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Given the lack of any further suggestions, simply given up on PM for the laptop.

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Installation / Re: GRUB problem - again failing to find OS - Help!
« on: August 24, 2015, 02:16:59 pm »
Thanks very much to all for helping.

Neither Chkdsk nor sfc on the WinXP partition made a scrap of difference. Update-grub still fails to find the partition - but at least the modification to 40_custom has by-passed the problem.
Incidentally, the attempt to get Grub to select the previously booted system has also failed to work - although I have done it satisfactorily on 6 other laptops recently.

I'm not sure the problem with the 'missing partition' is totally unique - an internet search does come up with a  few others with similar issues. Also, I have had it happen 2 (in fact I think it was it 3) times on different laptops recently - and I certainly can't see why (all old XP machines - but with a recent re-install of everything). I am suspicious that a second tranche of PM updates (after the initial set on installing PM6) updates something to do with Grub and that possibly breaks it. On the initial loading of PM6, if I do the customisations immediately, it has always worked. I have then loaded a few things, mainly LibreOffice , and then a later update follows. After that, update-grub seems to be 'risky'.

I will now be unable to do any more investigations on any of these laptops - they are all going to Tanzania!
I guess the thread may as well close.

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Installation / Re: GRUB problem - again failing to find OS - Help!
« on: August 24, 2015, 10:39:44 am »
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Your GRUB menu should now contain an entry for "Windows XP (on /dev/sda1)" that hopefully will boot XP
Many thanks - that worked.
I can see you have suggested a manual version of what GC can do - adding a chainloader, and that it is related to what 'scifidude' suggested - just much simpler!
I guess that at least ensures it 'stays fixed'.

I'm running 'sfc' on the Win partition - just on the basis you suggested there might be a broken file there. If it changes anything I'll post again.

It is a shame there seems to be no easy way to restore GRUB to it's initial state. As I mentioned, last time this happened, I tried the purge and install of grub-pc and grub-common, but it did not fix it. For my comfort, this is happening to often - I think 3 times recently - and I wish I knew why!

AND - on this laptop only, the changes to grub to make it default to the last used system does not seem to work. I'd be grateful for confirmation which of ="TRUE" or =true is correct.

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Installation / Re: GRUB problem - again failing to find OS - Help!
« on: August 24, 2015, 09:46:13 am »
Sounds like we  are heading for a work-around, but I wish I knew why this is happening. Is there any possibility it is due to choices when the system updates (and possibly grub updates)?
A small change to grub, and even if I subsequently reverse it, update-grub stops finding the WinXP partition.
 
and to answer Slim - I simply changed GRUB_SAVEDEFAULT="TRUE" to =true as it did not seem to be working as it has on other systems and I was unsure which it should be (if it matters)

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$ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for user-1:

Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders, total 117210240 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xcbd1cbd1

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *          63    31746047    15872992+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2        31746109   117209087    42731489+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5        31746111    94777955    31515922+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda6        94779392   115703807    10462208   83  Linux
/dev/sda7       115705856   117209087      751616   82  Linux swap / Solaris


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$ sudo blkid
/dev/sda1: LABEL="WinXP" UUID="DCD06422D064055C" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda5: LABEL="Data" UUID="01D0D4385AE3A5B0" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda6: UUID="5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sda7: UUID="339990c1-9aef-429c-b399-0457b9125a7e" TYPE="swap"

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#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
  set have_grubenv=true
  load_env
fi
if [ "${next_entry}" ] ; then
   set default="${next_entry}"
   set next_entry=
   save_env next_entry
   set boot_once=true
else
   set default="${saved_entry}"
fi

if [ x"${feature_menuentry_id}" = xy ]; then
  menuentry_id_option="--id"
else
  menuentry_id_option=""
fi

export menuentry_id_option

if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
  set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
  save_env saved_entry
  set prev_saved_entry=
  save_env prev_saved_entry
  set boot_once=true
fi

function savedefault {
  if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
    saved_entry="${chosen}"
    save_env saved_entry
  fi
}
function recordfail {
  set recordfail=1
  if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
}
function load_video {
  if [ x$feature_all_video_module = xy ]; then
    insmod all_video
  else
    insmod efi_gop
    insmod efi_uga
    insmod ieee1275_fb
    insmod vbe
    insmod vga
    insmod video_bochs
    insmod video_cirrus
  fi
}

