Pardon the top-post, but there doesn't seem to a really relevant place to put this.
In the end I downloaded the 3.5.1 kernel source code, and used make-kpkg to
create a new kernel package. That has completely resolved my display issues, other
than the dual monitor. I will pursue that issue separately.
Thanks to all who took time to assist.
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> Subject: Re: Display Resolution
> Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2012 16:58:10 +0200
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> On 2012-08-04 16:39 +0200, Nelson Green wrote:
> >> > The nouveau version in squeeze does not support these cards, they should
> >> > work in wheezy though.
> >> >
> >> I will probably come in tomorrow to install Wheezy, and I will report back.
> > Well, Wheezy is almost perfect. By that I mean I have the proper
> > resolution and refresh rate, and my desktop looks great! The only
> > thing I see is an occasional line of text that displays wrong. For
> > instance, one of the icons on the desktop looks like someone took a
> > marker and scribbled all over the icon label, but it went away as soon
> > as I clicked on the icon. I have also seen something similar on a web
> > page, where a couple of lines of text look like noise instead of
> > text. Scrolling made that come back to normal.
> Yes, that's http://bugs.debian.org/666468. Upgrading
> xserver-xorg-video-nouveau to the version in unstable might help, but
> note that you then need a kernel from unstable as well or lose
> acceleration, see http://bugs.debian.org/bug=679557.
> > This is still so much
> > less of an annoyance that I will live with it if need be. I have
> > included the contents of Xorg.0.log below. At least the Nouveau driver
> > is seen, and loaded/used?
> Yes, it is.
> > Now, I still only have one monitor displaying anything. The other
> > remains in power-saver mode. Anyone got a suggestion for that, or
> > should I start a new thread?
> You had best ask upstream about that. They use IRC as their main
> support and discussion medium, channel #nouveau on irc.freenode.net.
> The Nouveau Wiki at http://nouveau.freedesktop.org/wiki/ has some
> information about multicard setups as well, but it's down ATM.
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