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Old 06-02-2008, 12:55 PM   #1
gimpy530
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Screen Distorted on Xubuntu


OK, so I got Xubuntu on my piece o crap laptop and now it is giving me issues. I first installed Hardy Heron but that made the screen distorted and unusable unless I booted into command line. So I decided to re-install with a older version of Xubuntu, and since Gusty always gave me issues during installs, I went with Fiesty. Yet Fiesty gives me the same distorted screen. Wierd thing is, I had Xubuntu on here once before and it did not have this issue. I have already tried forcing it to use VESA, but that didn't work, but then again no garuntee I was doing that correctly.


Windows is also on here, dual boot, and it is working fine.

Dell Latitude D600, ATI video card

So.....wtf?
 
Old 06-03-2008, 02:31 PM   #2
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If you can get onto the command line please could you post the contents of /etc/X11/xorg.conf and lspci command?
 
Old 06-03-2008, 04:59 PM   #3
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Sorry, it's a Dell Latitude C600


This is the default xorg.conf, no changes

Code:
# /etc/X11/xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf(5) manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
#   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "Files"

FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc"
FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic"
FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1"
FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi"
FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi"
# path to defoma fonts
FontPath	"/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load	"i2c"
Load	"bitmap"
Load	"ddc"
Load	"dri"
Load	"extmod"
Load	"freetype"
Load	"glx"
Load	"int10"
Load	"vbe"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier	"Generic Keyboard"
Driver		"kbd"
Option		"CoreKeyboard"
Option		"XkbRules"	"xorg"
Option		"XkbModel"	"pc105"
Option		"XkbLayout"	"us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier	"Configured Mouse"
Driver		"mouse"
Option		"CorePointer"
Option		"Device"		"/dev/input/mice"
Option		"Protocol"		"ImPS/2"
Option		"ZAxisMapping"		"4 5"
Option		"Emulate3Buttons"	"true"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier	"Synaptics Touchpad"
Driver		"synaptics"
Option		"SendCoreEvents"	"true"
Option		"Device"		"/dev/psaux"
Option		"Protocol"		"auto-dev"
Option		"HorizScrollDelta"	"0"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Driver		"wacom"
Identifier	"stylus"
Option		"Device"	"/dev/input/wacom"
Option		"Type"		"stylus"
Option		"ForceDevice"	"ISDV4"		# Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Driver		"wacom"
Identifier	"eraser"
Option		"Device"	"/dev/input/wacom"
Option		"Type"		"eraser"
Option		"ForceDevice"	"ISDV4"		# Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Driver		"wacom"
Identifier	"cursor"
Option		"Device"	"/dev/input/wacom"
Option		"Type"		"cursor"
Option		"ForceDevice"	"ISDV4"		# Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier	"ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility M3 AGP 2x"
Driver		"ati"
BusID		"PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier	"Generic Monitor"
Option		"DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier	"Default Screen"
Device		"ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility M3 AGP 2x"
Monitor		"Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth	24

SubSection "Display"
Depth		1
Modes		"1400x1050"
EndSubSection

SubSection "Display"
Depth		4
Modes		"1400x1050"
EndSubSection
	
SubSection "Display"

Depth		8
Modes		"1400x1050"
EndSubSection

SubSection "Display"
Depth		15
Modes		"1400x1050"
EndSubSection

SubSection "Display"
Depth		16
Modes		"1400x1050"
EndSubSection

SubSection "Display"
Depth		24
Modes		"1400x1050"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier	"Default Layout"
Screen		"Default Screen"
InputDevice	"Generic Keyboard"
InputDevice	"Configured Mouse"
InputDevice     "stylus"	"SendCoreEvents"
InputDevice     "cursor"	"SendCoreEvents"
InputDevice     "eraser"	"SendCoreEvents"
InputDevice	"Synaptics Touchpad"
EndSection

Section "DRI"
	
Mode	0666
EndSection
And now the lspci

Code:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03)
00:03.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1420
00:03.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1420
00:07.0 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 03)
00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: ESS Technology ES1983S Maestro-3i PCI Audio Accelerator (rev 10)
00:10.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility M3 AGP 2x (rev 02)
06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
 
Old 06-04-2008, 04:45 AM   #4
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Is the screen distorted as soon as the laptop boots i.e. on the boot screen or is it just when X starts?

(btw i've found this page might be of some use http://www.shahidhussain.com/blog/?p=12)
 
Old 06-04-2008, 02:31 PM   #5
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When the Xubuntu loading screen comes up, the display is fine, only at the log screen the screen is distorted.

*edit* The sync part of that link worked, screen is fine now *edit*

Last edited by gimpy530; 06-04-2008 at 02:40 PM.
 
Old 06-07-2008, 10:01 PM   #6
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was just looking at your posted xorg.conf file, seems to me that all of your "display" subsections are fixed at 1400 x 1050? Is that the correct resolution for your monitor?

If not, it may be worth trying other possibilities, eg: 800 x 600? 1024x768?

I have had similar issues installing various linuces on laptops, where the monitor is picked up wrong. As I have said before, sometimes trial and error works! In my case, 1024x768 worked many times, but that is not a wide screen resolution, so YMMV?!

*EDIT* Silly me, didn't read your last post, and just read through the link given by previous poster! Sorry!

Last edited by irishbitte; 06-07-2008 at 10:04 PM. Reason: Problem already solved!
 
  


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