I am dealing with a problem I can’t seem to figure out regarding the
screen resolution I get with my gtx 550 ti purchased through evga and
a fresh 11.4 install. (12.1 install attempts fail)
I am unable to convince my opensuse 11.4 install of linux to provide
me anything but 640x480 resolution in its “normal” boot kernel
options. The failsafe kernel option gives me 800x600, which isn’t much
I have recently done a hardware refresh on my home machine except for
the screen itself. In the box now are asus m5n98td motherboard, a dual
core phenom II, and an evga purchased gtx 550 ti graphics card. There
is 12GB (3x4GB Gskill RAM). The screen is a several year old
I attempted to install opensuse 12.1 on this machine (onto a fresh
disk) and it failed to boot the install kernel. No errors I could find
logged to the screen. Just a “Starting udev” or something like that
message, and then nothing else for hours. Sigh.
So I go on and try ubuntu 11.10 and fedora core 16. They both also
failed to boot their install kernel too. But they reported a repeated
1x/sec or so modprobe error of some sort.
Went back to suse 11.4 and got it to install, but the normal kernel
failed to boot from the hdd. The failsafe option did boot, and I got
800x600 resolution out of it. No options to increase/decrease it were available that I could find. Went from there to the nvidia site to
download the driver for the graphics card
(NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-280.10.01.04.run) and then ran its installer. It
finished and I let it do its thing with the /etc/xorg.config file as
Rebooted, and still no higher resolution graphics. Only 800x600 and no
other options presented to me by any screen resolution setting
programs, including the one that installs from the nvidia thingy
above. Now though I can get the normal kernel to boot, but it only gives me
640x480 and no options to increase the resolution either.
I’ve examined some of the kernel logs (/var/log/messages and its
friends), and in one of them, it complained at one point about “No
screens detected”. Not very encouraging. I don’t see that message in
current logs hwoever.
I am certain the screen itself is capable of higher
resolution…certainly on a previous set of hardware and opensuse 11.2
it had such. It also presents a annoyance message that suggests I set
the resolution in the OS to 1600x1200, so that I suppose is the best
Does anyone have any thoughts on how to get this going properly?