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    Default Re: Configuring graphics cards in openSUSE 11.3

    Quote Originally Posted by bennohansen View Post
    I for one have given up. I have other things to do. But I did take the time to whine about it at my new blog which no one is reading anyway: Dear openSUSE: Your 11.3 display settings doesn't do it for me.
    I note this in your blog:
    PS. Yes, I consider going through some of the procedures described at the Configuring graphics cards wiki page. But just from peeking at it I sure understand why most would never consider this an option
    I confess I am getting a bit worn down, and long in the tooth ... my wish here is that users, when they see something they do not like, would contribute to fix the wiki for areas that are difficult to read, to the maximum extent practical for them. Thats what open source is about, and its something we strive for.

    I wrote that guide. I want input for the guide. I asked for input for that guide. I received input for that guide and implemented it as best I could.. I made it as simple as I knew how, with step1, step2, step3, etc .. where AS SOON AS ANY STEP WORKS one can stop.

    But I read:
    But just from peeking at it I sure understand why most would never consider this an option
    I confess I can be irrascible and irritable at times, but I do have to look myself in the mirror in the morning, and I do have a wife who pulls me down to earth and ensures I am not too nasty a person. Hence I think I am able to politely receive constructive criticism that IS SPECIFIC.

    How then do you propose to improve that guide, A guide where YOU say most would never consider this as an option?

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    Default Re: Configuring graphics cards in openSUSE 11.3

    Quote Originally Posted by epicurious View Post
    I followed through the guide; got a segmentation fault on running Xorg -configure; and am now trying to find SaX2 again... without success. Does anyone know of a repository that has it?
    Its not uncommon (sadly) to get a segmentation fault when running "Xorg -configure". Still, even though that happens, often the /root/xorg.conf.new file is STILL CREATED with the seg fault. Did you check for the file ? is it there ?

    Did you also try booting to 'safemode' ? Did you try the 'nomodeset' boot code? But MORE to the point, what Intel card do you have? Some Intel cards work BEAUTIFULLY and some do NOT work at all. We need to know SPECIFICALLY which you have.

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    Lightbulb Re: Configuring graphics cards in openSUSE 11.3

    1 click install works fast and it gets right kernel modules. Secondly, there is no point in creating xorg.conf.new and then copying it. Get to terminal, su yourself and open nvidia-settings. Check the configuration and save it from there.

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    Default Re: Configuring graphics cards in openSUSE 11.3

    Thanks for the link to the stickySDB article. I got hung up switching from NVidiaTNT2 to MatroxG400. After doing the Xorg -configure, testing it simply crashed the system. Then I learned 11.3 doesn't use a configuration file anyway until I used the nomodeset boot option. The automated boot time configuration threw me, but it makes sense for the variety of configurations possible now.

    I moved xorg.conf.new to /etc/X11/xorg.conf, copied the modes section from a SuSE9 alternative boot partition XF86Config, cleaned up the format according to the xorg.conf man page, and it works nice now.

    Learning is frustrating, but that's how I got old cards to display nicely on new aspect ratio LCD monitors. The software machinery is usually there if you dig hard and long enough.

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    Default Re: Configuring graphics cards in openSUSE 11.3

    Just installed 11.3 inside a VMware guest and am also having video configuration issues. I went through the SDB posted for 11.3 video and the best I could do based on that information was get the system to come up with a 1440x1050 display. The Xorg.0.log file says that the 1680x1050 mode was rejected due to "width requires unsupported line pitch."

    I then found in another thread a link to a set of sax2 rpms and after getting that installed I was able to create an xorg.conf that bumped the display up to 1600x1050. Still get the 1680 line rejected for the same reason though.

    Now, what's truly bizarre is that I can set the display to 1680x1050 via the display configuration within the desktop configuration app. But, this setting does not survive a logout. I tried setting the session manager to restore from a saved session and saved the state of the desktop after changing the display but, no-go.

    So, in short, the display is capable of 1680x1050 via KDE4's desktop configuration, but I can't get it to do the same via Xorg.

