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Old 05-27-2009, 05:05 PM   #1
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Exclamation Uber newbie question (my first 5 minutes with Ubuntu) screen resolution?


Hi

This is a total uber newbie question, I just recently installed ubuntu 9.04 on parallels on my 13 inch macbook. I discovered that my screen resolution is too small (currently on 1024 x 768), my native screen resolution is 1280 x 800. How do I change the resolution?

And please, before you link me up to some other thread, I did google it, and found a couple of threads, but the answers people gave I just don't get. I need total newbie instructions. Don't say stuff like 'open the console'... no idea where that even is! Could you give me retard-friendly step-by-step instructions to change my screen resolution?

Thanks right now this resolution is driving me nuts.
 
Old 05-27-2009, 05:12 PM   #2
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Hi, and welcome to LQ!

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Originally Posted by FiveStepsAhead View Post
Could you give me retard-friendly step-by-step instructions to change my screen resolution?
lol. I guess we were all retards once.

Open the System menu, and select Preferences, then Screen Resolution.

You're there.

Cheers
 
Old 05-27-2009, 05:15 PM   #3
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If there's no option for 1280x800 then you might have to install some other graphics driver. What graphics card do you have?
You can check it by typing:
Quote:
lspci
in the terminal window (command line).
edit: it might actually be:
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/sbin/lspci
 
Old 05-27-2009, 05:25 PM   #4
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Hi, thanks for the prompt reply guys!

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If there's no option for 1280x800 then you might have to install some other graphics driver. What graphics card do you have?
You can check it by typing:

in the terminal window (command line).
edit: it might actually be:
The first piece of code you gave me did the trick. I got this

_____

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82P965/G965 Memory Controller Hub (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82G35 Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 02)
00:03.0 Class ff00: Device 1ab8:4000
00:05.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8029(AS)
00:0a.0 PCI bridge: Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21150
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev f2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HB/HR (ICH8/R) LPC Interface Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801BA IDE U100 Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.4 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Device 1ab8:4005
_____

... where is my graphics card listed? :P
Would downloading a driver update affect my mac operating system too, or only the linux one under parallels? It works fine on my mac right now..


@DRAGONSLAYER: I did what you said, but couldn't find the screen resolution option. I went under display already, but the largest resolution it'll let me pick is the one I already have, and it's too small.

I found this thread, which sounds really simple, but the trouble is that the terminal isn't letting me type or paste my password in. After I type in the code outlined here, it'll ask for my pw, but I can't type anything in! O__O
http://www.simplehelp.net/2007/04/30...lels-for-os-x/
Maybe if I could solve the password problem this would be an easier way to do it, it looks pretty straight forward.

hope this'll get resolved soon, so I can start enjoying Ubuntu I already updated it.
 
Old 05-27-2009, 05:33 PM   #5
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After I type in the code outlined here, it'll ask for my pw, but I can't type anything in!
If by this you mean that it does't show what you type. That's normal. When Unixlike machines (and MacOSX is a unixlike) ask for password in a "terminal window" they will usually not "echo" what you type to the screen, or even show "*"'s when you type. In short, you type the password, but you don't see what you type. Try typing the password anyway, and hit Enter. If you got the password right, it will continue on. Otherwise, it will ask you again, I think.

Last edited by nuwen52; 05-27-2009 at 05:34 PM.
 
Old 05-27-2009, 05:34 PM   #6
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This seems to be the one

Quote:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Device 1ab8:4005
To be honest with you, it doesn't tell me anything It must be some integrated card.
Can you try:
Code:
lspci -v | sed -n '/VGA/,/^$/p'
What's the model of your laptop?
 
Old 05-27-2009, 05:35 PM   #7
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Your password in the terminal is masked. It appears that you're not typing anything, but the system is still accepting it. Just type it and press enter.

EDIT: nuwen52 beat me on that one. Guess my fingers are getting too slow.

Last edited by DragonSlayer48DX; 05-27-2009 at 05:38 PM.
 
