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finally bowing to pressure from those at work, i abandoned my purity and installed the closed nvidia drivers on my dell inspiron 8200. i'm running 2.6.0-test7, so i had to use the patch from minion.de, but that seemed to work okay. the problem i'm having is that now whenever load x, it's at a smaller resolution (1024x768) than it was using the vesa driver (which ran at 1600x1200). it seems to have done this of its own will, as i didn't change those sections of the /etc/x11/xf86config. it also seems logical that if it ran at 1600x1200 under vesa, it should definitely do it under nvidia. any ideas what's up? here are the relavent sections of my xf86config:
actually, that's another problem, come to think of it. since this is a laptop, it has no number pad, so the c-m-+/- never worked. i assume the keyboard is just mapped wrong, i just never had any reason to change it. anyone know what the right setting is for a dell (probably any laptop keyboard, for that matter)?
(the - and + on the number line at the top of the screen don't work; they shouldn't right?)
i can't imagine the modeline did anything to help, considering the modeline is for 1400x1050, while i'm running 1600x1200. the only thing that seems substantially different from my original section is that the screen size is provided. perhaps having that convinced the nvidia driver that it was ok to obey my Section "Screen". i honestly have no idea. anyway, this particular topic is solved, though i still can't cycle through resolutions, which i guess might be nice. i'll repost that if and when it becomes a problem. thanks for your help, guys.
you do have a number pad on your laptop.... use the Fn key (it will be between yout Ctrl and "Windows" key) in combanation with semi-colon (to get numb pad +) and P (to get num pad -)
so you can use
ctrl + alt + fn + ; (semi colon) and
ctrl + alt + fn + p
to rotate through your resolutions
im not that well versed in linux my self, i just installed redhat 9 on my inspiron 8100 and also got the nvidia driver installed properly.... i had resolutions up to 1920x1440 even with the default "nv" driver.... last time i installed redhat was version 4 ages ago, & it was quite a pain getting everything up.... but this was quite easy....
i have it currently running on 1600x1200 with the nvidia driver installed.... and can configure my resolutions, card driver, monitor etc using the redhat-config-xfree86, if your using a different distribution it would probably have something corresponding to it to manage the stuff around this area....