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Old 12-05-2004, 02:45 PM   #1
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linux wont fit over my whole screen


Hi. I have a sony vaio vgn-s260 laptop.. got slackware on it but it wont utilize my whole screen.. my laptop is one of the ones with the wide screen... it has a mbility radeon 9200.. how do i get it to use the whole screen instead of black borders? thanks a lot.
 
Old 12-05-2004, 03:42 PM   #2
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There should be a "screen" section containing "display" subsections for various color depths in your X configuration file, and unless I'm mistaken you can specify a string of resolutions per color depth with the "Modes" field.
example:
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        Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
Change the resolutions to match your screen.
Hopefully superfluous advise: be sure to back up your existing configuration.

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Old 12-05-2004, 04:47 PM   #3
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thanks i would try that.. only if i knew where the x configuration file is.. sorry i am a noob.
 
Old 12-05-2004, 06:25 PM   #4
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Try /etc/X11/xorg.conf
 
Old 12-05-2004, 07:46 PM   #5
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i am pretty sure this will be a dumb question but how do i select it after I edit the xorg.conf file
 
Old 12-06-2004, 07:15 AM   #6
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After you edit the file you need to restart X, I would go into runlevel 3 and try "startx" before making any permanent changes. If you added the modes line at the appropriate place (i.e. at the display subsection with the default color depth) I think it should work. LCD screens usually work great at only one resolution, so I don't think it's necessary to specify more than one.
So for a widescreen the section might look something like this (replace the resolution with your own):
Code:
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       32
        Modes "1280x800"
    EndSubsection
If your default depth is 32, then I think that will work the next time the X server is started.

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