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From: Thomas A Watson11/30/2018 7:36:22 AM
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Switching from multidisplay to a single display and changing video cards to support new resolution of monitor.

Basic OS of computer.
watson@xen2[22]uname -a
Linux xen2 4.4.0-64-generic #85-Ubuntu SMP Mon Feb 20 11:50:30 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linu

This computer was running using a GALAXY MDT Nvidia Geforce GT610 1Gb PCIe card.
The card drove 4 Samsung 1204b monitors of 1600x1200.

I believe I used unity desktop to originally set up the Displays to create a 3200x2400 desktop.
But for working I used fvwm2.

The machine always boots to text mode. Then I start fvwm2 with xinit /usr/bin/fvwm2 or I could start unity
with xinit /usr/bin/unity.

The new monitor is an Acer ET0 Series ET430K IPS 43" LED Monitor IPS 4K UHD HDMI w/ Speaker.

The GT610 does not support 4k 3840 x 2160 resolution. So I choose a Geforce GT 1030
It has a far superior GPU over the GT610, but it is not a cutting edge gaming care. In that I never game, that did not matter to me.

After installing the new vid card and connecting up the monitor linux booted no prob to text mode.
I logged in and xinit /usr/bin/fvwm2 worked ok but the screen res was 12??x10??

I googled all manner of questions about linux ubuntu 16.04 and all I found was gui this and gui that in unity. Well xinit /usr/bin/unity would not come up. There were posts attempting to explain how to set up Xorg config but none really explained anything.

So finally I went to then Drivers Geforce
Did a manual search. I figured out that a 1030 card was a series 10 card in nvidiaeze.
So I menued Geforce, Geforce 10 series, Geforce GT 1030, linux 64-bit, English (US), Recommended Certified


Linux x64 (AMD64/EM64T) Display Driver

Version 410.78
Release Date Thu Nov 15, 2018
Operating System Linux 64-bit
Language English (US)
File Size 102.94 MB

Download /XFree86/Linux-x86_64/410.78/

*This download includes the NVIDIA display driver and GeForce Experience application. Details for use of this NVIDIA software can be found in the NVIDIA End User License Agreement.


watson@xen2[25]file POSIX shell script executable (binary data)

This is Nvidia propriatary and not open source. To me that means it will use all of the power of the card.

Open source is nice but in video drivers, I prefer the companies stuff. It often solves many problems.

So I chmod 777 and ran it. Oh I always create user root and login as root to manage my linux systems. I do not sudo.

The program ran no brain, asked obvious questions and permissions and agree terms. It reported it had created a new xorg config.

Then as me, not root xinit /usr/bin/fvwm2 and all is right with the world.

So I did not have to relearn all about mode lines and xconfig and edit some files some where to get it to work. How many times have I done that in the past? who knows..

I assume unity will work now also, but have not tested it yet.
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