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Old 06-26-2005, 02:34 PM   #1
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dell inspiron 1100 display problems


Hi,

I've just installed ubuntu on my mum's dell inspiron 1100 and Xorg just displays at a screen resolution of 800 x 600 in the middle of the screen. I have upgraded to the A32 BIOS which I thought would fix the problem, knoppix now displays using the whole screen, but even after reinstalling ubuntu it still just displays in a small area in the middle.

Any ideas on how to fix it? (apart from installing gentoo)

Thanks
- Jessica
 
Old 06-26-2005, 02:56 PM   #2
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Re: dell inspiron 1100 display problems

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knoppix now displays using the whole screen, but even after reinstalling ubuntu it still just displays in a small area in the middle.

Any ideas on how to fix it? (apart from installing gentoo)

Thanks
- Jessica
Well, the quick-and-easy way (relatively) would be to boot up Knoppix again, and then look at the X config file it creates (it will be at /etc/X11/XF86Config-4). The important bits will be towards the bottom -- in the Display section, look for the driver (it might be 'radeon' or 'vesa'), and also the Screen resolution section below that. Now just edit your /etc/X11/Xorg.conf file so that it uses the same resolutions and screen drivers.

Note that you can actually edit your Ubuntu Xorg while running Knoppix -- just open up the file (after mounting the hard drive read/write -- the default is read only).

Cheers,

mj
 
Old 06-27-2005, 11:18 AM   #3
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Sweet! Thanks a bunch mjrich!

I copied the following lines:
Code:
HorizSync    28.0 - 96.0 # Warning: This may fry old Monitors
	VertRefresh  50.0 - 75.0 # Very conservative. May flicker.
from my knoppix /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 into my /etc/X11/xorg.conf and thereby fixed the problem.

Thanks again! :-)
- Jessica
 
Old 06-27-2005, 05:21 PM   #4
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No worries :)

Great to hear it worked !

Cheers,

mj
 
Old 03-02-2006, 12:35 PM   #5
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Add those lines to the Monitor section.
 
  


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