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    Default suse 11.4 install and invalid screen settings

    SuSe 11.4 install problem

    I've installed 11.4 and have the following sequence of events

    power on - dell hardware boot options

    grub

    choice of

    standard suse boot
    safe mode
    windows 1
    windows 2

    choosing standard goes through a boot sequence
    but leaves me with a invalid screen setting
    wiith a scrambled display.

    are there any options I can provide grub with that will
    enable me to boot and trouble shoot the system?

    grub has

    vga = 0x348

    the graphics are

    nvida geforce 6150se

    monitor

    dell 22 inch widescreen

    SuSE 11.1 worked fine.

    the windows side works fine.

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 install and invalid screen settings

    Try the failsafe option
    Then run this if you can
    nVidia Driver via Repo in 11.3 & 11.4 - Guide
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    Default Re: suse 11.4 install and invalid screen settings

    The link you provided provided a starting point.

    Doing a google search on

    --> http download nvidia opensuse

    provided a link to

    --> Additional package repositories - openSUSE

    which in turn provided a link to

    --> SDB:NVIDIA - openSUSE

    which in turn provided a link to

    --> SDB:NVIDIA the hard way - openSUSE

    which had the following information

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Disable Kernel Mode Setting (KMS)

    openSUSE 11.3 uses KMS by default, which is not supported by the proprietary Nvidia driver, therefore you have to disable it.

    Add nomodeset to the boot options in /boot/grub/menu.lst

    ^^^^^^^^^ < Change 1
    ||||||||| <

    Also remove it from the initrd.
    Edit /etc/sysconfig/kernel and set NO-KMS-IN-INITRD = yes . Then run:

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ < Change 2
    |||||||||||||||||||||| <

    # mkinitrd

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    starting the system in safe mode enabled me to make the above changes.

    The system now boots normally.

    I am now trying to resolve another issue.

    The monitor is a

    --> Dell sp2208wfp

    and the native resolution is

    --> 1680 * 1050

    The install chose

    --> 1400 * 1050

    and the native resolution is not available
    from any of the various system routes.

    The monitor is correctly identitied
    by the install.

    Any thoughts?

    Should I start a new thread?

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 install and invalid screen settings

    Wow! Can we see if you're using the nvidia driver now:
    Code:
    rpm -qa | grep nvidia
    lsmod | grep nvidia

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    i just took a snapshot using rpm -qal and did a sort. here is a grep on nvidia

    /etc/apparmor.d/abstractions/nvidia
    /etc/modprobe.d/50-nvidia.conf
    /lib/modules/2.6.37.1-1.2-desktop/kernel/drivers/video/backlight/mbp_nvidia_bl.ko
    /lib/modules/2.6.37.1-1.2-desktop/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia
    /lib/modules/2.6.37.1-1.2-desktop/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia/nvidiafb.ko
    /usr/bin/switch2nvidia
    /usr/lib/directfb-1.4-5/gfxdrivers/libdirectfb_nvidia.so
    /usr/lib/libkwinnvidiahack.so.4
    /usr/lib/libkwinnvidiahack.so.4.6.0
    /usr/lib/nvidia
    /usr/lib/nvidia/post-uninstall
    /usr/lib/nvidia/pre-install
    /usr/lib/xine/plugins/1.29/vidix/nvidia_vid.so
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/default/include/config/agp/nvidia.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/default/include/config/backlight/mbp/nvidia.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/default/include/config/fb/nvidia
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/default/include/config/fb/nvidia.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/default/include/config/fb/nvidia/backlight.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/default/include/config/fb/nvidia/i2c.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/desktop/include/config/agp/nvidia.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/desktop/include/config/backlight/mbp/nvidia.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/desktop/include/config/fb/nvidia
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/desktop/include/config/fb/nvidia.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/desktop/include/config/fb/nvidia/backlight.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/desktop/include/config/fb/nvidia/i2c.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/pae/include/config/agp/nvidia.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/pae/include/config/backlight/mbp/nvidia.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/pae/include/config/fb/nvidia
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/pae/include/config/fb/nvidia.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/pae/include/config/fb/nvidia/backlight.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/pae/include/config/fb/nvidia/i2c.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/xen/include/config/agp/nvidia.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/xen/include/config/backlight/mbp/nvidia.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/xen/include/config/fb/nvidia
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/xen/include/config/fb/nvidia.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/xen/include/config/fb/nvidia/backlight.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2-obj/i386/xen/include/config/fb/nvidia/i2c.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/char/agp/nvidia-agp.c
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/backlight/mbp_nvidia_bl.c
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia/Makefile
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia/nv_accel.c
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia/nv_backlight.c
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia/nv_dma.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia/nv_hw.c
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia/nv_i2c.c
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia/nv_local.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia/nv_of.c
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia/nv_proto.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia/nv_setup.c
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia/nv_type.h
    /usr/src/linux-2.6.37.1-1.2/drivers/video/nvidia/nvidia.c

