Cannot change resolution for NVidia 6600 GT + SyncMaster 710N

Hello
I cannot change my screen resolution. Only screen size available is 1024x768 but both my video card and monitor supports 1280x1024
Graphic card NVidia 6600 GT + monitor Samsung SyncMaster 710N

I have tried all this commands:

  1. ~$ xrandr
    xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
    Screen 0: minimum 1024 x 768, current 1024 x 768, maximum 1024 x 768
    default connected primary 1024x768+0+0 0mm x 0mm
    1024x768 76.00*

  2. ~$ xrandr -s 1280x1024
    Size 1280x1024 not found in available modes

  3. ~$ xrandr --newmode "1280x1024_60.00"
    xrandr: failed to parse '1280x1024_60.00' as a mode specification
    Try 'xrandr --help' for more information.

  4. $ xrandr --query
    xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
    Screen 0: minimum 1024 x 768, current 1024 x 768, maximum 1024 x 768
    default connected primary 1024x768+0+0 0mm x 0mm
    1024x768 76.00*

  5. $ xrandr --addmode VGA1 "1280x1024_60.00"
    xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
    xrandr: cannot find output "VGA1"

  6. $ cvt 1280 1024 60

1280x1024 59.89 Hz (CVT 1.31M4) hsync: 63.67 kHz; pclk: 109.00 MHz

Modeline "1280x1024_60.00" 109.00 1280 1368 1496 1712 1024 1027 1034 1063 -hsync +vsync

  1. $ xrandr --newmode "1280x1024_60.00" 109.00 1280 1368 1496 1712 1024 1027 1034 1063 -hsync +vsync
    xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default

  2. ~$ xrandr
    xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
    Screen 0: minimum 1024 x 768, current 1024 x 768, maximum 1024 x 768
    default connected primary 1024x768+0+0 0mm x 0mm
    1024x768 76.00*
    1280x1024_60.00 (0x540) 109.000MHz -HSync +VSync
    h: width 1280 start 1368 end 1496 total 1712 skew 0 clock 63.67KHz
    v: height 1024 start 1027 end 1034 total 1063 clock 59.89Hz

  3. ~$ xrandr -s "1280x1024_60.00"
    Size 1280x1024 not found in available modes

Its a fresh new install of Zorin

At first I 've searched in "install additional drivers" but it return no new driver.

More systems specs:
Intel® Core™2 CPU 6420 @ 2.13GHz × 2
RAM 3,8 GiB
llvmpipe (LLVM 12.0.0, 128 bits)
Zorin OS 16
64 bit
X11

Thanks for your help

Mariano

OK, first before we can do anything, your probably going to have to install the Nvidia PROPRIETARY drivers in order to use your card. As your video card is extremely old, dates to like 2004, your going to need a much older driver to well, drive the card.

CTRL ALT T to enter terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver-306.97

I believe that was the last driver that supported your card officially.

Once installed, click Zorin :zorin: icon and type Additional Drivers. Open that up. Hopefully you see Nvidia 306 PROPRIETARY show up in the list. Make sure its selected, wait for install to complete, then restart.

Your card is really old, and this may still not work because of its age, but we can cross our fingers and hope that this works.

  StarTreker

yoda
Community Tech Support

To save time, I am going to post this as well. If the above does not fix the problem, you could try running these commands next.

CTRL ALT T to enter terminal.

Now run this command...

sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall

Don't forget to restart after this!

This is sort of a magic fix command that seems to work for most people. This is sort of a last resort fix, cause I can't think of anything else to fix.

  StarTreker

yoda
Community Tech Support

Many thanks for the quick response!

I will try all the possibilities you gave me.

Just may help to tell you that I other partition I use Linux Mint Mate and the resolution 1280x1024 was recognized automatically.

I am trying Zorin because mint was slow with web.WhatsApp + libreoffice + other more tab . Native WhatsApp web almost couldn’t load

In the original partition I have win7 and it is very fast, but with no support or any serious security companion.

