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Old 09-01-2006, 10:20 AM   #1
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Screen resolution


I am pretty much new to Linux though I am good with Mac and Windows.

I've been almost 3 years of Windows working 99% of my time on Macintosh.

For some reasons, I needed to try Linux as a second platform. So far, I have tried Fedora Core 3 and 5, Knopix, and Puppy.

I have noticed the same problem with running Linux on both laptop and desktop Dells - the fonts and everything on the screen is different from what I see on my Macs. Also, the picture is a little bit flickering which makes my eyes get tired in a couple of hours.

Is there way to fix it? Is it because of the monitors, graphic cards, inappropriate settings?

Any suggestions are very appreciated.

Thank you.

Old 09-01-2006, 10:46 AM   #2
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Your monitor is flickering because the settings such as refresh rate are not set right. This will happen when you set them to low or high(Can't remeber off the top of my head). Try Giving ubuntu a shot. I recommend it to all newcomers to linux. It works very well with my Dell inspiron 2650 (I currently have Debian on it.)
Old 09-01-2006, 10:43 PM   #3
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Before switching distros, you might want to just try fixing the problem. Does your distro use or XFree86? Probably You can run 'xorgsetup' to try and auto detect the settings, or do them manually with 'xorgconfig'. (if these are not in your path, you will need to go to the X11 directory and run them, probably located in /usr/X11/bin on your system)

Old 09-03-2006, 11:25 AM   #4
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Hi, guys,

I have fixed the problem. I played a little bit with the hardware configuration (type of monitor and graphic card) and resolution.

The picture is crystal clear now.

Speaking about the distrs - I am sticking with Fedora 5 on the machine at work and Puppy on a Celeron 400 Mhz at home.



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