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Old 08-21-2015, 11:14 AM   #1
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Problem with resolution in Linux Mint 13 on Dell Inspiron 8600


After having installed LM 13 Maya, I have been doing what appear to be required tweaks to get everything running the way it should. I seem to continue having a problem with the screen resolution, however. I installed the 304.43 driver for my Nvidia GEForce card, it seemed to solve some of the problem, i.e., that I could now have it play a dvd at full screen instead of resigned to a tiny little window. However, the problem that persists is that the screen resolution is limited to 800x600, when I have found by going through the terminal that I should be able to have 1024x768 resolution, but presumably at 24bit, which I guess I am ok with. I have visited many sites trying to find a solution to this problem and fear that I may have inadvertently entered some code in the terminal that I didn't need to and it may have made the problem worse. I am throwing in the towel now because of having wasted so many hours on this, and I am hoping that one of you can assist me easier. Sorry to have admitted defeat, but I am wasting too much time on this.
 
Old 08-21-2015, 12:19 PM   #2
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Dangerous Dell Products!!

If you still have the boot disk from Dell, then I strongly encourage you to first rebuild with those disks and then maybe venture into partitioning your drive with a dual boot option for the Linux distro. It seemed that the only way Dell wanted to make money was getting between you and your money with conniving concept and hardware tricks.
 
Old 08-21-2015, 12:35 PM   #3
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I would suggest you look for a distro that will run 'live' at the correct resolution, then install it.

(This is what I usually recommend trying - http://antix.mepis.com/index.php?title=Main_Page)
 
Old 08-21-2015, 12:35 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice Fortitude, but what you are suggesting sounds like some major hoop jumping. It seems that you really dislike Dell for some reason. I'm not all about redoing a lot of anything at this point, except some code in the terminal, because I think that is what I messed up. I see you are a Linux newbie too, so with all due respect, do you actually know anything about the Nvidia driver use with LM 13? When I first installed the OS, I had greater resolution. While trying to tweak that vis-a-vis trying to find what I thought was the correct driver and entering code in the terminal, I fixed one problem, but seem to have created another, so something went wrong somewhere. I think I need to back up now, hopefully to where I began, and start over and enter the correct code for acquiring the correct driver this time. I don't think I need to do anything with the partition, but if anyone disagrees with me, please let me know. Thanks.
 
Old 08-21-2015, 01:00 PM   #5
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I would suggest you look for a distro that will run 'live' at the correct resolution, then install it.

(This is what I usually recommend trying - http://antix.mepis.com/index.php?title=Main_Page)
I wish I had known that back when I was originally looking for the right Linux OS to try. A lot of people were suggesting Linux Mint 13, so I went with it, not knowing any better. All in all, I haven't had a lot of problems with it. I had what apparently is the usual wifi problem, but I fixed that. Then I had problems with the Nvidia graphics card, which apparently is another usual problem, so I set about trying to fix that. What I found online was that I needed the 304.43 driver, which I installed. It seemed to fix the problem with playing a dvd, but its solution was to limit my screen resolution to 800x600 instead of giving me full screen resolution at 1024x768, which is what I think I started with. I have been messing around with this for the past two weeks or so, and I have been wondering if LM 13 was the right choice, and from what I've read, a good choice seems to be Lubuntu, but I'm not sure what version. Lubuntu is recommended for the Dell Inspiron 8600. It has seemed to me though, that I was almost on the right track with selecting the 304.43 driver, I just needed to tweak that a little to get the resolution I wanted without compromising anything else. But, if the best solution is to start completely over because I chose the wrong OS to begin with, then maybe that is what I need to do. I had hoped there was an easier solution to this problem.
 
Old 08-21-2015, 01:11 PM   #6
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Does this seem like the specs for your pc? Can you elaborate on them further? This will help us recommend something more suited to the hardware.
 
Old 08-21-2015, 02:34 PM   #7
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Install arandr(GUI frontend to xrandr). If you can see supported resolutions in console then you can change them with arandr.
 
