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Old 10-27-2004, 04:34 PM   #1
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Strange ubuntu display problem

I just finished installing the latest release of Ubuntu linux on my old Sony Vaio laptop (650 mhz with and intel 815EM vid card)

Basically the entire display is shifted to the left! So the far left of the desktop actually appears on the right side of my display, and to its left is a huge black column, followed by the rest of the desktop. So if I move my cursor all the way to the left, it shows up on the right, and if i move my cursor to the right, it will get to abt 3/5 of the way b4 hitting the black column (where it cant go right any more) and after this is the left side of the desktop.

Part of the desktop isnt being displayed (its off screen) so I cant really read the applications menu, and I cant see the actions menu at all. Does anyone know how to fix this, especially considering the fact that I cant really see the menus?!?! Please help.


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that sounds pretty serious, but you might hopeuflly be able to use the xvidtune program to move it around and generate a new modeline if you can centre it correctly. it's normally for subtle adjustments though and your description doesn't exactly sound subtle.

you might also want to try changing the colour depth you are using and the update frequency, as these will al change the display slightly.
Old 09-10-2007, 04:38 AM   #3
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Cool If you are running ubuntu with Intel 800/900 series and not full resolution

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Old 06-02-2009, 02:07 AM   #4
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i have problem with the display and brows the system in ubunu 9.4 It unable to brows the files volums and desktop

give me solutions
Old 02-13-2010, 04:10 AM   #5
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You just have to adjust screen resolution and colordepth

I had the same problem with my old dell inspiron 4000 lapop while installing Xubuntu 9.10
The laptop has ATI card with 8MB vram, max 1344 x 806 resolution.
Unfortunately Xubuntu could not recognize it correctly, so no xorg.conf or XFconfig... files.
From dell site, I got a .rpm driver. Converted it with Alien into .deb file and installed the driver. So, a XFconfig..... file was generated in the /etc/X11 folder. I edited colordepth to 16 instead of 24. And after restart, there was no problem. (doing all he things with problematic display were really hard).

Also make sure that the fiile has HorizontalSync 30 - 55 and all the available resolution are written.... hope it will solve the problem

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Old 05-12-2010, 04:07 AM   #6
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hi, im new to linux.and was wondering if i could get some help...i have A HP DV6000:AMD TURION X2 64 PROCESSOR AND NVIDIA GEFORCE 7150M VIDEO CARD. After i finish installing ubuntu 10.40 from ubuntu's website and rebooting my sistem . everything was good untill the logon screen apeared all messed up to the point that i cannot even log on..can you all please help me............i can see part of the log on window but cant log in.

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Create your own thread instead of bumping one from 2004.
Old 11-11-2010, 06:20 PM   #8
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Old Laptop Display Problem

Hello there, I am very new to Ubuntu but saw that I could use an old laptop by installing Ubuntu 10. THAT wasn't easy I think because the CD Rom had issues BUT...

I also have an old Dell Inspiron 4000 that is having screen issues. I've been able to install Ubuntu 10 all the way through but am now having the same issues as masud tarek above but cannot understand the fix. How do I get Ubuntu to recognize my monitor, if that's what it is? I appreciate any help I can get.


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Old 04-29-2011, 09:53 PM   #9
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Question Update newest release messed up my ubuntu

I found out how to fix mine I restart into ubuntu recovory mode remove your video drivers you can use failsafe mode with graphics when you use guru bootload its boots ubuntu so remove your drivers and restart... If it ask questions creat new cfg for video drivers... Commands if you use them erase drivers and reboot into ubuntu! WALA no more screen flicks or blank screens!!

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