if [ x$feature_default_font_path = xy ] ; then
   font=unicode
else
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos6'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6  5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
else
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
fi
    font="/usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2"
fi

if loadfont $font ; then
  set gfxmode=auto
  load_video
  insmod gfxterm
  set locale_dir=$prefix/locale
  set lang=en_GB
  insmod gettext
fi
terminal_output gfxterm
if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ] ; then
  set timeout=30
else
  if [ x$feature_timeout_style = xy ] ; then
    set timeout_style=menu
    set timeout=10
  # Fallback normal timeout code in case the timeout_style feature is
  # unavailable.
  else
    set timeout=10
  fi
fi
play 480 440 1
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos6'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6  5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
else
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
fi
insmod png
if background_image /boot/grub/W-M-GRUBscreenBG.png; then
  true
else
  set menu_color_normal=white/black
  set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
function gfxmode {
set gfxpayload="${1}"
if [ "${1}" = "keep" ]; then
set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
else
set vt_handoff=
fi
}
if [ "${recordfail}" != 1 ]; then
  if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
    if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
      if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
        set linux_gfx_mode=keep
      else
        set linux_gfx_mode=text
      fi
    else
      set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
  else
    set linux_gfx_mode=keep
  fi
else
  set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
export linux_gfx_mode
menuentry 'Peppermint GNU/Linux' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-simple-5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8' {
recordfail
savedefault
load_video
gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos6'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6  5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
else
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
fi
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.16.0-46-generic root=UUID=5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8 ro  quiet splash $vt_handoff
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.16.0-46-generic
}
submenu 'Advanced options for Peppermint GNU/Linux' $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-advanced-5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8' {
menuentry 'Peppermint GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.16.0-46-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.16.0-46-generic-advanced-5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8' {
recordfail
savedefault
load_video
gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos6'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6  5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
else
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
fi
echo 'Loading Linux 3.16.0-46-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.16.0-46-generic root=UUID=5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8 ro  quiet splash $vt_handoff
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.16.0-46-generic
}
menuentry 'Peppermint GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.16.0-46-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.16.0-46-generic-recovery-5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8' {
recordfail
load_video
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos6'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6  5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
else
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
fi
echo 'Loading Linux 3.16.0-46-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.16.0-46-generic root=UUID=5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8 ro recovery nomodeset
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.16.0-46-generic
}
menuentry 'Peppermint GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.16.0-45-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.16.0-45-generic-advanced-5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8' {
recordfail
savedefault
load_video
gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos6'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6  5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
else
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
fi
echo 'Loading Linux 3.16.0-45-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.16.0-45-generic root=UUID=5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8 ro  quiet splash $vt_handoff
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.16.0-45-generic
}
menuentry 'Peppermint GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.16.0-45-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.16.0-45-generic-recovery-5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8' {
recordfail
load_video
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos6'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6  5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
else
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
fi
echo 'Loading Linux 3.16.0-45-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.16.0-45-generic root=UUID=5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8 ro recovery nomodeset
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.16.0-45-generic
}
menuentry 'Peppermint GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.16.0-37-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.16.0-37-generic-advanced-5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8' {
recordfail
savedefault
load_video
gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos6'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6  5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
else
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
fi
echo 'Loading Linux 3.16.0-37-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.16.0-37-generic root=UUID=5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8 ro  quiet splash $vt_handoff
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.16.0-37-generic
}
menuentry 'Peppermint GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.16.0-37-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.16.0-37-generic-recovery-5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8' {
recordfail
load_video
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos6'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6  5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
else
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
fi
echo 'Loading Linux 3.16.0-37-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.16.0-37-generic root=UUID=5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8 ro recovery nomodeset
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.16.0-37-generic
}
}

### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry 'Memory test (memtest86+)' {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos6'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6  5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
else
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
fi
knetbsd /boot/memtest86+.elf
}
menuentry 'Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)' {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos6'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6  5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
else
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 5ac9b436-e780-4276-974f-94685a2718c8
fi
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_uefi-firmware ###
### END /etc/grub.d/30_uefi-firmware ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
if [ -f  ${config_directory}/custom.cfg ]; then
  source ${config_directory}/custom.cfg
elif [ -z "${config_directory}" -a -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
  source $prefix/custom.cfg;
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###

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Installation / Re: GRUB problem - again - Help!
« on: August 24, 2015, 08:15:30 am »
Having been round exactly this loop with CG, I am sure it will not fix it.
There is a work-around with GC by adding a chain-loader for the missing OS.

