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Re: How many people need to use the proprietary nvidia driver ? (Or other non kms driver ?)

On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 07:28:56 -0700,
  Greg Woods <woods ucar edu> wrote:
> At work, I have an old Dell monitor that doesn't do EDID, and I can't
> get nouveau to do anything better than 1024x768 on it even if I use
> system-config-display to tell it that the monitor is a 1920x1080 flat
> panel (which it is). The proprietary driver doesn't do full HD either,
> but at least I can get it up to 1280. On this machine, I do get periodic
> freezes, where the mouse pointer still moves around the screen, but
> clicking or typing have no effect. Only a hard reset/reboot fixes this.
> Any mention of this immediately gets fingers pointed at the proprietary
> driver, so I am kind of stuck on this one. I just have to get a newer
> monitor I guess.

In recent releases some default mode lines stopped being generated, so
that just requesting a higher resolution in your xorg.conf file won't
work. You also need to define appropriate mode lines as well. You can
use cvt (or a couple of other programs) to generate mode lines that
won't fry your hardware and add them to your xorg.conf file. I have
a couple of monitors that I need to do that with.

For example:

# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
	Identifier     "single head configuration"
	Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
	InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "InputDevice"

# keyboard added by system-config-display
	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver      "kbd"
	Option	    "XkbModel" "pc105+inet"
	Option	    "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier   "Monitor0"
	ModelName    "NEC MultiSync LCD2010X"
	HorizSync    31.0 - 80.0
	VertRefresh  56.0 - 85.0
	Modeline "1280x1024_70.00"  129.00  1280 1368 1504 1728  1024 1027 1034 1069 -hsync +vsync
	Option	    "dpms"

Section "Device"
	Identifier  "Videocard0"
	Driver      "nouveau"

Section "Screen"
	Identifier "Screen0"
	Device     "Videocard0"
	Monitor    "Monitor0"
	DefaultDepth     24
	SubSection "Display"
		Viewport   0 0
		Virtual 1280 1024
		Depth     24
		Modes "1280x1024_70.00"

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