    here is the output from uname

    uname -a
    Linux linux-j0ta 2.6.37.1-1.2-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT 2011-02-21 10:34:10 +0100 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux

    was this what you wanted to know?

    any thoughts of using 1680 * 1050 ?

    cheers

    ian

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 install and invalid screen settings

    Quote Originally Posted by sttp1553 View Post
    was this what you wanted to know?
    I didn't mean
    Code:
    rpm -qal
    but
    Code:
    rpm -qa | grep nvidia
    This is a vertical vertical bar (called a 'pipe') between two commands.

    And I also wanted to know if the nvidia module was actually used, which the following command would tell:
    Code:
    lsmod | grep nvidia
    As for the resolution, I would fisrt try to add this line in the Monitor section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

    Code:
     Option	"PreferredMode"	"1680x1050"
    Or, as you might not have this section, uncomment these two lines in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-monitor.conf

    Code:
    #HorizSync 28-85
    #VertRefresh 50-100
    and see if it makes a difference.

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    Actually, the first thing I would try is to set the resolution is the Screen section:

    Code:
    Section "Screen"
      ......
      SubSection "Display"
        Depth       24
        Modes       "1680x1050"             
      EndSubsection
    EndSection
    And if it doesn't work, also use the following in the Monitor section:

    Code:
    Option	"PreferredMode"	"1680x1050"

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 install and invalid screen settings

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Use your mouse to copy and paste code if you don't know how to type it!


    linux-tmec:~ # lsmod | grep nvidia
    linux-tmec:~ # rpm -qa | grep nvidia
    linux-tmec:~ #

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 install and invalid screen settings

    linux-tmec:~ # lsmod | grep nvidia
    linux-tmec:~ # rpm -qa | grep nvidia
    linux-tmec:~ #

    here is a listing of the /etc/X11 directory

    linux-tmec:/etc/X11 # ls -la
    total 80
    drwxr-xr-x 11 root root 4096 Apr 26 18:19 .
    drwxr-xr-x 127 root root 12288 Apr 26 18:58 ..
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1353 Apr 12 2003 Xmodmap
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1049 Jun 20 2001 Xmodmap.remote
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4017 Apr 22 2009 Xresources
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr 26 18:19 fs
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr 26 18:19 lbxproxy
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr 26 18:19 proxymngr
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 954 Feb 19 06:21 qtrc
    drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 Apr 26 18:19 rstart
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr 26 18:19 x11perfcomp
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr 26 18:19 xdm
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 5708 Feb 18 21:31 xim
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Mar 2 12:06 xim.d
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Apr 26 18:19 xinit
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr 26 18:18 xorg.conf.d
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 849 Apr 26 17:56 xorg.conf.install

    did you mean xorg.conf.install?

    linux-tmec:/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d # cat 50-monitor.conf
    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Default Monitor"

    ## If your monitor doesn't support DDC you may override the
    ## defaults here
    #HorizSync 28-85
    #VertRefresh 50-100

    ## Add your mode lines here, use e.g the cvt tool

    EndSection

    where do you want me to add the following line

    Option "PreferredMode" "1680x1050"

    do i just edit it or use the cvt tool as suggested?

    it would seem that there is no equivalent of sax2 in
    suse anymore and thus one has to rely on the install
    getting things correct.

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