I was happily dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10 a year or two ago, with, as in the title, an Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT graphics card (on a Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P) outputting VGA to an HP w1907v monitor (1440x900).
I then put my PC in storage for a month or so, all peripherals disconnected, and when I reassembled it and booted it up again, both Windows and Linux failed to allow me to use a 1440x900 resolution. I managed to fix Windows, though I don't remember how - it was all within the regular graphics interface as far as I remember, maybe installing updated drivers.
However, to this day I've not been able to make Linux recognise resolutions larger than 1024x768. I went through several versions of Ubuntu and many different guides, played with my
xorg.conf file, and most recently installed Fedora 17, with the same results - no resolutions greater than 1024x768. I followed this guide in particular to install Nvidia drivers, but no luck. I then tried installing the drivers from Nvidia's website (it was necessary to stop X using
init 3, install the drivers, then
startx), but the only outcome of that was removing all options except 640x480.
After playing around with drivers for so long, I'm beginning to wonder if the problem isn't with the video card/drivers, but with the monitor. To that end, I have a few questions:
- Are there known issues with Nvidia drivers in Linux, especially for the 9800 GT? I've seen comments indicating varying levels of success with any guide I've tried.
- Would I see better support for a different series of Nvidia card, or an AMD card? (I've been thinking of upgrading.)
- Could this sort of issue be caused by the monitor, and not a fault with the graphics card?
- Might the monitor need drivers of its own?
Thanks for anything you can tell me! I really want to be Linux-ing it up, and I'm coming to a point where I really need it for university and non-university work, but I just can't seem to deal with this issue.
xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default Screen 0: minimum 320 x 240, current 640 x 480, maximum 640 x 480 default connected 640x480+0+0 0mm x 0mm 640x480 50.0* 320x240 51.0