    FYI, I've been using SuSE since 9.0 as both a VMware host and guest, so I'm not a noob at this...

    TIA.


    Due to post size limits I've only included what I think are the relevant parts of both the Xorg.0.log and xorg.conf files below:

    ####################################################################################
    # Xorg.0.log
    ####################################################################################
    [ 2558.602] (--) VMWARE(0): VMware SVGA regs at (0x1440, 0x1441)
    [ 2558.602] (II) Loading sub module "vgahw"
    [ 2558.602] (II) LoadModule: "vgahw"
    [ 2558.606] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/libvgahw.so
    [ 2558.638] (II) Module vgahw: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    [ 2558.638] compiled for 1.8.0, module version = 0.1.0
    [ 2558.638] ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 7.0
    [ 2558.757] (--) VMWARE(0): caps: 0x000083E2
    [ 2558.757] (--) VMWARE(0): depth: 24
    [ 2558.758] (--) VMWARE(0): bpp: 32
    [ 2558.758] (--) VMWARE(0): vram: 134217728
    [ 2558.758] (--) VMWARE(0): pbase: 0xf0000000
    [ 2558.758] (--) VMWARE(0): mwidt: 1680
    [ 2558.758] (--) VMWARE(0): mheig: 1050
    [ 2558.758] (--) VMWARE(0): depth: 24
    [ 2558.758] (--) VMWARE(0): bpp: 32
    [ 2558.758] (--) VMWARE(0): w.red: 8
    [ 2558.758] (--) VMWARE(0): w.grn: 8
    [ 2558.758] (--) VMWARE(0): w.blu: 8
    [ 2558.758] (--) VMWARE(0): vis: 4
    [ 2558.759] (**) VMWARE(0): Depth 24, (--) framebuffer bpp 32
    [ 2558.759] (==) VMWARE(0): RGB weight 888
    [ 2558.759] (==) VMWARE(0): Default visual is TrueColor
    [ 2558.760] (==) VMWARE(0): Using HW cursor
    [ 2558.760] (==) VMWARE(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
    [ 2558.760] (II) VMWARE(0): Monitor[0]: Using hsync range of 30.00-66.00 kHz
    [ 2558.760] (II) VMWARE(0): Monitor[0]: Using vrefresh range of 48.00-100.00 Hz
    [ 2558.761] (II) VMWARE(0): Clock range: 0.00 to 400000.00 MHz
    [ 2558.765] (II) VMWARE(0): Not using mode "1680x1050" (width requires unsupported line pitch)
    [ 2558.765] (--) VMWARE(0): Virtual size is 1600x1050 (pitch 1600)
    [ 2558.765] (**) VMWARE(0): *Mode "1600x1024": 119.1 MHz, 56.0 kHz, 53.0 Hz
    [ 2558.766] (II) VMWARE(0): Modeline "1600x1024"x53.0 119.10 1600 1696 1864 2128 1024 1025 1028 1056 (56.0 kHz)
    [ 2558.766] (**) VMWARE(0): *Mode "1600x1000": 118.6 MHz, 55.7 kHz, 54.0 Hz
    [ 2558.766] (II) VMWARE(0): Modeline "1600x1000"x54.0 118.59 1600 1696 1864 2128 1000 1001 1004 1032 (55.7 kHz)
    [ 2558.766] (**) VMWARE(0): *Mode "1400x1050": 118.4 MHz, 63.0 kHz, 58.0 Hz
    [ 2558.766] (II) VMWARE(0): Modeline "1400x1050"x58.0 118.42 1400 1488 1640 1880 1050 1051 1054 1086 (63.0 kHz)
    [ 2558.766] (**) VMWARE(0): *Mode "1600x900": 119.0 MHz, 55.9 kHz, 60.0 Hz
    [ 2558.766] (II) VMWARE(0): Modeline "1600x900"x60.0 119.00 1600 1696 1864 2128 900 901 904 932 (55.9 kHz)
    [ 2558.766] (**) VMWARE(0): *Mode "1280x1024": 110.8 MHz, 64.7 kHz, 61.0 Hz
    [ 2558.766] (II) VMWARE(0): Modeline "1280x1024"x61.0 110.80 1280 1360 1496 1712 1024 1025 1028 1061 (64.7 kHz)
    [ 2558.766] (**) VMWARE(0): *Mode "1440x900": 109.2 MHz, 56.9 kHz, 61.0 Hz
    [ 2558.766] (II) VMWARE(0): Modeline "1440x900"x61.0 109.16 1440 1528 1680 1920 900 901 904 932 (56.9 kHz)
    [ 2558.768] (**) VMWARE(0): Display dimensions: (305, 230) mm
    [ 2558.768] (**) VMWARE(0): DPI set to (133, 113)
    [ 2558.769] (II) Loading sub module "fb"
    [ 2558.769] (II) LoadModule: "fb"
    [ 2558.773] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/libfb.so
    [ 2558.801] (II) Module fb: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    [ 2558.801] compiled for 1.8.0, module version = 1.0.0
    [ 2558.801] ABI class: X.Org ANSI C Emulation, version 0.4
    [ 2558.801] (II) Loading sub module "shadowfb"
    [ 2558.801] (II) LoadModule: "shadowfb"
    [ 2558.802] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/libshadowfb.so
    [ 2558.812] (II) Module shadowfb: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
    [ 2558.812] compiled for 1.8.0, module version = 1.0.0
    [ 2558.812] ABI class: X.Org ANSI C Emulation, version 0.4
    [ 2558.812] (II) Loading sub module "ramdac"
    [ 2558.812] (II) LoadModule: "ramdac"
    [ 2558.812] (II) Module "ramdac" already built-in
    [ 2558.813] (--) Depth 24 pixmap format is 32 bpp


