About a month ago, I had a little computer glitch. I ended up reinstalling Windows XP, but I ran into some more problems when Windows updates began to trickle in. I just couldn’t get past Windows Authentication since I didn’t have a valid license.
I was literally stuck with Windows XP SP1. There were some programs that refuse to install unless I had SP2. So much for that idea.
Then, Solaris came out a few weeks ago, I tried to install it by overwriting my Ubuntu partition. The Solaris installation was smooth. There were no issues. However, running it is another story.
There were two major problems:
- Xorg wasn’t working quite well. I was only seeing 3/4 of the screen. I tried rebooting. I alsoÂ reconfigured Xorg. It worked for the lower resolutions, but not the 1680×1050 widescreen my monitor supported. So, I gave up Solaris and went back to Ubuntu.
- I learned after the install of Ubuntu that the MBR (Master Boot Record) aka PBR was destroyed. I could no longer boot to Windows or Ubuntu. Nice job, Solaris.
I wiped out the entire disk and removed the two partitions. I installed Ubuntu as the only OS on my computer. Câ€™est la vie, Windows.
The only thing I missed in Windows is viewing in portrait mode which is great for browsing websites and documents, while landscape mode is perfect for viewing spreadsheets.
So, did I get portrait mode working in Ubuntu?
I had an old ATI graphics card which I learned later that it had issues with rotating views. I ended up buying an older Nvidia FX-5200 from Ebay for a fairly good price.
So, here’s my setup.
- Monitor: HP w2207h 1680×1050 60 Hz
- Video Card: Nvidia GeForce FX-5200
- Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04.
I set the device section of my Xorg.conf to:
Identifier "Default Screen"
Identifier "Default Device"
Option "NoLogo" "True"
To view in portrait mode, just go to Systems – Preferences – Screen Resolution – Monitor Resolution Settings and choose either Normal or Left rotation.
Landscape Mode (Normal) Setting: 1680×1050 pixels.
Portrait Mode (Rotated Left) Setting: 1050×1680 pixels.
So, this is how I setup my Ubuntu in Portrait mode with my HP w2207h monitor and my Nvidia FX-5200 video card. I will note however, that are currently issues with running Xrandr with Compiz at the same. Unfortunately, you can’t have both. Other than, I’m a happy camper.