I expect very much from Zorin

Thank you !
Mariano

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Bad news:

  1. Tried to install the downloaded file from nvidia website

I got this error:

     NVIDIA Accelerated Graphics Driver for Linux-x86_64 (304.137)

ERROR: Failed to run /usr/sbin/dkms build -m nvidia -v 304.137 -k 5.11.0-38-generic:
Kernel preparation unnecessary for this kernel. Skipping...

     Building module:       
     cleaning build area...                                                
     make -j2 KERNELRELEASE=5.11.0-38-generic module                      
     SYSSRC=/lib/modules/5.11.0-38-generic/build.....(bad exit status: 2)  
     Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel:
     5.11.0-38-generic (x86_64)
     Consult /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/304.137/build/make.log for more          
     information.
  1. Secondly, tried this commands:
    ~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-driver OK
    ~$ sudo apt-get update OK
    ~$ sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver-306.97 COULD NOT FIND ANY PACKAGE
    ~$ sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver- TAB-LIST:
    nvidia-driver-390 nvidia-driver-440 nvidia-driver-460
    nvidia-driver-418 nvidia-driver-440-server nvidia-driver-460-server
    nvidia-driver-418-server nvidia-driver-450 nvidia-driver-465
    nvidia-driver-430 nvidia-driver-450-server nvidia-driver-470
    nvidia-driver-435 nvidia-driver-455 nvidia-driver-470-server

$ sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver-390 RESULT:

Configurando nvidia-dkms-390 (390.144-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) ...
update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated)
INFO:Enable nvidia
DEBUG:Parsing /usr/share/ubuntu-drivers-common/quirks/put_your_quirks_here
DEBUG:Parsing /usr/share/ubuntu-drivers-common/quirks/dell_latitude
DEBUG:Parsing /usr/share/ubuntu-drivers-common/quirks/lenovo_thinkpad
Removing old nvidia-390.144 DKMS files...


Deleting module version: 390.144
completely from the DKMS tree.

Done.
Loading new nvidia-390.144 DKMS files...
Building for 5.11.0-38-generic
Building for architecture x86_64
Building initial module for 5.11.0-38-generic
Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 5.11.0-38-generic (x86_64)
Consult /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/390.144/build/make.log for more information.
dpkg: error al procesar el paquete nvidia-dkms-390 (--configure):
el subproceso instalado paquete nvidia-dkms-390 script post-installation devolvió el código de salida de error 10
dpkg: problemas de dependencias impiden la configuración de nvidia-driver-390:
nvidia-driver-390 depende de nvidia-dkms-390 (<= 390.144-1); sin embargo:
El paquete nvidia-dkms-390' no está configurado todavía. nvidia-driver-390 depende de nvidia-dkms-390 (>= 390.144); sin embargo: El paquete nvidia-dkms-390' no está configurado todavía.

dpkg: error al procesar el paquete nvidia-driver-390 (--configure):
problemas de dependencias - se deja sin configurar
Procesando disparadores para initramfs-tools (0.136ubuntu6.6) ...
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-5.11.0-38-generic
Se encontraron errores al procesar:
nvidia-dkms-390
nvidia-driver-390
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Can you select the 390 in Additional Drivers APP? I figured this was probably not going to work, your trying to get too new of an OS to run on too old a machine. But the real reason that is actually happening is that both the Linux kernel and Nvidia have dropped all support for those GPU's.

I was hoping that if somehow we could install a much older driver, that somehow we could get around that. It might be time to try a different distro. FrenchPress has recommend MX Linux.

But have you read my comment?
Linux Mint actually recognizes my screen very well 1280x1024. So it seems some configuration problem and not a "not supported" issue.

Looks like kernel to me.
Which Mint did you use?

