Hopefully someone can help me out here a bit. I started out with SuSE 8.2 and
an Abit KX7-333R motherboard and an MSI Geforce 4 TI4200 with 128meg of RAM.
There I had a few minor video corruption problems using the Nvidia driver,
especially when trying to switch to a virtual console or when shutting the
machine down (the screen would turn into rainbow color garbage) but I
preferred it over the nv driver due to the speed increase. I purchased an
MSI K7N2G motherboard with integrated Geforce 4 MX 220 graphics and moved the
GF4 Ti4200 to my Windows machine, figuring that it was just a "glitch" with
that one card. To my surprise, the same problem happened with the new
motherboard with the integrated video as well, but it worked a tad better (I
could shut down properly then).
Fast forward to SuSE 9.0. I attempted to install it, only to find that it
wouldn't install unless I disabled the onboard sound completely (it would
freeze solid at the sound configuration stage and FUBAR the installation, but
that doesn't have much to do with X, so I won't go into it). The nv driver
worked fine at first, then I found Mozilla 1.4 would lock up when trying to
type into the address bar. I went to the Nvidia drivers, only to find that
installing them using YAST resulted in X trying to start up, only to lock the
machine up solid at a black screen, until I rebooted into recovery mode and
forced it to boot to runlevel 3, then set it back to nv.
Thinking it was a BIOS issue perhaps, I updated to the newest BIOS for the
motherboard. Now using nv "flickers", especially when viewing mpegs and
such. Odd spikes of color will flash across the screen randomly, like
there's a glitch in the refresh.
So, dreading it, I went to Yast online update and installed the update again.
This time it worked, but instead of coming up in 1600x1200@24bit, it came up
in 1152x864 with a virtual resolution of 1600x1200! I went to Yast and
reconfigured it, even though it said it was at 1600x1200, and tested it, only
to get the test screen at 1152x864 again with the 1600x1200 virtual
resolution. Checking the virtual resolution settings again, it showed the
resolution set to 1600x1200 with virtual resolution set to 1600x1200.
I disabled all resolutions under Yast except for 1600x1200, and it came up
when testing in 1400x1050 resolution with a godawful 60hz refresh rate! Then
I tried enabling 1280x1024 resolution with everything lower enabled, and I
ended up with 1024x768 resolution!
Thus far the best I can get is a 1280x1024 resolution with a miserable 75hz
refresh rate, when this monitor (Sony G420 19" monitor, and it's configured
as such in Yast) will do 110hz refresh at this resolution, and 85hz at
1600x1200. Now I can't even get the flicker-prone nv driver back, which at
least did 1600x1200@85hz like it's supposed to.
Anyone have any ideas? Every single update is applied, kernel
Thanks a lot,
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