    ####################################################################################
    # xorg.conf
    ####################################################################################
    # /.../
    # SaX generated X11 config file
    # Created on: 2010-11-08T22:25:57-0500.
    #
    # Version: 8.1
    # Contact: Marcus Schaefer <sax@suse.de>, 2005
    # Contact: SaX-User list <https://lists.berlios.de/mailman/listinfo/sax-users>
    #
    # Automatically generated by [ISaX] (8.1)
    # PLEASE DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE!
    #

    Section "Module"
    Load "dri"
    Load "dbe"
    Load "extmod"
    Load "glx"
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    DisplaySize 305 230
    HorizSync 30-66
    Identifier "Monitor[0]"
    ModelName "1680X1050@60HZ"
    Option "DPMS"
    Option "PreferredMode" "1680x1050"
    VendorName "--> LCD"
    VertRefresh 48-100
    UseModes "Modes[0]"
    EndSection


    Section "Modes"
    Identifier "Modes[0]"
    Modeline "1680x1050" 117.69 1680 1776 1952 2224 1050 1051 1054 1080
    Modeline "1600x1024" 119.10 1600 1696 1864 2128 1024 1025 1028 1056
    Modeline "1600x1000" 118.59 1600 1696 1864 2128 1000 1001 1004 1032
    Modeline "1400x1050" 118.42 1400 1488 1640 1880 1050 1051 1054 1086
    Modeline "1600x900" 119.00 1600 1696 1864 2128 900 901 904 932
    EndSection


    Section "Screen"
    DefaultDepth 24
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 15
    Modes "1680x1050" "1600x1024" "1600x1000" "1400x1050" "1600x900" "1280x1024" "1440x900" "1280x960" "1366x768" "1360x768" "1280x800" "1152x864" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 16
    Modes "1680x1050" "1600x1024" "1600x1000" "1400x1050" "1600x900" "1280x1024" "1440x900" "1280x960" "1366x768" "1360x768" "1280x800" "1152x864" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    Modes "1680x1050" "1600x1024" "1600x1000" "1400x1050" "1600x900" "1280x1024" "1440x900" "1280x960" "1366x768" "1360x768" "1280x800" "1152x864" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    Device "Device[0]"
    Identifier "Screen[0]"
    Monitor "Monitor[0]"
    EndSection


