nv driver does not support VGA port?

Julius Smith jos at ccrma.stanford.edu
Fri Feb 29 16:05:46 UTC 2008

Just a quick note to say that the nvidia commercial driver works
great, and [fn] f4 now projects the screen out the VGA port.  The main
problem was that it seems to be hard to try different screen
resolutions (in order to fit the full laptop display onto the
projector's display).  I was using System / Administration / Display
to change the resolution.  After making it smaller as a test
(800x600), I could no longer set it to my normal higher resolution
(1280x800 - the option was simply no longer there in the Display
list), requiring me to edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf to restore the higher
resolution to the Modes list.  Ultimately, 1024x768 gives the best
overall result, although the bottom of the screen is cut off in that
case.  1280x800 has a big strip cut off on the right, and 800x600
won't sync with the projector at all. - jos

On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 8:17 PM, Alan <alan at clueserver.org> wrote:
> > Greetings,
>  >
>  > I have an HP Pavilion 2000 series laptop, and generally Fedora 8 works
>  > very well on it.  However, I have discovered that I cannot connect to
>  > an external screen projector.  As far as I can tell,
>  > there is no way to obtain output of any kind to the VGA connector.
>  > The driver is `nv', and the graphics hardware is NVIDIA GeForce Go
>  > 6150.  Apparently I cannot try an nvidia driver because I am running a
>  > 32-bit system on a 64-bit AMD processor (the Turion64x2), and there is
>  > only a 64-bit AMD version of the driver.
>  >
>  > Has anyone else encountered this problem?
>  Actually there is.
>  Connect the vga cable when the machine is off.  After you turn on the
>  machine, use the blue function key and F4 (with the picture of a blue
>  monitor plug) to toggle to the external monitor.
>  The 32 bit commercial driver should work fine on the 32 bit version of
>  Linux.  If you are using Fedora 9 alpha or the xorg from Rawhide, do NOT
>  install the commercial driver.  It will build. It will install.  It will
>  not work.  Fixing it is double-plug unfun.
>  The monitor app in the commercial driver is pretty useful.  You may still
>  need to connect the cables when the machine is off.  Seems to be a quirk
>  of the nVIDIA chipsets.  It does not see it if the device is not connected
>  when it initializes the chipset.
>  Hope that helps.
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