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Old 10-17-2012, 01:11 PM   #1
ally_pie
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Screen suddenly too big for monitor


Hello,

I was running Linux Mint Lisa (11?, can't remember if 32 or 64-bit) live from an SD card on a Toshiba NB305 netbook with a damaged HD. Things were working regularly up until a few weeks ago when I started up the computer and noticed that the computer screen contents run over the monitor (past the right and bottom of the screen). Only the top-left quarter(?) of the screen is visible. This occurs from start-up, even on the Toshiba splash screen. Once Linux comes up, the icons are the same size, just the desktop is very large. I did not change the resolution (and checked that it's the same) and thought I may have inadvertently switched screen (to projection mode or something), so tried Fn F5, but this didn't work (as a side note, some of the other Fn combinations have switched, specifically the brightness adjustments F6 and F7 have swapped functions). I also tried Ctrl+ and Ctrl- but there is no response. Now I think it's a mismatch between the virtual screen size and the real screen size.

I thought that since this was a live version of Linux not changes were saved so maybe this is a hardware problem. I went into the system setup and checked display. It's on auto and I tried to change it to the other option (I can't recall what that's called now) but nothing changed. The other thing I noticed is that there is a bit of visible static in lines across the right area of the monitor, although this is variable. Sometimes text is not legible.

A few days ago I installed the new Mint 13 (Maya, 32-bit) on a thumbdrive. The problem is still the same although the screen is static-free and clear. I tried to get some information in the Terminal and here is what I've got:


lspci yields:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation N10 Family DMI Bridge
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation NM10 Family LPC Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA Controller [IDE mode] (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 02)
07:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)



xrandr yields:

Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1280 x 1024, maximum 4096 x 4096
LVDS1 connected 1280x1024+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
1280x1024 59.7*+
1280x960 60.0
1152x864 60.0
1024x768 60.0
800x600 60.3 56.2
640x480 59.9
VGA1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)


After a thorough searching, I now think that the file which would help me (XF86Config) does not exist in Mint 13. The closest I found is in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe

[ 14700.348]
X.Org X Server 1.11.3
Release Date: 2011-12-16
[ 14700.348] X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
[ 14700.348] Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.24-29-server i686 Ubuntu
[ 14700.348] Current Operating System: Linux storm 3.2.0-23-generic #36-Ubuntu SMP Tue Apr 10 20:39:51 UTC 2012 x86_64
[ 14700.361] Build Date: 04 April 2012 11:58:38PM
[ 14700.361] xorg-server 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu10 (For technical support please see http://www.ubuntu.com/support)
[ 14700.361] Current version of pixman: 0.24.4
[ 14700.361] Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
to make sure that you have the latest version.
[ 14700.361] Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
[ 14700.361] (++) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.failsafe.log", Time: Thu May 3 17:58:21 2012
[ 14700.361] (++) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe"
[ 14700.361] (==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"
[ 14700.361] (==) No Layout section. Using the first Screen section.
[ 14700.361] (**) |-->Screen "Default Screen" (0)
[ 14700.361] (**) | |-->Monitor "Configured Monitor"
[ 14700.361] (**) | |-->Device "Configured Video Device"
[ 14700.361] (==) Automatically adding devices
[ 14700.361] (==) Automatically enabling devices
[ 14700.361] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist.
[ 14700.361] Entry deleted from font path.
[ 14700.361] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/" does not exist.
[ 14700.361] Entry deleted from font path.
[ 14700.361] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/" does not exist.
[ 14700.361] Entry deleted from font path.
[ 14700.361] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi" does not exist.
[ 14700.361] Entry deleted from font path.
[ 14700.361] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi" does not exist.
[ 14700.361] Entry deleted from font path.
[ 14700.361] (WW) The directory "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType" does not exist.
[ 14700.361] Entry deleted from font path.
[ 14700.361] (==) FontPath set to:
/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc,
/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1,
built-ins
[ 14700.361] (==) ModulePath set to "/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/xorg/extra-modules,/usr/lib/xorg/extra-modules,/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
[ 14700.361] (II) The server relies on udev to provide the list of input devices.
If no devices become available, reconfigure udev or disable AutoAddDevices.
[ 14700.361] (II) Loader magic: 0xf77365a0
[ 14700.361] (II) Module ABI versions:
[ 14700.361] X.Org ANSI C Emulation: 0.4
[ 14700.361] X.Org Video Driver: 11.0
[ 14700.361] X.Org XInput driver : 16.0
[ 14700.361] X.Org Server Extension : 6.0
[ 14700.362] (WW) Open ACPI failed (/var/run/acpid.socket) (No such file or directory)
[ 14700.362] (II) LoadModule: "extmod"
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libextmod.so
[ 14700.362] (II) Module extmod: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[ 14700.362] compiled for 1.11.3, module version = 1.0.0
[ 14700.362] Module class: X.Org Server Extension
[ 14700.362] ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 6.0
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading extension XFree86-VidModeExtension
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading extension XFree86-DGA
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading extension DPMS
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading extension XVideo
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading extension XVideo-MotionCompensation
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading extension X-Resource
[ 14700.362] (II) LoadModule: "dbe"
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libdbe.so
[ 14700.362] (II) Module dbe: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[ 14700.362] compiled for 1.11.3, module version = 1.0.0
[ 14700.362] Module class: X.Org Server Extension
[ 14700.362] ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 6.0
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading extension DOUBLE-BUFFER
[ 14700.362] (II) LoadModule: "glx"
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libglx.so
[ 14700.362] (II) Module glx: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[ 14700.362] compiled for 1.11.3, module version = 1.0.0
[ 14700.362] ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 6.0
[ 14700.362] (==) AIGLX enabled
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading extension GLX
[ 14700.362] (II) LoadModule: "record"
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/librecord.so
[ 14700.362] (II) Module record: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[ 14700.362] compiled for 1.11.3, module version = 1.13.0
[ 14700.362] Module class: X.Org Server Extension
[ 14700.362] ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 6.0
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading extension RECORD
[ 14700.362] (II) LoadModule: "dri"
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libdri.so
[ 14700.362] (II) Module dri: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[ 14700.362] compiled for 1.11.3, module version = 1.0.0
[ 14700.362] ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 6.0
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading extension XFree86-DRI
[ 14700.362] (II) LoadModule: "dri2"
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libdri2.so
[ 14700.362] (II) Module dri2: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[ 14700.362] compiled for 1.11.3, module version = 1.2.0
[ 14700.362] ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 6.0
[ 14700.362] (II) Loading extension DRI2
[ 14700.362] (II) LoadModule: "vesa"
[ 14700.363] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vesa_drv.so
[ 14700.363] (II) Module vesa: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[ 14700.363] compiled for 1.11.3, module version = 2.3.0
[ 14700.363] Module class: X.Org Video Driver
[ 14700.363] ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 11.0
[ 14700.363] (II) VESA: driver for VESA chipsets: vesa
[ 14700.363] (--) using VT number 2

