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Re: Maybe I need a better video card? Editing xorg.conf?

Hello Andrew,

On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 09:06:27PM -0400, Andrew wrote:
> Dear Klaus,
> Thanks so much for the suggestion, but
> > sudo aptitude update
> > sudo aptitude install -t unstable nvidia-kernel-dkms nvidia-glx
> > nvidia-settings
> didn't work out. :(  After unpacking the kernel source in /usr/src and
> reinstalling the packages, things were still not right:

"After unpacking the kernel source in /usr/src" means in this context
that the nvidia kernel modules were unpacked and compiled with dkms
automatically, right?

But, "reinstalling the packages"? Which ones?

>  The mouse tracking seemed right, but the middle button (2) didn't work
> (on two test mice), menu items vanished on mouse-over (reappearing
> afterwards) and all the windows' buttons lacked outlines, even the
> lxsession-logout dialog.

If you get a difference related to the original (nouveau) xorg
installation, I guess that the nvidia installation was successful.  You
probaby did the necessary reboot in order to unload nouveau and load

So, you now have the original proprietary nvidia drivers running. If
even these don't work with your card, your card maybe needs the "legacy"
nvidia package versions (like nvidia-kernel-legacy-96xx-dkms,
nvidia-kernel-legacy-71xx-dkms, nvidia-kernel-legacy-173xx-dkms and the
relatex xserver-xorg packages). Yes, it's a mess...

Mouse issues should not be related to the video driver, however, I
cannot rule out that the nvidia xorg module also changes mouse settings
in order to interface better with the graphics part, maybe even an older
version of the mouse drivers was installed for matching the version of
the graphics module.

> I think I will give an Intel or Radeon card a try, but if I can't reduce
> the the number of tasks on the task bar to only those on the current
> viewport, I will probably go "no3d", anyway.

Or just try a different window manager, like KDE or gnome, if
lxde/lxpanel lacks the feature. They surely have more features and
settings. You can still use compiz with KDE or gnome by starting "compiz
--replace" after KDE or Gnome startup.


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