(WinXP - simply because it is an ancient machine, but the intention is to get PM6 used for at least most things)

What I really want to know is whether there is a way of re-setting GRUB and restoring the (? OS-prober) function that appears to be failing.
Previously (when it happened to GC) I tried a purge and then install of grub-pc and grub-common, but it failed to fix the problem, which is why I resorted to a clean re-install of PM6.

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Installation / Re: GRUB problem - again - Help!
« on: August 24, 2015, 07:31:24 am »
I started off getting this same problem WHEN using Grub Customizer, and was advised to go for a simple manual approach.
It is pretty obvious now that GC was wrongly blamed (it has never been on the laptop that has just failed).

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Just had the problem again of GRUB failing to find an OS. Discussed before under OS-Prober failing topic
Did  a very minor update to /etc/default/grub - as have done several times.
Ran update-grub, and suddenly it has stopped finding the WinXP partition.

Last time I resorted to a complete PM6 re-install.

Is there a better/quicker route? I'm a touch desperate!

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Hardware / Re: Graphics problem - Sony Vaio
« on: August 24, 2015, 06:28:21 am »
I certainly did the first of those.

Sadly, I have got to the point where I simply can't risk messing-up the drivers now that the Nouveau one seems to be working (although I would love to understand why that was failing to find all the resolution modes); I just hope it stays that way.
This is one of a batch of laptops I have been refurbishing - and we will be taking them to Tanzania on Wednesday - so you probably understand my reluctance to risk upsetting anything at this late stage. Sorry!

It does sound as if you are not expecting to find any broader problem - so it may just have to be 'one of those things' that is never fully resolved. Maybe next time I get a machine with nVidia graphics I'll find out more.

Many thanks for all the help on various topics - at least I'll go quiet now!

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Hardware / Re: Graphics problem - Sony Vaio
« on: August 24, 2015, 12:41:14 am »
Well I'm still not clear why I could not get the correct resolution originally, or indeed  how my actions have caused it to be to 'appear'.
I'm happy it is working but would be pleased for a touch more explanation before we close this thread.
It is also unclear to me why the nVidia drivers would not install from 'additional drivers'.

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Hardware / Re: SiS graphics resolution - MITAC 8640SC
« on: August 24, 2015, 12:31:59 am »
Thanks for the kind words and help on various topics.
As there are no further technical comments I will mark this as solved.

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Hardware / Re: Graphics problem - Sony Vaio
« on: August 23, 2015, 01:47:54 pm »
Indeed,
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15 Mega-Bits per second - sorry, sloppy typing on my part.

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~ $ sudo lshw -c display
.....       configuration: driver=nouveau latency=0
So I guess I have got the Nouveau driver - just not quite sure how it happened!

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Hardware / Re: SiS graphics resolution - MITAC 8640SC
« on: August 23, 2015, 11:02:53 am »
Well, a lack of response here!
However, I managed to solve it with some help from elsewhere. :)

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Your driver does obviously not support xrandr 1.2 as it still says "default" instead of an xrandr 1.2 output name.
The addmode and newmode option only work for xrandr 1.2 capable drivers
.
 So that is why I have failed on that approach.

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If you cannot use an xrandr 1.2 capable graphics driver, configure the modeline via the xorg.conf Monitor section

Broadly the approach was to create an xorg.conf file (as there is not one in /etc/X11 in this version of Ubuntu).
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sudo X -configure should do this, but it says the server is already running and fails.

A work-around was to use:
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sudo X :1 -configure this finally ends in an error, but not before creating an xorg.conf.new file in the /home directory.

