Getting the Display to Work

Trouble Shooting

Due to a bug with video card setup, if you have 2 video cards installed, Fedora 10 may not be able to determine which is the primary display card and will revert to using the text based installer.

To fix this issue, you will need to do the following:

  • Add the video cards "BusID" to the section Device within the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, example:

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device2"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName      "Quadro FX 1700"
    BusID          "PCI:1:0:0"
    Screen          1

  • If you are unsure of the BusID value, run the command lspci (within a terminal session) and look for your video card.  Example

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Quadro FX 1700 (rev a1)

Nvidia Display Drivers (For nVidia video cards only)

  • Ensure you have the RPM Fusion repo installed, as given on "Update of Fedora Linux for latest Software and Patches".

  • Start up a terminal, and as "Super User", issue the command yum install kmod-nvidia (For very old nvidia cards, you might have to use the kmod-nvidia-96xx package).

  • Once installed, after a restart of X (Ctrl + Alt + Backsapce), you should be using the nvidia display driver.

Adjusting the Resolution and other Display Properties

If using a NVIDIA display card with the NVIDIA drivers, it is suggested to use the nvidia-setttings program to configure the display properties.

To use this program, simply:

  • Start up a shell terminal as "root" or "superuser".

  • Issue the command nvidia-settings

  • Then to change display propertities, simply select the "X Server Display Configuration" as can be seen in the below image.

nvidia-settings image

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