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Old 06-20-2004, 09:38 AM   #1
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Fedora C2 + Dell Inspiron 8500 1920x1200 resolution


Hi,

I'm having trouble setting X for a 1920x1200 resolution. I've tryed many things, which end always in a non-responsive black screen after running "startx"...

I have a nVidia Geforce4 4200 Go

I'm using Fedora Core 2. The update program updated the kernel 3 times, so I have 2.6.6-1.435, 2.6.6-1.427 and 2.6.5-1.358 and currently using the latest one. I installed nVidia drivers (v53.36) with the first kernel, then updated to the second, and then the third kernel. I tryed re-runing the driver installation since I though it was kernel dependent. I get a message from the installer:
Quote:
Originally Posted by nvidia-installer.log
WARNING: Your driver installation has been altered since it was initially
installed; this may happen, for example, if you have since installed
the NVIDIA driver through a mechanism other than the nvidia-installer
(such as rpm or with the NVIDIA tarballs). The nvidia-installer will
attempt to uninstall as best it can. Please see the file
'/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details.
After this I try to modify the xorg.conf file as told by the readme, X won't load: I get a black screen with nothing (not even the "X" mouse cursor). The computer is not responsive after this and I have to shut it down manually with the power button...

Here is my xorg.conf file:
Code:
# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
	Identifier     "single head configuration"
	Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
	InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
	InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"

# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database.  Note, this is the name of the 
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db").  There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
	RgbPath      "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
	FontPath     "unix/:7100"
EndSection

Section "Module"
	Load  "dbe"
	Load  "extmod"
	Load  "fbdevhw"
	Load  "glx"
	Load  "record"
	Load  "freetype"
	Load  "type1"
	#Load  "dri"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
#	Option	"Xleds"		"1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
#	Option	"XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults).  For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
#	Option	"XkbModel"	"pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
#	Option	"XkbModel"	"microsoft"
#
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
#	Option	"XkbLayout"	"de"
# or:
#	Option	"XkbLayout"	"de"
#	Option	"XkbVariant"	"nodeadkeys"
#
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
#	Option	"XkbOptions"	"ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
#	Option	"XkbOptions"	"ctrl:nocaps"
#
	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver      "keyboard"
	Option	    "XkbModel" "pc105"
	Option	    "XkbLayout" "ca_enhanced"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Mouse0"
	Driver      "mouse"
	Option	    "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
	Option	    "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
	Option	    "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
	Option	    "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier   "Monitor0"
	VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
	ModelName    "LCD Panel 1920x1200"
	HorizSync    31.5 - 90.0
	VertRefresh  60.0 - 60.0
	UseModes    "16:10"
	Option	    "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
	Identifier  "Videocard0"
	Driver      "nvidia"
	VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
	BoardName   "NVIDIA GeForce 4 (generic)"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
	Identifier "Screen0"
	Device     "Videocard0"
	Monitor    "Monitor0"
	DefaultDepth     16
	SubSection "Display"
		Viewport   0 0
		Depth     16
		Modes    "1920x1200" "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
	EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
	Group        0
	Mode         0666
EndSection

Section "Modes"
        Identifier "16:10"
        # 1280x800 @ 75.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 62.62 kHz; pclk: 107.21 MHz
        Modeline "1280x800"  107.21  1280 1360 1496 1712  800 801 804 835
        # 1280x800 @ 85.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 71.40 kHz; pclk: 123.38 MHz
        Modeline "1280x800"  123.38  1280 1368 1504 1728  800 801 804 840
        # 1280x800 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 84.80 kHz; pclk: 147.89 MHz
        Modeline "1280x800"  147.89  1280 1376 1512 1744  800 801 804 848
        # 1680x1050 @ 60.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 65.22 kHz; pclk: 147.14 MHz
        Modeline "1680x1050"  147.14  1680 1784 1968 2256  1050 1051 1054 1087
        # 1680x1050 @ 75.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 82.20 kHz; pclk: 188.07 MHz
        Modeline "1680x1050"  188.07  1680 1800 1984 2288  1050 1051 1054 1096
        # 1680x1050 @ 85.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 93.76 kHz; pclk: 214.51 MHz
        Modeline "1680x1050"  214.51  1680 1800 1984 2288  1050 1051 1054 1103
        # 1680x1050 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 111.20 kHz; pclk: 256.20 MHz
        Modeline "1680x1050"  256.20  1680 1808 1992 2304  1050 1051 1054 1112
        # 1920x1200 @ 75.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 93.97 kHz; pclk: 246.59 MHz
        Modeline "1920x1200"  246.59  1920 2064 2272 2624  1200 1201 1204 1253
        # 1920x1200 @ 85.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 107.10 kHz; pclk: 282.74 MHz
        Modeline "1920x1200"  282.74  1920 2072 2280 2640  1200 1201 1204 1260
        # 1920x1200 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 127.10 kHz; pclk: 337.58 MHz
        Modeline "1920x1200"  337.58  1920 2072 2288 2656  1200 1201 1204 1271
EndSection
Thank you very much, I really appreciate.