That was edited, adding a modeline to the monitor section. The modeline was obtained by using
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cvt 1027 768.
A copy of this file was renamed to xorg.conf file was placed into /etc/X11 (with root privileges).

On reboot - the requisite 1024 x 768 resolution mode became available.

I'm quite sure the experts can improve on some of the above - but for the moment it got me there, and maybe my laymans description might help someone else.

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Hardware / Re: Graphics problem - Sony Vaio
« on: August 23, 2015, 10:04:00 am »

That's true for both the AMD and Nvidia drivers.  It's especially true if you have slow Internet.  When I was on 1.5 Mb/s DSL,
[/quote]
My internet is about 15MB/s, so is 30 minutes realistic or ridiculous?

Are you able to clarify any of my other outstanding questions on this - or my other poser on: Hardware / Re: graphics resolution - MITAC 8640SC & others! I'm currently trying to create an xorg.conf file and add a modeline for that problem.
Thanks


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Hardware / Re: Graphics problem - Sony Vaio
« on: August 23, 2015, 08:57:03 am »
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~ $ sudo ubuntu-drivers devices
[sudo] password for user-1:
== /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.0 ==
vendor   : NVIDIA Corporation
model    : G86M [GeForce 8400M GT]
modalias : pci:v000010DEd00000426sv0000104Dsd00009005bc03sc00i00
driver   : nvidia-304 - distro non-free
driver   : xserver-xorg-video-nouveau - distro free builtin
driver   : nvidia-173 - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-340 - distro non-free recommended
driver   : nvidia-304-updates - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-340-updates - distro non-free

Does that mean, despite appearances, I have loaded them all whilst struggling with it ??
What does 'non-free' mean ?

Do I need to get rid of any?

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Hardware / Re: Graphics problem - Sony Vaio
« on: August 23, 2015, 08:12:37 am »
hi, and thanks very much for responding. Do read to the end, the story develops!

I am being offered 6 options for the 8400M:
The open Source Nouveau - this is "marked", so I had assumed that it was in use - but perhaps that is my misunderstanding.
nVidia 340.76 - wice from slightly different souces
nVidia 304.125 - twice from slightly different source
nVidia 173.14.39

I primarily tried the 340, but have tried others too. For the 340 I left it for at least 30 minutes and the 'bar' had not moved at all.

In amongst these attempts, sever apt-get updates and reboots I suddenly got the right mode - and think the Nouveau driver was providing it. Xrandr gave a sensible result (unfortunately I did not keep a copy of that)

BUT, suddenly (after some reboots and popping back to WinVista, but I confess to slightly loosing track in my min of just what did transpire!), it simply lost it again.

Now xrandr gives:
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~ $ xrandr
xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
Screen 0: minimum 640 x 480, current 1024 x 768, maximum 1024 x 768
default connected 1024x768+0+0 0mm x 0mm
   1024x768       61.0*
   800x600        61.0 
   640x480        60.0 

Would I be right in thinking it is actually defaulting to some basic VGA driver, and not actually picking up the Nouveau driver???
Might that be the problem?
How might I fix that?

Having realised that I may have made a wrong assumption about the selection of the Nouveau driver, I tried to install that one. But I've just given it 30 minutes and the bar is still stuck at ~10%, so I closed it and rebooted.
Surprise - I seem to have the right resolution!

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~ $ sudo lshw -c display
[sudo] password for user-1:
  *-display               
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: G86M [GeForce 8400M GT]
       vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: a1
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=nouveau latency=0
       resources: irq:47 memory:ce000000-ceffffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:cc000000-cdffffff ioport:2000(size=128)

and
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~ $ xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1280 x 800, maximum 8192 x 8192
LVDS-1 connected 1280x800+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
   1280x800       59.9*+
   1024x768       59.9 
   800x600        59.9 
   640x480        59.4 
   720x400        59.6 
   640x400        60.0 
   640x350        59.8 
VGA-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

So, maybe it is just/partly that 'additional divers' is failing to tell me when it has actually done the job.

The display appears to be OK, except for some garbage onscreen between the password entry and PM6 fully loading.

Comments on all this, and the driver choice, much appreciated.

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