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Linux Newbie – Just installed Ubuntu 7.04

July 29, 2007

All I can say is wow, that was a breeze.

I’ve been having troubles with my XP system lately, it just freezes up whenever it feels like it. It’s had it’s time, and a new machine is on the way. But I had a bright idea (haha) the other day. I have a zillion SATA drives laying around, why not install Ubuntu? So I did.

It was a breeze. I didn’t need to follow any tutorials. It was all common sense.

So right now, I’m posting this in Ubuntu. I’m definitely a newbie in Linux, so I’m learning everything from scratch pretty much. I did install a Fedora Core 5 server last year and installed Apache from scratch to host websites in my old companies colo last year, so that’s the last time I touched Linux. So far I’ve learned some commands, played around with the xorg.conf file (more on that in a sec) and installed some Linux apps.

But my biggest pain right now is getting my dual 17″ LCD’s to work on this system. I have a nVidia 5700 LE video card. Sure, one of them works (my DVI connection) but my VGA connection does not. My DVI connection is a ViewSonic VG710b, and my VGA connection is a Vison (I’m not sure of the model, it’s a cheapy).

I cannot for the life of me get the dual monitors to work. I’ve tried the latest nVidia drivers, tried to install TwinView, etc etc etc. I cannot get them to work. After changing a few things, I usually break my X and need to recover my xorg.conf file.

For any of you Linux guys out there… this is my xorg.conf file… I’m positive it’s not set up right… but if any of you can lend a hand… that’d be great. I’d love to get my dual monitors working so I can replace this XP system quickly!


# /etc/X11/xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf(5) manual page.
# (Type “man xorg.conf” at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section “Files”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi”
# path to defoma fonts
FontPath “/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType”
EndSection

Section “Module”
Load “i2c”
Load “bitmap”
Load “ddc”
Load “dri”
Load “extmod”
Load “freetype”
Load “glx”
Load “int10”
Load “vbe”
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier “Generic Keyboard”
Driver “kbd”
Option “CoreKeyboard”
Option “XkbRules” “xorg”
Option “XkbModel” “pc105”
Option “XkbLayout” “us”
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier “Configured Mouse”
Driver “mouse”
Option “CorePointer”
Option “Device” “/dev/input/mice”
Option “Protocol” “ImPS/2”
Option “ZAxisMapping” “4 5”
Option “Emulate3Buttons” “true”
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Driver “wacom”
Identifier “stylus”
Option “Device” “/dev/input/wacom”
Option “Type” “stylus”
Option “ForceDevice” “ISDV4” # Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Driver “wacom”
Identifier “eraser”
Option “Device” “/dev/input/wacom”
Option “Type” “eraser”
Option “ForceDevice” “ISDV4” # Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Driver “wacom”
Identifier “cursor”
Option “Device” “/dev/input/wacom”
Option “Type” “cursor”
Option “ForceDevice” “ISDV4” # Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section “Device”
Identifier “nVidia Corporation NV36 [GeForce FX 5700LE]”
Driver “nv”
BusID “PCI:1:0:0”
EndSection

Section “Monitor”
Identifier “LCD-MONITOR”
Option “DPMS”
EndSection

Section “Screen”
Identifier “Default Screen”
Device “nVidia Corporation NV36 [GeForce FX 5700LE]”
Monitor “LCD-MONITOR”
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection “Display”
Depth 1
Modes “1280×1024” “1024×768” “832×624” “800×600” “720×400” “640×480”
EndSubSection
SubSection “Display”
Depth 4
Modes “1280×1024” “1024×768” “832×624” “800×600” “720×400” “640×480”
EndSubSection
SubSection “Display”
Depth 8
Modes “1280×1024” “1024×768” “832×624” “800×600” “720×400” “640×480”
EndSubSection
SubSection “Display”
Depth 15
Modes “1280×1024” “1024×768” “832×624” “800×600” “720×400” “640×480”
EndSubSection
SubSection “Display”
Depth 16
Modes “1280×1024” “1024×768” “832×624” “800×600” “720×400” “640×480”
EndSubSection
SubSection “Display”
Depth 24
Modes “1280×1024” “1024×768” “832×624” “800×600” “720×400” “640×480”
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section “ServerLayout”
Identifier “Default Layout”
Screen “Default Screen”
InputDevice “Generic Keyboard”
InputDevice “Configured Mouse”
InputDevice “stylus” “SendCoreEvents”
InputDevice “cursor” “SendCoreEvents”
InputDevice “eraser” “SendCoreEvents”
EndSection

Section “DRI”
Mode 0666
EndSection

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One comment

  1. I new linux user in need I see…

    in section device put:

    Option “Twinview” “true” //enables dual monitor setup
    Option “TwinViewOrientation” “Clone” //explains itself
    Option “TwinViewOrientation” “LeftOf” //explains itself

    further handy options are:
    Option “NoLogo” “true” //no nvidia startup logo
    Option “AllowGLXWithComposite” “true” //enables compiz(-fusion)

    to further enable composite or compiz(-fusion) add:

    Section “Extensions”
    Option “Composite” “true”
    EndSection

    to your file

    best is to add another monitor section (=your second monitor) and add it to your device section like, first put add this to your file:

    Section “Monitor”
    Identifier “Monitor1”
    VendorName “Monitor Vendor”
    ModelName “Monitor Model”
    EndSection

    and in your screen section add:
    Monitor “Monitor1”

    if you have any more questions, feel free to ask 🙂



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