big_gie
 
Old 06-21-2004, 08:06 AM   #2
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It seems like that your monitor is not properly configured. On the Monitor section, Model Name is "LCD Panel 1920x1200". Try changing your monitor, look for a "Dell LCD Panel 1920x1200".

Hope this helps.
 
Old 06-21-2004, 01:00 PM   #3
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Thank you saklay,

I've looked for a Dell 1920x1200 display but the only 1920x1200 I've found was the "LCD Panel 1920x1200" in the generic tab. Should I try the 1600x1200?
 
Old 06-21-2004, 05:44 PM   #4
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big_gie, you can definitely try that though I haven't tried that one yet. If this should work, I think the maximum resolution you can only have is 1600x1200. Should this not work, you can easily revert it back.

HTH.
 
Old 07-02-2004, 05:28 PM   #5
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I still wasnt able to set the appropriate resolution... And since I'm having some partition problems, I'll wipe FC2 and reinstall it. Hope I'll have more luck with this! Will post back if I find something...
 
Old 07-04-2004, 02:05 PM   #6
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I've wiped out the linux partitions, and reinstalled Mandrake 10.

Now I have a fully working laptop! wouhou!!

Here is my new XF86config-4 file:

Code:
# File generated by XFdrake.

# **********************************************************************
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **********************************************************************

Section "Files"
    # Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
    # By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
    # the X server to render fonts.
    FontPath "unix/:-1"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
    #DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
    #DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
    AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't work
EndSection

Section "Module"
    Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
    Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
    Load "extmod"
    Load "type1"
    Load "freetype"
    Load "glx" # 3D layer
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Keyboard1"
    Driver "Keyboard"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option "XkbLayout" "ca_enhanced"
    Option "XkbOptions" ""
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Mouse1"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
    Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier  "Dell WUXGA"
    VendorName   "Dell"
    ModelName    "Dell UltraSharp Wide Aspect WUXGA"
    HorizSync   28-110
    VertRefresh 43-90
    DisplaySize 344.5 222.5
    Option      "DPMS"
    Modeline    "1920x1200" 162 1920 1984 2176 2480 1200 1201 1204 1250 +hsync +vsync
    ModeLine     "1680x1050" 147.1 1680 1784 1968 2256 1050 1051 1054 1087
EndSection


Section "Device"
    #Identifier "device1"
    #Identifier "nVidia GeForce4 Go 4200"
    Identifier "gf4"
    VendorName "nVidia"
    BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4 (generic)"
    Driver "nvidia"
    Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
        Identifier  "Screen1"
        #Device      "nVidia Geforce4 4200 Go"
        Device      "gf4"
        Monitor     "Dell WUXGA"
        DefaultDepth 24

        Subsection "Display"
                Depth       24
                Modes       "1920x1200" "1680x1050"
        EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "layout1"
    InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
    Screen "Screen1"
EndSection
I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 with a nVidia Geforce4 4200 Go, a WUXGA 1920x1200 display.
Thanks
 
Old 07-17-2004, 11:52 PM   #7
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Hi,
This short message to thank you big_gie for your last post: I copied your "modeline" to my xorg.conf file (I'm using fc2) and it worked perfectly!

You saved me lots of time asking google for an answer...

jf
 
  


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