Xorg Screen Resolution Woes on SXCE
By Giri Mandalika on Jan 08, 2009
A fresh install of Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) build 104 or an upgrade from an earlier SXCE build say 95 on a Toshiba Tecra M2 laptop results in a successful operating environment, but fails to bring up the graphical GNOME environment mainly because Xserver fails to start with errors like
:0.0 refused by server.
Few ideas to get around the Xserver issue: (apparently I'm not an Xorg expert -- so spare me the criticism in case if you notice any unusual/incoherent terminology)
kdmconfigand select Xorg
/usr/X11/bin/xorgconfig -configure, and save the resulting xorg.conf in /etc/X11 directory. Finally start the GNOME Display Manager by typing
gdm-stopto stop the display manager).
If 800x600 is the best resolution you can get, and if
nvidia-settings throws an error with message:
You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just run `nvidia-xconfig` as root), and restart the X server
.. try running
nvidia-xconfig as root user. It will replace the existing /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. In case if the GNOME Display Manager fails to come up after this step, check the /var/log/Xorg.0.log file for any clue. If you notice something similar to the following lines in your Xorg.0.log, you may have to downgrade the NVIDIA driver to the latest versions of the supported legacy driver for your graphics processing unit (GPU).
... ... (II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver 177.82 Tue Nov 4 13:39:01 PST 2008 (II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs (II) Primary Device is: PCI 01:00:0 (WW) NVIDIA(0): The NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 32M/64M GPU installed in this (WW) NVIDIA(0): system is supported through the NVIDIA 173.14.xx Legacy (WW) NVIDIA(0): drivers. Please visit (WW) NVIDIA(0): http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html for more (WW) NVIDIA(0): information. The 177.82 NVIDIA driver will ignore this (WW) NVIDIA(0): GPU. Continuing probe... (EE) No devices detected. Fatal server error: no screens foundSolution
The following instructions outline the steps to resolve the above issue on a Tecra M2 laptop running SXCE build 104.
- Download the latest legacy GPU version (173.14.xx series) of the display driver from NVIDIA's web site
- Download the driver file
- Install the driver
This step removes the existing nvidia driver before installing the legacy one.
- Reboot the system
reboot -- -r
- Remove the Xorg configuration file if exists.
- Generate a new Xorg configuration file
- Logout and log back in.
- Reboot the system
The screen resolution issue should have been fixed automagically after the last step. Good Luck.
The above steps are based on NVIDIA's documentation: