nVidia FX Go5200 on a Toshiba Protege M200

So I have an interesting problem. I recently picked up a Toshiba Protege M200 for pretty cheap, thinking I could throw a copy of Linux on and I’d have a nice budget tablet I could use for classes. I loaded it with Ubuntu first, and everything worked except the tablet features–after lots of digging around, I decided to mark it as a failure and try OpenSUSE instead. Activating the tablet turned out to be very easy once I figured out how to do it, but it has a problem with the video driver.

I can’t set the resolution any higher than 800x600, and I know for a fact that it should go higher–it’s fuzzy, and on Ubuntu, I was able to increase the resolution. The odd part is that when I load the failsafe, I -can- bring the resolution up higher. But I can’t figure out what’s different there.

So, can anyone help me out? Once I tackle this, I still need to find a way to get screen rotation to work, but if I can get that far, I won’t have to cave in and put XP Tablet Edition on it. =)

Have you installed the nvidia driver via 1-click? If not I recommend
the hard way, else follow the easy way here;

This is my canned response for doing it the ‘Hard Way’ :slight_smile:

You can download the driver for your arch from;
Nvidia Unix Drivers

On the download page, check that your card is supported by the driver
your about to download by using the following command;

/sbin/lspci -nv |grep VGA |cut -f4 -d ":"

From the above output use the four numbers from the output to look
at the Supported Products List (on the left) to verify your card is
supported by the driver.

You may wish to ensure your system is up to date. The first command
refreshes the repositories, the second lists any updates, the third
will apply the updates.

sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper lu
sudo zypper up

If you don’t have the kernel source and tools etc installed then

sudo zypper in kernel-source linux-kernel-headers kernel-syms
sudo zypper in -t pattern devel_basis devel_C_C++

Press ctrl+alt+F1 and login as your user :slight_smile:

su -
init 3

cd to the Nvidia Unix Driver you downloaded

sh NV*.run -q
sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia
init 5 && exit

The ctrl+alt+F7 gets you back to the GUI (X session).

Now after a kernel update, you don’t need to run the sax2 command, just
the others to get to run level 3, rebuild the driver and exit.

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
openSUSE 11.0 x86 Kernel
up 15:27, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.08, 0.22
GPU GeForce 6600 TE/6200 TE - Driver Version: 177.80