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Old 08-16-2011, 10:01 AM   #1
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dual boot desktop, fullscreen video, good on windows, bad on linux

I have a dual boot set up and I am very frustrated that I cannot employ fullscreen videos with my linux OS when I can on my Windows 7. The standard size is rich on both but going fullscreen in linux results in a very choppy screen and will eventually lock up in a few seconds. I have tried different combinations of desktops, browsers,video players, and flashplayers (10.xx --> 11.xx) but the problem remains. Note that fullscreen works well when I play DVDs. The bottom line is that the fullscreen option in Windows 7 is consistent and my linux one,unfortunately, is unacceptable.
I have the following suspicions:
Driver problem, Intel
OS problem, does this happen in Ubuntu?
Browser problem,Moonlight is not compatible with Firefox 5
Integrated video lacking (but works very well in windows, why not linux)
It's been over 6 months now and I would like to get this resolved. There are probably a lot of related posts but I opened this one to get more specific about the hardware I use and problems I listed above. Does anyone out there with similar hardware go fullscreen without difficulty? I just want to know if I'm beating my head against the wall.

OS's Suse 11.4(, Windows 7
Desktops KDE 4.6.5 release 8, Gnome 2.32.1
Browser Firefox 5, Opera 11.50
CPU Intel i5 650 3.2 GHz
Display Clarkdale Integrated Graphics Controller
Intel Ironlake Desktop Graphics Controller(Framebuffer Device)
OpenGL Mesa DRI Intel Ironlake desktop
X-Server Version 11
Network RTL8111/8168B Gigabit Ethernet
Monitor Samsung SMB2330HD
Old 08-16-2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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Well, you could at least check whether it's a SUSE problem by booting a live CD or DVD of Ubuntu or Knoppix or Slax. It sounds like a graphics driver or X problem, so if there are alternative drivers for the integrated graphics, you should try one (just as you can use the nouveau or NVIDIA drivers for NVIDIA cards).
Old 08-30-2011, 07:28 PM   #3
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I would like to simplify my question as follows:
Any user out there able to go full screen with good quality using intel i3,i5, or i7 processors with integrated video? If so, which linux distro?
I can on 2 real old laptops using Suse 11.4 with much lesser specs.
Old 09-04-2011, 07:50 PM   #4
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update to fullscreen problem with openSUSE 11.4

Since I did not get a response to my basic question I took the advice from "mostlyharmless".
I tried Ubuntu 11.04 live CD and after installing Adobe Flash Player was able to watch streaming videos from MLB, Hulu, and Youtube in great fullscreen fashion.
It was the same flash player version I tried on my openSuse 11.4. Evidently openSuse must continue to have driver issues with the intel "HD graphic" chipsets with integrated video. If anyone disagrees please respond.

I was so pleased with the Ubuntu experience that I have loaded it alongside my disk drive with Windows 7. May have to trash openSUSE if I can't go fullscreen in the near future.
Old 09-05-2011, 02:03 AM   #5
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Have a look at mageia I use a 2 monitors and can resize and run vidoe or any other window anyway I want it.
I think your issue as all ready said is your not using the priority graphics driver most live distros seam to include them out of the box download and try a few.


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