New Monitor Weirdnesses or how do I get Xorg to pay attention to my xorg.conf file?

Robert Heller heller at
Thu Dec 3 18:27:05 PST 2015

At Thu, 3 Dec 2015 16:27:22 -0500 Felix Miata <mrmazda at> wrote:

> Robert Heller composed on 2015-12-03 16:00 (UTC-0500):
> > I use a distro with long term support.
> Not without a price. What you have is hardware technology that is more
> advanced than the foundation on which that support is built. A GeForce 8200
> needs either the FOSS nouveau driver, which seems to be missing from CentOS
> 5, or the proprietary NVidia driver. VESA is a low technology fallback driver
> wholly incapable of properly supporting widescreen displays. AFAICT, there's
> no amount of xorg.conf or xrandr twiddling you can do to overcome the
> shortcomings of a fallback driver.

The video chipset has been working fine with the CentOS software, with a 4:3
monitor. The (available) proprietary NVidia driver won't work with a Xen

> >  *I* have better things to do than
> > spend all of my time dealing with incompatible updates every few months.
> You have 3 choices that I can see:
> 1-upgrade software to the technology level of your hardware (nouveau driver,
> likely requiring KMS kernel)
> 2-backlevel your video hardware (either supported gfxcard, or supported 4:3
> or 5:4 aspect display)
> 3-suffer a standard aspect video mode on your widescreen display

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