    Section "Device"
    BoardName "VMWARE0405"
    Driver "vmware"
    Identifier "Device[0]"
    VendorName "VMWare Inc"
    EndSection



    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "Layout[all]"
    InputDevice "Keyboard[0]" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice "Mouse[1]" "CorePointer"
    Option "Clone" "off"
    Option "Xinerama" "off"
    Screen "Screen[0]"
    EndSection


    Section "DRI"
    Group "video"
    Mode 0660
    EndSection

    Section "Extensions"
    EndSection

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    Default Re: Configuring graphics cards in openSUSE 11.3

    Could this be a vmware-specific configuration issue? I have little experience with virtual machines, but I found a blog and forum thread concerning this same apparent issue

    Increase resolution on Vmware Server with Linux guest | Dbvisit - Standby Database Technology Blog

    X11 not working at 1680x1050 under vmware 'width requires unsupported line pitch'

    Could it be that the vmx file just needs to be edited (svga.maxWidth, svga.maxHeight) and the virtual machine restarted to allow for a higher display resolution?

    Please ignore this if I'm on the wrong track

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    Default Re: Configuring graphics cards in openSUSE 11.3

    Quote Originally Posted by avenuemax View Post
    Just did 1 click install for nvidia driver in SUSE 11.3, it rocks; better than windows.
    Where did you find that ?

    I'm using 11.3, I've tied loading both the 260 and 173 packages, I've run nvidia config to modify my xorg.conf

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Device0"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device "Device0"
    Monitor "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth 24
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    EndSubSection
    EndSection


    Now in fedora you have to add a file section to point to the libs in /usr/lib64/xorg

    Is that needed here ?
    If I run lsmod and look through the list I cant see nvidia listed , however
    richard-g8jvm:/home/richard # lsmod | grep nvidia
    nvidia 8105046 24

    Normally when the nvidia drivers are loaded you see a short bootsplash, and there is the nvidia control center to alter resolution etc.
    this is not happening.

    I have a problem with an app that need the proprietary drivers , my card is a GT8500

    the noveau drive should be black listed, sysconfig is correct according to the guide.

    I would expect also to see the bootup hang for a while while the module is being compiled, this is not happening either.
    I dont want to resort to getting the installer off the nvidia site, as that means recompiling everytime the kernel is updated.

    What have I missed, I've only been using Suse for 24 hrs, so haven't found everything yet

    thanks
    Richard

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    Default Re: Configuring graphics cards in openSUSE 11.3

    Quote Originally Posted by jpradigan View Post
    Due to post size limits I've only included what I think are the relevant parts of both the Xorg.0.log and xorg.conf files below:
    If you encounter such a difficulty again in the post size limitations, I recommend you paste your file's contents to pastebin - collaborative debugging tool and press submit on that site, and then post here the URL that is given you.

    Reference your difficulty, deano_ferrai knows much more than I about this graphic subject, so I'm hoping he will come up with a solution for you.

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    Please ignore my last post, when I changed the driver back to 260 they did build, my stupidity for not spotting that and , I got fooled by nvidia setting not appearing in the apps menu , as it does on other OSs,

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by deano_ferrari View Post
    Could this be a vmware-specific configuration issue? Could it be that the vmx file just needs to be edited (svga.maxWidth, svga.maxHeight) and the virtual machine restarted to allow for a higher display resolution?

    Please ignore this if I'm on the wrong track
    Thanks. Unfortunately, the .vmx file already has the following in it:

    svga.vramSize = "13417728"
    svga.maxWidth = "1680"
    svga.maxHeight = "1050"

    They work fine on an 11.2 or earlier guest. Also, I'm able to get the display to use 1680x1050, but only via the KDE display configuration.

    It's only in Xorg that the pitch error shows up.

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