Nvidia one) for BOINC calculation. This card is not connected to a monitor.

So in the system I have this two cards:
ATI Shappire Radeon HD2600XT (256MB)
Asus Nvidia Geoforce 6600 (356MB)

The ATI is in the first PCI express device, the Nvidia to the second PCI express:


So I have used this Xorg configuration file (if I let Xorg to configure without the configuration file, it sets NVidia to default card and X files to start):


The Nvidia driver were installed as described in some forum:

1) disabling nouveau in grub configuration


2) Take SElinux to alow the driver:


With this, the driver is correctly loaded in memory:


But the Xorg says that not Nvidia Driver where found (see the attack file).

These are the NVIDIA driver installed:


What can I do to make NVIDIA driver to work?

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Dec 27, 2009

From what I've read there is no problem running one nvidia card on a crossfire motherboard, but not much information running two cards.Some context: I currently have a Core 2 Duo on a motherboard with an nForce chipset supporting SLI. I have 2 nVidia 9400 graphics cards not in SLI mode driving my 3 monitors.I'm toying with the idea of upgrading the CPU and motherboard (maybe the RAM if I go for DDR3), and am leaning (back) towards the AMD camp, however most of the motherboards for AMD CPUs that have 2 PCIe x16 slots also have Crossfire.

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Apr 2, 2010

I read that the Nouveau Gallium3D driver will work with Nvidia cards in Fedora 13 (YAY!)What I was wondering is this - will the driver work in 12 or will I need to get 13?

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Jul 7, 2011

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Jul 15, 2010

Like a guy earlier today report a problem with Opensuse 11.2 working fine on his machine but 11.3 is not. I have somewhat the same problem. The default installation freezes randomly. I have seen this error before with Intel video cards but never with NVIDIA. Right now, I'm using VESA in failsafe mode and trying to install some drivers from this repo.

I'll try and find a fix for this. (Hope their is one)BTW, can anyone confirm when the official drivers for NVIDIA cards are coming out?

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Oct 27, 2009

So I installed openSUSE 11.1, and got everything from yast2 and then finally got nvidia.ymp or whatever. Bascially, the one click install. When i did that, I couldn't boot into the SUSE GUI. I could boot into the command line but I couldn't start X server.When I did try the Ec2-openSUSE- option, I get grub error 13. It says that the ex2fs file system is not supported, only I did not format it with ext2. I am completely stumped and I'm a newbie.

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Jan 9, 2011

I just replaced the ATI videocard by a NVIDIA GT430 videocard on my Slackware64 13.1 htpc and cant get the card to be detected by alsa so I have no sound through HDMI. Only the onboard devices are detected. Alsaconf does not see the card and the Kmix application does not see it either. Only lspci & cat /proc/asound/cards see it but seems not able to use it...I am using the stock slack64 13.1 kernel and I've recompiled alsa from sources to version 1.0.23. What do I need to do to get this to work??aplay -l

**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: pcsp [pcsp], device 0: pcspeaker [pcsp]


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Apr 19, 2010

I'm trying to set up a 4 monitor sys with 2 different cards. 1 is an ATI, the other an inVidia.

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May 3, 2010

I have an old video card, Nvidia XFX 7800GT, which is now beginning to fail and I need to upgrade. I am not huge a gamer but I do play/buy games on regular basis. Right now I'm playing Eternal Lands on the Linux side. Looking to spend $100-$150 on a new card.I have a Core2Duo Wolfdale 3.0, with 2ghz ram and run Lucid 32bit. Also run windows Vista64Ultimate on dual boot (rarely).

I would love to buy a new ATI 5770 or 5830, ATI budget cards seem to be much better for the buck over budget Nvidia cards, but I'm concerned with ATI drivers and long term with Ubuntu.On the Nvidia side I'm considering the GTS 250. The only advantage I can find is lower power consumption with Nvidia and Ubuntu has always preferred Nvidia over ATI, as far as working drivers go.As Far as Ubuntu and Lucid is concerned, which way is best, ATI or Nvidia? Has anything changed with ATI support, that could make theor cards more compatible now and in the future?

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Aug 2, 2010

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Jan 31, 2011

tried to install linuxant drivers which failed and then I uninstalled it. Now sound does not work, installed alsa backports again, installed alsa, alsautils again as well. no luck.

aplay -l

aplay: device_list:235: no soundcards found...

This is on maverick.

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Apr 26, 2011

My laptop is a Dell XPS 1340, it contains an integrated 9400M, and a discrete G210m. In trying to get vgaswitcheroo working with these cards, it seemed that every time I tried to switch outputs, my computer would freeze.

cd /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo
sudo chmod 777 switch

echo DIS > switch # Same with DDIS, same with OFF It seems like what would happen if vgaswitcheroo turned off the driver (nouveau) powering the card on PCI bus 3 (the 9400M), and attempted to turn on the driver powering the G210m, which doesn't exist.. I think? Can somebody confirm?


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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Monitor Configuration Dual Cards?

Feb 11, 2010

I'm having a rather hard time getting my 3 monitors setup as one display. I can get all three to work without too much heartburn using 3 separate X instances. The monitors are on 2 different video cards, one dual heads. The other on it's own card.

I've tried countless ways to get this to work, and I'm just not feeling the love. There are 2 17 inch monitors on the 1 video card and then the second video card has a 24 inch monitor on it. I can get the two monitors on one head to work with twinview, but the third one is left out.

The physical configuration looks like this..

17inch on the left of the 24 inch monitor, and another 17 inch monitor on the right, with the 24 inch monitor being in the center.

I'm going to include my current xorg.conf and lspci.


harry@ubuntu:~$ cat /etc/X11/x
xinit/ xkb/ xorg.conf xorg.conf.backup
harry@ubuntu:~$ cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings: version 1.0 (buildd@palmer) Sun Feb 1 20:21:04 UTC 2009


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May 21, 2010

After working on trying to get my 3 monitors to work with Ubuntu 10.4 and my ATI Radeon HD3200 (IGP) and HD4850 cards, I just had to share the xorg.conf. I am using the default open source drivers that came with 10.4 and I kept KMS enabled (it wouldn't work without it).

Here is my conf:
Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "X.org Configured"
Screen 0 "4850-2-Screen"
Screen 1 "4850-1-Screen" RightOf "4850-2-Screen"
Screen 2 "3200-Screen" RightOf "4850-1-Screen"
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
Option "Xinerama" "on"
#OPtion "Clone" "off"
EndSection .....

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