old nVidia card drivers

From: Unkmar 
Ugh, in short.  Don't use the NV44 GeForce 6200 cards for anything more
than extremely low end graphics.  As in, testing or terminal only.

Summary: For me, nVidia cards have historically been pretty easy to
configure. Enter the nVidia GeForce 6200. It is a pain to get resolutions
above 640x480 using the nVidia binary drivers.  (Got a chant while dancing
in a proper elliptical style orbit around two fires without spilling you
beer.)  Seriously, it isn't that hard as long as you know to use the 5th or
is this the 6th method of configuring video settings? Because the first 4
or 5 don't quite get you there.  Some of those that don't work, and aren't
necessary and simply slow you down. I did get it to work and minecraft is
barely playable.  I think the key component was to generate a fresh
xorg.conf from which to start, using the command sudo X -configure.  After
that, nvidia-settings could see the modes above 640x480.

I'm running Debian and installed a new/old video card.  New as in just
purchased, old as in old Chipset. NVIDIA Corporation NV44 [GeForce 6200
TurboCache(TM)] (rev a1).  The card was purchased for several reasons.
Low end, inexpensive, passive cooling, stability.
Good for testing that the malfunction is somewhere other than a possibly
burned out video card without spending a C-note.
End result, my video card is not the problem. :(

Anyhow, back to drivers.  The card installs find. the nouvoue. 

=============================================================== From: William Roush ------------------------------------------------------ http://i.imgur.com/vobem2V.jpg William Roush william.roush@roushtech.net 423-463-0592 http://www.roushtech.net/blog/

=============================================================== From: Unkmar ------------------------------------------------------ Per your incredibly fast response, I can tell you didn't read past the 1st line. In general, I use, prefer and love nVidia cards over ATI. That particular one was more headache then usual.

=============================================================== From: William Roush ------------------------------------------------------ Nah, I know nVidia typically preferred on Linux (and in a lot of cases just in general). Just thought it was relevant considering it's Linus' response to the nVidia team. William Roush william.roush@roushtech.net 423-463-0592 http://www.roushtech.net/blog/

=============================================================== From: Unkmar ------------------------------------------------------ True, I can also note that my most recent ATI install wasn't nearly as bad as my previous experiences. Was about as smooth and easy as my previous nVidia installs. I'm don't recall for sure if it needed a blacklisting of the opensource drivers like nVidia usually does. Therefore it maybe have been slightly easier. Lucius L. Hilley III - Unkmar