Unknown Monitor (locked to 800×600) – Nouveau Driver vs. NVidia Driver

After being forced to reinstall my Fedora server at home which was running a very oldish Fedora Core 6 I experienced a non-happy surprise: I was not able to set some reasonable display resolution (such as 1024×768), because the display driver (“nouveau”) currently available with the package only supports up to 800×600. A very common sign for the problem is that when running System->Administration->Display the Monitor Type is reported as “Unknown Monitor” when looking at the hardware’s tab. After searching endlessly in the web having seen that many other’s of you seem to experience the same problem like in the following posts

I finally stumbled over a thread in the fedora forum which helped me a lot: It not just explains the root cause of the problem, but also provides a step-by-step description how to work around the problem. The post solved my problem with my card which is reported via lspci as follows:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G70 [GeForce 7300 GT] (rev a1)

One final remark: As the solution provided in the thread above deeply affects the kernel by loading propritary drivers, it may also be an option to you to check for another hardware which is supported better by Fedora.

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