I updated some workstations of the client to Solaris 10 update 9. Upon installing my xorg.conf (dual-screen setup) I had to notice that it does not work anymore. The problem is, that the NVidia driver does not contain support for the graphic card we use.
Normally this is not a big deal, this can happen… but in this case this is about SUN Ultra 20 workstations with SUN provided NVidia Quattro FX (NV37GL) cards. Ok, they are not the most recent ones, they where bought 4 – 5 years ago, but still, they just work as needed here and the current Solaris release has no out-of-the-box support for them. I would expect this to work already in a fresh install (yes, I was not able to get the nv driver to work with two screens on this graphic card, it seems the nv driver has not support for this).
Solution for me: download the old driver from NVidia and integrate it into Jumpstart (but still, some hours are lost because of first trying to get a working dual-screen setup with the nv driver before taking an old NVidia driver and using it like before in xorg.conf).
Another glitch a co-worker discovered is that StarOffice is not included anymore. That is again something which will cause some loss of time. I will have to have a look how to handle it. Probably it is best to install it on the server and mount it via NFS on the workstations. I will see soon if this is can be done (installation of OO into a specific place which can be shared) or not.
Tags: dual screen, graphic card, jumpstart, nice things, nvidia driver, solaris 10, specific place, staroffice, two screens, xorg —