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:
Section "Screen" Identifier "Default Screen" DefaultDepth 24 EndSection Section "Module" Load "glx" EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "Default Device" Driver "nvidia" Option "NoLogo" "True" Option "RandRRotation" EndSection
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.