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Old 02-05-2006, 08:24 PM   #1
kilikk
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640x480!


My friends Dell laptop (inspiron 2600) is having alot of problems....

His original copy of windows completely shot out and doesn't work. So I offered to put linux on it. It worked great and he was moderately pleased. I booted up fedora and it said that it found some new hardware while booting and that it wanted to configure it. I said ok. It was something video realated.

Well, it continued to boot up, and when I logged in, it was in 800x600 resolution (not stretched out, it was small in the middle of the screen). I was like, "uh oh." So I restarted it and now its stuck in 640x480!! (stretched out)
The same thing happened when we tried to reinstall Windows on his computer.

Know what the problem is?

-Clark
 
Old 02-05-2006, 10:39 PM   #2
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ok, its stuck back at 800x600 not stretched, in the middle of the screen with black around the sides.
 
Old 02-05-2006, 11:15 PM   #3
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This is when your in X? Maybe you need to look up some specific modlines for that graphics card/lcd display that that laptop has. That's what was wrong with my old Acer laptop when I first installed linux on it... it was stuck at 640x480 until I supplied the correct modlines to enable it to go to 800x600 correctly. CRT's dont really care that much about modlines normally I dont think, but alotta times LCD's are picky about it. You have to set the modlines in /etc/X11/xorg.conf, but normally on a stock xorg.conf they dont appaer there... read the man pages to learn where to put them.
 
Old 02-06-2006, 06:22 AM   #4
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'kay, i'll check that out..
 
  


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