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nce upon a time I had a week’s worth of difficulty getting Ubuntu 10.10 to install on my ancient nforce2 based motherboard (Nvidia GeForce4 MX Integrated GPU). There were two main issues, 1) the installer couldn’t see all of the hard drives, and 2) the system would only recognize 640×480 as the maximum resolution.

Fix #1

Boot into the liveCD (or liveUSB). Open a terminal and issue the following command:

sudo apt-get remove dmraid

Now when you run the installer, it will see all hard drives.

Fix #2

After the install, run update manager to get up-to-date. Then run the Additional Drivers (System/Administration) to activate the Nvidia video driver. After rebooting, edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to look something like the following and reboot again:

Section "Screen"
	Identifier	"Default Screen"
	Monitor		"Monitor0"
	Device		"Default Device"
	DefaultDepth	24
	Option		"AddARGBGLXVisuals"	"True"
	SubSection	"Display"
		Viewport 0 0
		Depth	24
		Modes	"1280x1024"

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier	"Monitor0"
	VendorName	"Unknown"
	ModelName	"Unknown"
	HorizSync	24.0 - 80.0
	VertRefresh	49.0 - 75.0

Section "Module"
	Load	"glx"

Section "Device"
	Identifier	"Default Device"
	Driver		"nvidia"
	Option		"NoLogo"	"True"

Use the following to get info about your monitor:

sudo apt-get install hwinfo
sudo hwinfo --monitor

Sources: [SOLVED] Display limited to 800×600 screen resolution on Ubuntu 9.04 on LG Flatron L1718S, Installer does not detect hard drive partitions, Stuck in low res after Nvidia driver install (Ubuntu 10.10)

UPDATE: Just as a note to my future self, when you reinstall Ubuntu and are trying to get your 500GB software raid stripe back up and the Disk Utility is telling you “Not enough components available to start the raid array”, just reinstall mdadm (sudo apt-get install mdadm), reboot, and all will be well.

UPDATE 2: This resolution fix will not work on Ubuntu 11.04 because it ignores xorg.conf, and the current Nvidia 96 series driver (GeForce), does not support xorg 1.10.

Source: [natty] nvidia binary packages for older cards – dependencies not met


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