Old 05-27-2009, 05:42 PM   #8
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If by this you mean that it does't show what you type. That's normal. When Unixlike machines (and MacOSX is a unixlike) ask for password in a "terminal window" they will usually not "echo" what you type to the screen, or even show "*"'s when you type. In short, you type the password, but you don't see what you type. Try typing the password anyway, and hit Enter. If you got the password right, it will continue on. Otherwise, it will ask you again, I think.
Ah I see, thanks for clarifying! When I enter my password in os x it always shows up with black dots, so I wasn't used to this way, I thought it was broken

It worked, but instead of the screen I should be getting as shown in the guide, I'm getting this:
xserver-xorg postinst warning: overwriting possibly-customised configuration
file; backup in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.20090527223754


@DRAGONSLAYER: Thanks for all the help so far, my graphics card is NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
 
Old 05-27-2009, 05:49 PM   #9
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my graphics card is NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
You could install nvidia proprietary drivers:
http://www.unixmen.com/linux-tutoria...a-graphic-card
 
Old 05-27-2009, 05:55 PM   #10
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You could install nvidia proprietary drivers:
http://www.unixmen.com/linux-tutoria...a-graphic-card
Ok thanks for the link, so basically I have to re-install ubuntu? Will following the steps in the guide also have an effect on my mac operating system, or is whatever I download / set only for ubuntu?

And will this fix the issue, or is it only a possibility? Sorry if I'm asking so many questions, I'm just freaked of doing something wrong and screwing something up somehow xD

I'm also curious as to the message I got when I typed my password in, maybe I'll try to get that to work first, before I go for the re-install. I'll do the re-install (if it's still necessary by then) tomorrow, getting late today and I have an exam tomorrow in the morning >.>
 
Old 05-27-2009, 06:00 PM   #11
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Ok thanks for the link, so basically I have to re-install ubuntu? Will following the steps in the guide also have an effect on my mac operating system, or is whatever I download / set only for ubuntu?

And will this fix the issue, or is it only a possibility? Sorry if I'm asking so many questions, I'm just freaked of doing something wrong and screwing something up somehow xD
No, you don't need to reinstall the system. If you want to install the proprietary nvidia driver, follow the tutorial from step 2: II- Install your Nvidia graphic driver on ubuntu.
 
Old 05-27-2009, 06:04 PM   #12
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No, you don't need to reinstall the system. If you want to install the proprietary nvidia driver, follow the tutorial from step 2: II- Install your Nvidia graphic driver on ubuntu.
Ah alright. Done that, but it tells me there are no drivers available, and I'm facing two empty boxes, instead of what the guide shows me. I don't see any drivers listed anywhere.
 
Old 05-27-2009, 06:12 PM   #13
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You might want to check what repositories are enabled in your system.
Let's wait for an answer from someone who uses ubuntu 9.04.

edit: btw, it's weird that your nvidia card wasn't mentioned in the output of the lspci command.

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Old 05-27-2009, 06:32 PM   #14
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I haven't done Jaunty (9.04) yet, but I do have an 8400M GS on this Dell laptop. And it does show in the lspci and is recognised in the hardware drivers. Try this command instead, and post the output (you'll need your password again)
Code:
sudo lshw -C display
 
Old 05-28-2009, 01:51 AM   #15
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I haven't done Jaunty (9.04) yet, but I do have an 8400M GS on this Dell laptop. And it does show in the lspci and is recognised in the hardware drivers. Try this command instead, and post the output (you'll need your password again)
Code:
sudo lshw -C display
Hi

this is the output I got:

*-display UNCLAIMED
description: VGA compatible controller
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 66MHz
configuration: latency=0

Something tells me that isn't good..

EDIT: I forgot to mention this at first, but when I go to the display option, it tells me 'display unknown', don't know if that's normal. I clicked 'detect display', but nothing happened. Maybe that's why it's not letting me adjust to native resolution?

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