Now I m logged in with Mint Mate

~$ xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1280 x 1024, maximum 4096 x 4096
VGA-1 connected primary 1280x1024+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 338mm x 270mm
1024x768 60.00 + 75.03 70.07
1280x1024 75.02* 60.02
832x624 74.55
800x600 72.19 75.00 60.32 56.25
640x480 75.00 72.81 66.67 59.94
720x400 70.08
DVI-I-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
TV-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

full specs in linux mint

System: Kernel: 5.4.0-89-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.3.0 Desktop: MATE 1.24.0
wm: marco dm: LightDM Distro: Linux Mint 20.2 Uma base: Ubuntu 20.04 focal
Machine: Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P5N-E SLI v: 1.XX serial: BIOS: Phoenix
v: ASUS P5N-E SLI Revision 0401 date: 01/12/2007
CPU: Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core2 6420 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Core Merom rev: 6
L2 cache: 4096 KiB
flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 8533
Speed: 2133 MHz min/max: N/A Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2133 2: 2133
Graphics: Device-1: NVIDIA NV43 [GeForce 6600 GT] vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: nouveau
v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10de:0140
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.11 driver: nouveau unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa
compositor: marco resolution: 1280x1024~75Hz
OpenGL: renderer: NV43 v: 2.1 Mesa 21.0.3 direct render: Yes
Audio: Device-1: NVIDIA MCP51 High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel bus ID: 00:10.1 chip ID: 10de:026c
Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.0-89-generic
Network: Device-1: NVIDIA MCP51 Ethernet vendor: ASUSTeK type: network bridge driver: forcedeth
v: kernel port: f200 bus ID: 00:14.0 chip ID: 10de:0269
IF: enp0s20 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac:
Device-2: Realtek RTL-8100/8101L/8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter driver: 8139too
v: 0.9.28 port: bc00 bus ID: 05:07.0 chip ID: 10ec:8139
IF: enp5s7 state: down mac:
Drives: Local Storage: total: 232.89 GiB used: 39.64 GiB (17.0%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WD2500JS-00MHB0 size: 232.89 GiB
speed: 3.0 Gb/s serial:
Partition: ID-1: / size: 65.94 GiB used: 19.82 GiB (30.1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5
USB: Hub: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 8 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002
Hub: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 8 rev: 1.1 chip ID: 1d6b:0001
Device-1: 2-3:2 info: KYE Systems (Mouse Systems) NetScroll+ Superior type: Mouse
driver: hid-generic,usbhid rev: 1.1 chip ID: 0458:0039
Device-2: 2-4:3 info: Microsoft Nano Transceiver v1.0 for Bluetooth
type: Keyboard,Mouse,HID driver: hid-generic,usbhid rev: 2.0 chip ID: 045e:0745
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 62.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A

Zorin is on kernel 5.11.

We can try the 5.8 kernel on your Zorin and see if that works properly with your card.

sudo apt install linux-headers-5.8.0-63-generic linux-modules-5.8.0-63-generic linux-modules-extra-5.8.0-63-generic linux-image-5.8.0-63-generic

Once installed, reboot and select the kernel from the Advanced Options menu.

Hello!

I followed your directions

When logged with kernel 5.8 the os automatically recognizes the samsung syncmaster 710n monitor and 1280x1024 BUT image appears garbled. When I move the mouse or do anything, more garbled yet.

¯_(ツ)_/¯

Any other hint?

Are you referring to Screen Tearing?

That’s correct

Can try a grub parameter:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

Change this line: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
to
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nvidia-drm.modeset=1"

ctrl+x to exit, then y key to say yes to save, then the enter key to save as current configuration.
The terminal will revert to normal. Now, you must run

sudo update-grub

for the changes to take effect.

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Did nothing. I will try every solution you propose.

As I told before, screen image shows tearing when using other kernel. On the contrary, Linux Mint sets up the screen very well. It seems an issue related to kernel. Please still need some help, because Linux Mint is not so fast as Zorin
Thanks
Mariano

In that case, let's try a different kernel.

sudo apt install linux-headers-5.8.0-63-generic linux-modules-5.8.0-63-generic linux-modules-extra-5.8.0-63-generic linux-image-5.8.0-63-generic

You may need to

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

and restore it to "quiet splash"

sudo update-grub && sudo reboot

Select Advanced Options for Zorin and select the 5.8 kernel to boot from and test.