Re: [SLUG] Nvidia GeForce FX5700 256 setup on Ubuntu 9.04

From: Eben King (
Date: Fri May 29 2009 - 16:13:39 EDT

On Fri, 29 May 2009, Pete Theisen wrote:

> Eben King wrote:
>>> Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
>> While those extra resolutions are indeed smaller and thus should work,
>> note that 1280x1024 is 5:4 and the others are 4:3, so switching to them
>> will involve a bit of shape distortion (around 6-7%). Resolutions that
>> are the same shape (960x760, 640x512) probably involve custom
>> mode(line)s.
>> And if this file works without the metamodes stuff, that'd be great news
>> for me.
>> AFAICT it should work fine. (IANAComputer)
> It looked to me that you were on Gentoo?

Ubuntu, 7.x I think.

> Or, at least you had a reference to the Gentoo wiki.

Possibly, in my struggles with dual heads.

> Gentoo, in my experience, does everything the hard way. Ubuntu, on the
> other hand, has a lot of default handling built into the kernel. Or so
> they say, and I hope!

There were two main ways of doing dual-headed configurations. Xinerama, and
some other method that hadn't been around as long. I picked Xinerama --
even though it was harder to do -- in case the other method turned out to be
a flash in the pan. I didn't want to risk ending up with an orphaned

As another example, all of my video components were connected by S-Video
(2nd best analog format). Then my stereo died, and in shopping for a
replacement it turns out S-Video was pretty well abandoned for
interconnection in favor of Component (YPrPb). Tough on me, most of my
stuff _doesn't_ speak Component. And amps that speak S-Video are pretty

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