- HP Pavilion 6745C
- 256 MB ram
- Kubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft)
- eVGA (nVidia) GeForce4 MX 4000 PCI
I’ve had persistent problems with the i810 on-board vga with virtually every install of Linux that I’ve tried with this PC (with the exception of damnsmalllinux). Between that and its poor performance, I added a MX 4000 to this PC. However, recent distributions have failed to even properly recognize the card at install/configuration time, so I had to take some indirect steps to add the device.
Install Kubuntu using i810. This required setting bios to use the “AGP” video card (in this case AGP=onboard video). I had the MX 4000 PCI card installed for this as well, but not hooked to a monitor.
Run “lspci” at a shell prompt. At the end of my listing was:
01:0d.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV18 [GeForce4 MX 4000 AGP 8x] (rev c1)
At a shell prompt, run “sudo vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf” (substitute your favorite editor for vim). I copied and pasted the following section:
Identifier “Intel Corporation 82810 …”
I modified my new section to read:
The “Identifier” value must be copied in a later section, so the value doesn’t matter as much as the consistency of that value. The 1:13:0 is from the lspci output (01:0d.0, where 0d in hex = 13 in decimal). “nv” is the free nVidia compatible driver. I may later apply the proper nVidia driver (instructions in a previous post).
Still in xorg.conf, I modified the “Screen” section (Section “Screen”) by replacing “Intel Corporation 82810…” with “NVidia” on the Device line.
Identifier “Default Screen”
Save xorg.conf and restart X (Ctrl-Alt-Bksp on an X screen). X will now start on the nVidia card.
Reboot, switch bios to use “PCI” as the primary display. Save BIOS.
Plug monitor into nVidia card, and boot with new BIOS settings.
– Get both devices working on this PC as two separate displays.
– Install “proper” nVidia drivers.