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Post Re: Not getting correct resolution
here is what it says

Code:
nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Thu May  3 13:14:28 2012
installer version: 1.0.7

option status:
  license pre-accepted    : false
  update                  : false
  force update            : false
  expert                  : false
  uninstall               : false
  driver info             : false
  precompiled interfaces  : true
  no ncurses color        : false
  query latest version    : false
  OpenGL header files     : true
  no questions            : false
  silent                  : false
  no recursion            : false
  no backup               : false
  kernel module only      : false
  sanity                  : false
  add this kernel         : false
  no runlevel check       : false
  no network              : false
  no ABI note             : false
  no RPMs                 : false
  no kernel module        : false
  force SELinux           : default
  no X server check       : false
  no cc version check     : false
  force tls               : (not specified)
  X install prefix        : (not specified)
  X library install path  : (not specified)
  X module install path   : (not specified)
  OpenGL install prefix   : (not specified)
  OpenGL install libdir   : (not specified)
  utility install prefix  : (not specified)
  utility install libdir  : (not specified)
  doc install prefix      : (not specified)
  kernel name             : (not specified)
  kernepart of installing this driver (version: 190.42), the existing driv
   er will be uninstalled.  Are you sure you want to continue? ('no' will abort
   installation) (Answer: Yes)
-> Performing CC sanity check with CC="cc".
-> Performing CC version check with CC="cc".
ERROR: Unable to determine the version of the kernel sources located in
       '/lib/modules/2.6.36-1-mepis-smp/source'.  Please make sure you have
       installed the kernel source files for your kernel and that they are
       properly configured; on Red Hat Linux systems, for example, be sure you
       have the 'kernel-source' or 'kernel-devel' RPM installed.  If you know
       the correct kernel source files are installed, you may specify the
       kernel source path with the '--kernel-source-path' command line option.
ERROR: Installation has failed.  Please see the file
       '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details.  You may find suggestions
       on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux
       driver download page at www.nvidia.com.
l include path     : (not specified)
  kernel source path      : (not specified)
  kernel output path      : (not specified)
  kernel install path     : (not specified)
  proc mount point        : /proc
  ui                      : (not specified)
  tmpdir                  : /tmp
  ftp mirror              : ftp://download.nvidia.com
  RPM file list           : (not specified)

Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> License accepted.
-> Installing NVIDIA driver version 190.42.
-> There appears to already be a driver installed on your system (version: 295.
   40).  As


Wed May 02, 2012 11:18 pm
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Post Re: Not getting correct resolution
Go here: http://smxi.org/
and check the help available. You can specify a particular nvidia driver if needed. You can also use other switches to get a driver installed. They are listed in help.

Also, have you tried the vesa suggestion yet? That should run on anything. No matter what. You will find the correct syntax on the cheatcodes page I linked to. You can use vesa with a specified resolution. VESA is the bottom line video driver that's supported by all manufacturers.

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smxi installed an unstable driver and I now have 800x600 resolution which is better but not ideal


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Yes vesa works but it gives me no better options than I already have! I want to have a 1920x1080 resolution and nothing anyone here has suggested has got me any higher than what I already have!


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What, exactly, are you putting in when using the xres cheatcode?

Also, you might install nvidia-xconfig (and nvidia-setting if it is not installed yet). The nvidia-xconfig will show up in System Settings and should allow configuration of your resolution.

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xres=1920x1080 confx is what I put in.

Nvidia-xconfig is already there it has only got one setting, auto and that goes straight to 800x600 there are no other options. Nvidia-settings is also there according to synaptic.

I downloaded puppy linux and tried that, it had the same problem, I was thinking of DLing Tinyme but I suspect it will be the same. I might even try Ubuntu.


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Curious about your hardware, is monitor a crt or flat screen, is video on board or card? I have had problems in past with xorg & using 15 pin vga cable with flat screen monitors on cd install. But no sweat with hdmi cable all is normal. Also res seems a bit high without proper glx driver for your rig, might try 10243x786 to start. Might try the cheat this way too. confx xdrvr=1024x768

FYI 200 series nvidia cards & onboard chips sometimes need different drivers & can be a pita.


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@Timbo75,

You mention having used smxi/sgfxi to install the nvidia driver and later talk about using some of the cheatcodes like xres=****, xdrvr=**** & confx.

The cheatcodes won't have any effect if you've used smxi/sgfxi to install the nvidia driver. Sgfxi removes the mepis-init package when it installs the nvidia driver.

The mepis-init package needs to be reinstalled to get the cheatcodes working again. That may or may not fix your resolution problem but at least the cheatcodes will be functioning again.


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Hardware is as follows

Benq 24 inch widescreen LCD monitor, native resolution is 1920x1080 according to windows 7.

graphics card is nvidia GeForce GT 220 1gb connected to monitor through DVI cable. smxi/Sgfxi has installed the 302.07 (unstable or experimental from memory) driver and I now have 800x600 resolution with no other options to use. The most up to date driver from nvidia is190.42 sgfxi will install 190.40 without a problem however that still leaves me where I started. Tried installing the 190.42 driver after DLing from nvidia but it gets so far then tells me ERROR: Unable to determine the version of the kernel sources located in
'/lib/modules/2.6.36-1-mepis-smp/source'.

@kmarthem

I tried the cheat codes before and after using smxi/sgfxi however did not know it wouldn't work after, will try what you suggested and see but i'm not real hopeful. It really has been too long since using linux!

Last time it was trying to get a canon ip1600 printer to work, fixed that problem after buying a different printer from a garage sale for $10 that work OOTB with mepis! Maybe I should try that with graphics card.

I also thought about disabling the onboard graphics in the BIOS, would that do anything?


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With the nvidia driver have you tried using a very minimal xorg.conf?

I'm using the xorg.conf shown below. In my case Xorg seems to autodetect and setup everything correctly while starting X and it works fine.
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Section "Device"
        Identifier      "GPU"
        Driver          "nvidia"
EndSection


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