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Old 05-03-2006, 03:06 PM   #1
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Part of screen cut off


After installing Ubuntu 5.10 I noticed that a 5-8 pixel wide strip is cut off on both sides of the screen. Nothing serious, but nevertheless annoying! I already tried changing the resolution and tampering with the screen width settings in my monitor's OSD, but to no avail. Btw, I have got a TFT LCD display. Before installing Ubuntu I was using openSUSE 10 (KDE) without problems. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-03-2006, 03:12 PM   #2
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open up a terminal and type

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
yourpassword

and follow instructions
 
Old 05-03-2006, 04:43 PM   #3
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I did that and screwed up everything, i.e. gdm did not start. As the xserver log said something about "framebuffer", I disabled the corresponding setting (without knowing what exactly it means) and everything was as before. Phew. I remembered that I had not installed the nvidia-drivers yet, so I did that and the margin was gone! When I maximize a window, however, the (by default brown) window frame is not visible - is this normal? I guess yes (?). Btw, do you know a newbie-friendly guide that would help me understand the settings that I made with dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg?
 
Old 05-03-2006, 04:49 PM   #4
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ok i was a bit of a noob to tell u to do that before backing up sorry.

basically dpkg-reconfigure is a program that is part of debian's package management system afaik (and ubuntu is part of debain), and it reconfigures a "package" for you, which in this case is "xserver-xorg" which is the program that handles windows and graphics in most unix systems.

specifically, this command is a way of automatically generating the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf

that file is the xorg configuration file, and it tells xorg everything it wants to know about your computer's hardware. you can manually edit it too, which is somtimes useful. i should have told you to back it up first tho.

sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup

that command would make a copy of the xorg.conf file and it would be called xorg.conf.backup
 
Old 05-03-2006, 06:49 PM   #5
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OK, thanks! I'm already delving into the depths of my xorg.conf to get my TV-out working - but this time with backup
 
  


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