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Old 08-27-2006, 05:10 AM   #1
Sister_Clamp
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Screen resolution: Debian Sarge + Compaq Evo N610c laptop


Hi all--
I am having major problems with the screen resolution on my Compaq laptop. I've read other fora but still can't seem to get it to work.
Have played around with the "Monitor" section in XF86Config-4 till it now looks like a dog's breakfast!...

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Generic LCD 1400x900"
# Identifier "Generic Monitor"
DisplaySize 379 304
HorizSync 30-60
VertRefresh 50-75
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

To cross-ref debug, have tried running "xdpyinfo" but get the following:

xdpyinfo: unable to open display "".

Have looked at the X server output but no clues beyond some initial licence information.

Don't know where to turn next! H-E-L-P!!!

Last edited by Sister_Clamp; 08-27-2006 at 05:17 AM.
 
Old 08-27-2006, 08:53 AM   #2
chrisortiz
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what video card do you have and what driver is xorg using. (can be found by
"lspci | grep vga" and under "Section "Device"" of your xorg.conf file.
 
Old 08-27-2006, 05:36 PM   #3
Sister_Clamp
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The section in XF86Config-4 is most unhelpful. It just says:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Generic Video Card"
Driver "vesa"
EndSection

But, just to prove what an idiot I was, I didn't scroll down far enough on the X server log. This is what I saw when I did:

Skipping "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libGLcore.a: m_debug_clip.o": No symbols found

This message is repeated for the following files:
* m_debug_norm.o
* m_debug_xform.o
* m_degug_vertex.o
* spencode.o

I tried "lspci | grep vga". Output was blank.

** ADDITIONAL **

Found and looked through /var/log/XFree86.0.log. Found reference to:

(II) VESA(0): SAMSUNG
(II) VESA(0): LTN141XC-L01

Also, further down the log:

(II) VESA(0): Generic Monitor: Using hsync range of 30.00-60.00kHz
(II) VESA(0): Generic Monitor: Using vrefresh range of 50.00-75.00 Hz
(II) VESA(0): Not using built-in mode "1024x768" (width too large for virtual size)
...
<near the end>
(II) VESA(0): VBESetVBEMode failed...Tried again without customized values.
...
<Cannot open /dev/input/mice...because I didn't configure a mouse yet>
...
Fatal server error:
failed to initialize core devices

** ADDITIONAL ADDITIONAL **

After seeing that the only (EE) errors from the logs were associated with a mouse, I plugged in a generic 3-button mouse.

Can you believe IT WORKS now! After one zigzag screen, I'm now getting the GDM GUI on my laptop. Thanks for letting me vent on this forum!

Last edited by Sister_Clamp; 08-27-2006 at 11:57 PM.
 
Old 08-29-2006, 08:44 PM   #4
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Quote:
I tried "lspci | grep vga". Output was blank.
sorry i ment
Code:
lspci |grep VGA


I'm glad you got it up and running.

Last edited by chrisortiz; 08-29-2006 at 08:45 PM.
 
  


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