Old 08-21-2015, 02:46 PM   #8
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Does this seem like the specs for your pc? Can you elaborate on them further? This will help us recommend something more suited to the hardware.
All of that looks correct, jkirchner. Here is the basic information as pulled through the terminal with inxi:
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$ inxi -F
System: Host: Kernel: 3.2.0-23-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: Xfce 4.10.0 Distro: Linux Mint 13 Maya
Machine: System: Dell (portable) product: Inspiron 8600
Mobo: Dell model: 0P3490 Bios: Dell version: A14 date: 06/30/2005
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium M (-UP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (sse sse2) clocked at 600.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA NV34M [GeForce FX Go5200 64M]
X.Org: 1.11.3 drivers: vesa,nouveau (unloaded: fbdev) FAILED: nvidia Resolution: 800x600@0.0hz
GLX Renderer: N/A GLX Version: N/A
Audio: Card: Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller driver: snd_intel8x0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: 1.0.24
Network: Card-1: Broadcom BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller driver: b43-pci-bridge
IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 00:90:4b:66:4c:3e
Card-2: Broadcom BCM4401 100Base-T driver: b44
IF: eth0 state: down mac: 00:0d:56:b2:a8:3b
Drives: HDD Total Size: 60.0GB (12.0% used) 1: /dev/sda SAMSUNG_HM060HC 60.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 54G used: 6.7G (14%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 2.15GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 41.5C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 133 Uptime: 4:03 Memory: 514.4/2013.3MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.7.33

Is there any additional information I can provide? By virtue of "Failed" showing in the Graphics header, there appears to be something wrong with that, which probably explains my problems.
 
Old 08-21-2015, 02:53 PM   #9
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Have you seen this "http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/877"?
 
Old 08-21-2015, 04:28 PM   #10
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Have you seen this "http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/877"?
I had seen that earlier today in my searches, at the Ubuntu site, I think. For some reason, it seemed more confusing than it did on the Linux Mint site page. Anyway, I tried what it suggested and it pretty much fried the graphics. I'm done with trying this or that with this driver for now. The install disk is whirring away in the drive, reinstalling the Linux Mint 13 OS. When it is done, I will at least be back where I was about 2-3 weeks ago. I'll quickly be able to fix the wifi, then it is back to trying to figure out the graphics driver again, but at least this time, it will be with a different configuration. So when it is finished installing, I'll be back here to post the inxi data again and hopefully somehow can look at that and advise me which way to go. Based on all the research I did, it seemed that I needed the 304.43 driver for the Nvidia graphics. I didn't see anything else that advised otherwise for my situation, but if anyone disagrees with that, please let me know. There were a couple of things I did after installing that driver in an attempt to fix the resolution, and it seemed to just get worse, leading to where I am now.

Ok, finished the reformat and have all the screen resolutions back that I should. However, I tried changing the resolution using the display settings to something more to my liking, which seemed to work fine. When I closed the display manager, I tried right clicking on the screen and the screen sort of seemed to lock up. Then I got a weird looking bluish-black screen like I did earlier when I fried the display with the things I did from the Linux Mint site. I am trying to reinstall again. If I get the same result again, I won't have a clue as to what is going on, and hope I didn't somehow fry the computer for good.
 
Old 08-21-2015, 04:59 PM   #11
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Update to my last reply

Something is seriously wrong with the computer now after having done the last commands from the Linux Mint site. I reinstalled the OS, but apps won't start and ultimately the screen goes to the bluish-black screen that looks like something is really wrong. I can get to the console mode, however. Is there a way from here that I can undo what I did before, or enter new commands that will overwrite what I did?
 
Old 08-21-2015, 06:44 PM   #12
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Something is seriously wrong with the computer now after having done the last commands from the Linux Mint site. I reinstalled the OS, but apps won't start and ultimately the screen goes to the bluish-black screen that looks like something is really wrong. I can get to the console mode, however. Is there a way from here that I can undo what I did before, or enter new commands that will overwrite what I did?
Ok, I was stupid with what I did. But since I screwed up xorg.conf file, I think I may have fixed in the command mode. I tried to reconfigure the xorg.conf and I think I was successful because when I rebooted, everything came back looking like it did before I screwed it up. The funny thing is that I actually fixed the resolution in the process because it now shows up in the display manager at the resolution I wanted. Unfortunately I don't have all the other possible resolutions that I should have with this computer, but I am happy I at least was able to do this. If anyone can advise me about how to get all the other screen resolutions I should have for this computer, I'd appreciate the help, but I am too nervous to try this again myself with what I did. I got lucky and got everything back.
 
  


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