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I just got a Dell Inspiron E1405, and after going through Windows set up madness, I immediately rebooted with a Kubuntu CD in my CD drive so I could get to dual-booting. Everything seemed fine, until it came time to start the GUI, and Kubuntu just hung. I've seen this on my other laptop before, when I misconfigure X. The Kubuntu progress bar just sits there, completed, but no GUI ever comes up. I tried editing my xorg.conf file, but everything seems to be in order, and I'm not sure what I should look for too find the problem.
I tried Ubuntu as well, and it didn't boot into the GUI either. Only FreeSpire RC1 has, but that didn't get my native resolution configured. Does anyone have any ideas as to what the problem might be?
The command worked out being "xserver-xorg", but that worked. I got my GUI up and installed Kubuntu. However, I cannot get the resolution to go higher than 1024x768, which is rather small on my 1440x900 notebook display. I've tried running through that command several more times, and using the KDE Control Center too configure my display, to no avail. the reconfigure command just puts me back at 1024x768, and the KDE Control Center configuration prevents X from working, until I run the reconfigure command. Any ideas?
GUI tools are all very well, but sometimes you'll have to use the command line to get exactly what you want.
You need to edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to tell it the resolution you want as default, and then restart X (by logging out and then back in) to get the resolution you want.
If you post your xorg.conf file here, I'm sure someone will help you with the necessary changes.