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Bug#292495: marked as done (xdebconfigurator: whether to chose nv or nvidia)

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Subject: xdebconfigurator: whether to chose nv or nvidia
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Package: xdebconfigurator
Version: 1.13.demudi2
Severity: important


on this  Dell Inspiron 8600, the  latest  hwinfo package suggests both
"nvidia" and "nv" as X driver:

20: PCI 100.0: 0300 VGA compatible controller (VGA)
  Model: "ATI GeForce FX Go5200"
  Vendor: pci 0x10de "nVidia Corporation"
  Device: pci 0x0324 "GeForce FX Go5200"
  SubVendor: pci 0x1028 "ATI Technologies Inc"
  SubDevice: pci 0x019c 
  Revision: 0xa1
  Driver: "nvidia"
  Driver Info #0:
    XFree86 v4 Server Module: nv
  Driver Info #1:
    XFree86 v4 Server Module: nvidia
    3D Support: yes
  Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
  Attached to: #10 (PCI bridge)

and latest xdebconfigurator chooses "nvidia" over "nv":


Obviously the generated XF86Config-4 does not work  unless one has the
nvidia packages and the  appropriate kernel module installed, and  the
problem is that nvidia is non-free.

Personally I  have the nvidia  driver installed, but  this  is not the
rule (e.g. A/DeMuDi doesn't ship any non-free software).

Moreover notice that changing:

Driver		"nvidia"


Driver		"nv"

in the generated /etc/X11/XF86Config-4, does  works as well, and gives
the same results as with "nvidia".

However tuning the    generated /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 with  the  patch
below gives MUCH better and nicer results.

So what I'd do is before choosing nvidia as X driver run the test:

if test ! -e "`modprobe -l nvidia`" && $(dpkg -l nvidia-glx | grep -q ^ii)
        # Ok let's use nvidia, and write an improved XF86Config-4 (see the patch below)
        # Just use nv

Here follows a patch  to get  the best performance  out of  the NVidia
drivers.   It works    on my   machine    and  should work  in    most
cases. Additional information  can be found  in the appendix D of this


--- /etc/X11/XF86Config-4	2005-01-27 11:36:10.000000000 +0100
+++ XF86Config-4.MY	2005-01-27 11:37:23.000000000 +0100
@@ -66,15 +66,19 @@
 	Option		"Emulate3Buttons"	"true"
 Section "Device"
 	Identifier	"ATI GeForce FX Go5200"
 	Driver		"nvidia"
	Option "NoLogo" "1"
 Section "Monitor"
 	Identifier	"Xdebc Monitor"
-	HorizSync	28-50
-	VertRefresh	43-75
+	HorizSync	30-92
+	VertRefresh	50-85
+	Option "IgnoreEDID" "1"
+	Modeline "1280x800" 83.91 1280 1312 1624 1656 800 816 824 841
 	Option		"DPMS"
@@ -82,7 +86,7 @@
 	Identifier	"Default Screen"
 	Device		"ATI GeForce FX Go5200"
 	Monitor		"Xdebc Monitor"
-	DefaultDepth	16
+	DefaultDepth	24
 	SubSection "Display"
 		Depth		1
 		Modes		"1024x768" "800x600" "640x400" "640x480" "320x240" "320x200" "320x400"
@@ -105,7 +109,7 @@
 	SubSection "Display"
 		Depth		24
-		Modes		"1024x768" "800x600" "640x400" "640x480" "320x240" "320x200" "320x400"
+		Modes		"1920x1200" "1680x1050" "1280x800"

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (901, 'testing'), (101, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.10-1-multimedia-686
Locale: LANG=en_GB, LC_CTYPE=en_GB (charmap=ISO-8859-1)

Versions of packages xdebconfigurator depends on:
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]  Debian configuration management sy
ii  discover1                     1.7.6      hardware identification system
ii  kudzu                         1.1.67-1   The Red Hat Linux hardware probing
ii  perl-modules                  5.8.4-5    Core Perl modules

-- debconf information:
* xdebconfigurator/generate-at-boot: false

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Source: xdebconfigurator
Source-Version: 1.15

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
xdebconfigurator, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/main/x/xdebconfigurator/xdebconfigurator_1.15.dsc
  to pool/main/x/xdebconfigurator/xdebconfigurator_1.15.tar.gz
  to pool/main/x/xdebconfigurator/xdebconfigurator_1.15_all.deb

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to 292495@bugs.debian.org,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Morten Werner Olsen <werner@skolelinux.no> (supplier of updated xdebconfigurator package)

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Format: 1.7
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 18:25:43 +0200
Source: xdebconfigurator
Binary: xdebconfigurator
Architecture: source all
Version: 1.15
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: medium
Maintainer: Debian Edu Developers <debian-edu@lists.debian.org>
Changed-By: Morten Werner Olsen <werner@skolelinux.no>
 xdebconfigurator - A script used with debconf to autoconfigure xserver-xfree86
Closes: 289654 289655 289656 292495 293374 295434 295693 296410 296415 302399
 xdebconfigurator (1.15) unstable; urgency=medium
   * Morten Werner Olsen
     - Added xresprobe to Suggests: (debian/control) as it contains ddcprobe.
     - Defaulting to VESA if we're unable to detect the driver with one of
       the great hardware detection tools. (Closes: #295693)
     - Some cleanup in the hwinfo- and discover-calling.
     - Now using ImPS/2 if a wheel is detected and PS/2 is the reported
       mouse protocol. (Closes: #293374)
     - Fixed typo in /etc/init.d/xdebconfigurator (thanks to
       Finn-Arne Johansen for bugreport). (Closes: #289655)
     - Not using mdetect unless the -m option is specified (thanks to
       Finn-Arne Johansen for bugreport). (Closes: #289654)
     - Using discover over hwinfo to detect gfx-driver. hwinfo is familiar with
       the nvidia-driver, and we prefer the nv-driver (thanks to Free Ekanayaka
       for bugreport). (Closes: #292495)
   * Finn-Arne Johansen
     - Added variable to hold ARGUMENTS for xdebconfigurator in
       /etc/init.d/xdebconfigurator. (Closes: #289656)
   * Debconf translations:
     - Add Bosnian translation by Safir Secerovic.
     - Add Romanian translation by Eddy Petrisor. (Closes: #295434)
     - Updated Hebrew translation by Lior Kaplan
     - Added Galician translation by Jacobo Tarrio. Closes: #296415
     - Added Albanian translation by Elian Myftiu. Closes: #302399
     - Added Tagalog translation by Eric Pareja. Closes: #296410
 ed1898b62b3e5a5e3097e0e4f1497ecb 699 x11 optional xdebconfigurator_1.15.dsc
 b71b1465acaa2d261b88a3313321a9d2 26160 x11 optional xdebconfigurator_1.15.tar.gz
 20cee2cef177e3e24d16cf0394fef68a 23554 x11 optional xdebconfigurator_1.15_all.deb

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