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Re: [SLE] SaX2 won't accept nVidia clone (dual head) [long]
  • From: Brad Bourn <brad@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 14:43:15 -0700
  • Message-id: <200502101443.15649.brad@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
And forgot to mention that sometimes you can physically disable a video card
with a jumper on the motherboard.

B=)

On Thursday 10 February 2005 02:34 pm, Brad Bourn wrote:
> The BIOS should be disabling the on-board video. If it is not, I'd first
> check for a BIOS update.
>
> Otherwise, you can be seeing errors and reports that aren't what is
> actually happening.
>
>
> If you want dual monitor support, I believe you need the proprietary driver
> from nvidia. The easiest way to get that us to use YOU to install the
> 'fetchnvidia' patch.
>
> This will download the driver and see if that helps you. You will most
> likely end up configuring the XF86Config file by hand.
>
> Once you download the patch, you can find out more information (and the
> installer itself) in /usr/share/doc/nvidia I believe. The
> file /var/log/nvidia-installer(something) file will tell you the exact
> location. Then you can read up on the setting for XF86Config file to get
> TwinView or whatever you like......
>
> B)
>
> On Thursday 10 February 2005 02:22 pm, mlist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > DELL Optiplex GX280 with onboard video, but I have
> > added a
> > PNY Technologies nVidia Quadro FX 1300 dual-head card.
> > The system BIOS shows that the primary video adapter
> > is now the nVidia. My two DELL P1110 monitors are
> > connected to the nVidia's video outputs, and nothing
> > is connected to the on-motherboard video.
> >
> > It works beautifully in Win XP -- classic dual-head
> > mode at 1280x1024@85Hz.
> >
> > I added a second SATA drive and installed SuSE 9.2 Pro
> > from CDs for dual boot. I cannot configure (in YaST
> > and SaX2) to use the nVidia card.
> >
> > SaX2 always detects the on-board video (and somehow
> > detects ONE of the two DELL P1110 monitors that are
> > connected to the nVidia board. No displays are
> > connected to the onboard video connector.
> > SaX2 cannot detect the nVidia board. I can choose a
> > similar card from the SaX2 pick list, and then select
> > "Dual-Monitor", but then SaX2 cannot detect the two
> > monitors when the video-card setting is imposed.
> >
> > SaX2 either quits abruptly or it writes two monitor
> > sections to xorg.conf, but at 640x480 only. If it
> > gets as far as the pre-confirmation "Test", then it
> > displays 640x480 on only one monitor. If I exit and
> > reboot, X and KDE come up with single display at
> > 1280x1024@85Hz, which seems to be the "unused" onboard
> > video adapter. I'm guessing that the nVidia is accepting
> > the instructions intended for the other adapter and doing
> > the best it can. Again, there are no monitors physically
> > connected to the original on-motherboard video adapter.
> >
> > I don't know how to persuade SaX2 to ingnore the
> > on-motherboard video (the way BIOS says to do), nor
> > do I know how to make SaX2 accept changes from its pick
> > lists.
> >
> > When the system boots, the Linux startup messages
> > display on BOTH monitors, until X starts. Then one
> > monitor shuts off. So, something is being explicitly
> > shut off when X launches. In other words, it's not
> > that the nVidia is not there to be found. Rather it
> > is there to be deliberately ignored.
> >
> > Any suggestions? I have updated all packages (including
> > nVidia driver) via YOU. That was the preferred instruction
> > in the "SuSE 9.2-IA32" section of "nvidia-installer-HOWTO#1".
> >
> > Is there something that I should edit directly in xorg.conf?
> > Is there a section that I should include in a future post
> > for your examination?
> >
> > Thank you for your time.
> >
> > Kevin
> >
> >
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