[ 14700.363] (WW) Falling back to old probe method for vesa
[ 14700.363] (EE) No devices detected.
[ 14700.363] (==) Matched vesa as autoconfigured driver 0
[ 14700.363] (==) Matched fbdev as autoconfigured driver 1
[ 14700.363] (==) Assigned the driver to the xf86ConfigLayout
[ 14700.363] (II) LoadModule: "vesa"
[ 14700.363] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vesa_drv.so
[ 14700.363] (II) Module vesa: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[ 14700.363] compiled for 1.11.3, module version = 2.3.0
[ 14700.363] Module class: X.Org Video Driver
[ 14700.363] ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 11.0
[ 14700.363] (II) UnloadModule: "vesa"
[ 14700.363] (II) Unloading vesa
[ 14700.363] (II) Failed to load module "vesa" (already loaded, -143666933)
[ 14700.363] (II) LoadModule: "fbdev"
[ 14700.364] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fbdev_drv.so
[ 14700.364] (II) Module fbdev: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[ 14700.364] compiled for 1.11.3, module version = 0.4.2
[ 14700.364] ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 11.0
[ 14700.364] (II) VESA: driver for VESA chipsets: vesa
[ 14700.364] (II) FBDEV: driver for framebuffer: fbdev
[ 14700.364] (++) using VT number 2

[ 14700.364] (WW) xf86OpenConsole: setpgid failed: Operation not permitted
[ 14700.364] (WW) xf86OpenConsole: setsid failed: Operation not permitted
[ 14700.364] (WW) Falling back to old probe method for vesa
[ 14700.364] (WW) Falling back to old probe method for fbdev
[ 14700.364] (II) Loading sub module "fbdevhw"
[ 14700.364] (II) LoadModule: "fbdevhw"
[ 14700.364] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/libfbdevhw.so
[ 14700.364] (II) Module fbdevhw: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[ 14700.364] compiled for 1.11.3, module version = 0.0.2
[ 14700.364] ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 11.0
[ 14700.364] (EE) open /dev/fb0: No such file or directory
[ 14700.364] (EE) No devices detected.
[ 14700.364]
Fatal server error:
[ 14700.364] no screens found
[ 14700.364]
Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support
at http://wiki.x.org
for help.
[ 14700.364] Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.failsafe.log" for additional information.
[ 14700.364]
[ 14700.449] ddxSigGiveUp: Closing log
[ 14700.449] Server terminated with error (1). Closing log file.


Any help would be appreciated. For anyone who may have a solution, I can follow clear instructions but am unfortunately not experienced enough to do coding without help. Aleksandra.
 
Old 10-17-2012, 01:24 PM   #2
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From 'man xorg.conf' one of the sections takes a 'virtual' setting

Vitrual 1024 769

for a 1024x768. This sets the size of the screen. It seems like either

1. Some hardware fault, and it may continue to spread, or
2. Some software fault (=disk errors) which is also unpredictable.

It sounds threatening.
 
Old 10-17-2012, 01:37 PM   #3
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You can try;
getting to the tty console,... Alt-Ctrl-F1, etc...

...login with username and password ,... Then...
sudo xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1024x768

If that doesn't work use VGA1 in place of LVDS1...

Mint, Ubuntu, etc. haven't used defined xorg.conf files in quite a while... X11 setup is done on the fly, unless you force the system to use an xorg.conf file... for which creating one, that works well, is an art in and of itself...

I am guessing that you inadvertently switched to VGA output on the original installation.

Last edited by JaseP; 10-17-2012 at 01:47 PM.
 
  


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