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Old 08-25-2005, 07:14 AM   #1
Kunmar
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Suse 9.3: Setting correct screen resolution for Dell Inspiron 6000 with WSXGA


Hi,

I just bought a new Dell Inspiron 6000 with a 15.4 WSXGA display and Intels 910 graphics chipset. When I installed Suse 9.3 everything seemed to work fine until I had to set the monitor details. I first tried LCD 1680x1050, 15.4 inches and 16/10 aspect ratio but when testing the new setting the screen stayed black at least for a minute until I pushed Ctrl+Alt+Backspace.

Then I tried some Dell laptop resolutions with the same results until I came to the "Dell 1600x Laptop Display" setting. After pushing Ctrl+Alt+Backspace the screen got totally corupted and repushing Ctrl+Alt+Backspace didn't change anything. From what I could see on the screen it seemed like Suse eventually finished the installation and went to the login-screen (don't ask me how this could happen).

Suprisingly everything seems to work after rebooting (I got a correct screen, though with a low resolution and could log in). Yast/SaX2 tells me that a VESA 800x600 monitor is installed and asks me to set the correct display size manually but whatever screen type, size, resolution or color depth I try I just get the black screen as soon as I have to test my settings.

Has someone an idea how to set the monitor details correctly?

PS: I am a newbie especially when it comes to hardware configuration under linux so I just used Yast/SaX2 to configure everything. While searching the net I read something about modifying /etc/X11/xorg.conf but I don't know which values I will have to change.

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Old 08-28-2005, 05:38 AM   #2
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Hello,

Don't have answer to your question. sorry.

Planning to buy dell inspiron 6000 and dual boot with SuSe 9.3.

Just have questions on driver compatibility issues apart from the one stated.

Your inspiron specs would be helpful.

-jan
 
Old 08-28-2005, 06:40 AM   #3
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Specs of the laptops are:
Pentium M 1.73GHz
512 MB Ram
IntelChipset with shared memory graphic card (i910)
15.4 inch screen with WSXGA screen resolution

So far, I could at least get a screen resolution of 1280x1024 in VESA mode by modifying xorg.conf but I still don't get the Intel driver running. The latest kernel is installed hence I assume the latest Intel driver is running as well, but I will check and post again, if I can make any progress.
 
Old 09-09-2005, 09:03 PM   #4
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Kunmar,

Can you tell me what modifications you made to your xorg.conf file to get 1280x1024.

I'm having the same problems on my Inspiron, can't get past the 800x600 resolution.

Thanks
 
Old 09-09-2005, 10:10 PM   #5
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Hi,
I just set up an Inspiron 6000 out of the box with Fedora Core 4. The Intel (www.intel.com) has a Linux driver for the 910/915 chipset. It is compatible with a number of distros, yours may be among them. Mine, unfortunately, is not. I'm too new to Linux to know if the drivers can be compiled for my distro.
Intel also has Linux drivers for the IPW2200 wireless card, and fortunately they work.

Hope this helps!!
 
Old 09-09-2005, 11:14 PM   #6
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When I used Sax I ended up with a 1024x786 display which isn't what I wanted. I used the "gtf" program to generate a modeline at the native resolution of my Laptop and removed the other resolutions. The gtf program is a part of X so you should have it. The syntax is:
gtf <horizontal rez> <vertical rez> <refresh rate> -x

For example: gtf 1280 1024 60 -x

I hope this helps.
 
Old 09-10-2005, 04:06 PM   #7
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Well I finally solved this problem, at least as far as my Dell is concerned. Found the solution on the Dell Linux forum

http://forums.us.dell.com/supportfor...d=299753#M6560

" There's a black screen problem with XOrg/XFree86 and Inspiron 6000 BIOS revisions higher than A05. If your I6000's BIOS is A06 or higher you have to revert to A05. This bios is no longer available into Dell's ftp site, so you've to search around the web.

Here I've a Link:

http://spazioinwind.libero.it/mechano/I6000A05.exe"

My Inspiron did ship with the A06 BIOS. I dropped down the the A05 (Not recommended by Dell) and was able to switch to 1280x800 resolution.

Works Great!

wp
 
Old 09-11-2005, 09:16 AM   #8
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@wport:
I added the following lines to xorg.conf:

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor[i810]
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
#Modes "1680x1050" Screen stays black when I remove the comment tag
Modes "1280x1024"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1680x1050"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1680x1050"
EndSubSection
Device "Device[i810]
Identifier "Screen[i810]
Monitor "Monitor[i810]
EndSection

Section "Device"
Drive "vesa"
Identifier "Device[i810]
BusID "PCI:0:2:0"
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
# Standart InputDevices for Mouse and Keyboard
Screen "Screen[i810]"
EndSection


I tried to add the modline but again, screen stayed black. I also had a look at the bios, but mine is already at version A08 and I don't want to risk bigger problems by downgrading it, hence I will probably wait for the next IntelDriver and try again...
 
  


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