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I got a new(yes thats right I actually got a piece of computer hardware that wasn't ripped from an old system) monitor for christmas and it's awesome. It' s a Samsung 204BW 20" LCD monitor. The manufacturer recommends running at 1680x1050 at 60hz. I would love to do this but it doesn't seem to want to. Anything over 1024x768 and it starts doing ugly things to fonts icons and pretty much anything else. By ugly i mean weird moving edges or ripples and waves. I noticed this originally when I edited xorg.conf by hand, but was painfully reminded when I tried using system-config-display and got the same results. Since it's a new monitor I'm thinking the problem is probably my ancient video card not being able to handle the new monitor above 1024x768, it's a Riva TNT2. Am I correct in this assumption? Or have i missed another possibility? If I'm correct I would love some recommendations for a new affordable video card. It doesn't have to be top of the line but I don't want something worse than I have. Thanks in advance guys.

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i assume you are using fedora's built in nvidia driver and not nvidia's driver ?


perhaps using the nvidia driver will allow you access to greater resolutions without distortions etc


i believe the tnt2 card can achieve a f Maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 at 75Hz.


see http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/vide...ures%20Overview


can you also please post your xorg.conf file here so I can take a look at it




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To be honest I'm not sure about which nvidia driver I'm using, but I would assume it's the fedora one since I never had to install any drivers to get my card or monitor working.

Below is my xorg.conf as you requested.



# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display


Section "ServerLayout"

Identifier "single head configuration"

Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0

InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"

InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

InputDevice "DevInputMice" "AlwaysCore"



Section "Files"


# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the

# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally

# no need to change the default.

# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)

# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of

# the X server to render fonts.

FontPath "unix/:7100"



Section "Module"

Load "dbe"

Load "extmod"

Load "fbdevhw"

Load "glx"

Load "record"

Load "freetype"

Load "type1"

Load "dri"



Section "InputDevice"


# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))

# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"

# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.

# Option "XkbDisable"

# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the

# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.

# keyboard, you will probably want to use:

# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"

# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:

# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"


# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.

# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:

# Option "XkbLayout" "de"

# or:

# Option "XkbLayout" "de"

# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"


# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and

# control keys, use:

# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"

# Or if you just want both to be control, use:

# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"


Identifier "Keyboard0"

Driver "kbd"

Option "XkbModel" "pc105"

Option "XkbLayout" "us"



Section "InputDevice"

Identifier "Mouse0"

Driver "mouse"

Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"

Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"

Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"



Section "InputDevice"


# If the normal CorePointer mouse is not a USB mouse then

# this input device can be used in AlwaysCore mode to let you

# also use USB mice at the same time.

Identifier "DevInputMice"

Driver "mouse"

Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"

Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"

Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"



Section "Monitor"


### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:

### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:

### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:

### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:

Identifier "Monitor0"

VendorName "Daytek"

ModelName "LCD Panel 1024x768"

### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:

HorizSync 31.5 - 48.5

VertRefresh 40.0 - 70.0

Option "dpms"



Section "Device"

Identifier "Videocard0"

Driver "nv"

VendorName "Videocard vendor"

BoardName "RIVA TNT2"

VideoRam 4096



Section "Screen"

Identifier "Screen0"

Device "Videocard0"

Monitor "Monitor0"

DefaultDepth 24

SubSection "Display"

Depth 24

Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"


SubSection "Display"

Viewport 0 0

Depth 16

Modes "1152x768"




Section "DRI"

Group 0

Mode 0666


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