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Old 11-11-2003, 10:44 AM   #1
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Exclamation Dell Inspiron 4150 monitor goes on fritz when lid closes

I have redhat 9.0, 512mb ram, 30gb hd, 2000mhz, and a dell inspiron 4150.

For some reason whenever I load up linux, and decide to close the lid of my laptop (lower the monitor so it looks thinner... side view -> _ not L ) when I reopen the lid of my laptop, the screen is cut in half and makes the screen an unreadable static. In redhat 8.0 i updated my kernel and i could close and open my laptop fine, but in 9.0 only sometimes I can reopen my laptop without having this problem. It is very wierd, maybe 1/10 times i can open my laptop and have a normal screen otherwise it is all static and I have to reboot.

can anybody offer a solution?
Old 11-11-2003, 01:45 PM   #2
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Assuming you're using the X window system, have you tried using ctrl+alt+F1 to switch to a text console when the screen has fuzzed? Does this work? Also, ctrl+alt+backspace will kill X, which will then be restarted if you're using a session manager such as kdm or gdm - this may correct the situation without a full reboot.

This could very well be an issue related to kernel power management. What do you mean by saying that you upgraded your kernel in redhat 8.0? Was this a new compilation, or a download from redhat? If this issue is very serious for you, you might try experimenting with the various power management options in kernel configuration.
Old 11-14-2003, 08:28 PM   #3
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Ok, im going to update my reply on restarts...

When I did CTRL + ALT + F1 it does get me to the text mode, but how do I get out of the text mode and back to the Gui setup? By working I mean, it still is "frizzy" but it goes to the text mode. I can't make out any words, but I can type everything in. When it gets "frizzy" the computer doesn't freeze but it just looks screwed up.

CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE works just like going into the text mode, meaning it does quit X succesfully, but it still is a fuzzy half screen that isn't clear/visible.

Last edited by Laptop2250; 11-14-2003 at 08:40 PM.
Old 11-15-2003, 05:45 AM   #4
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Gui is normally at CTRL+ALT+F7 and should start itself again after the Backspace thing.What graphics setup do you got?
Old 11-15-2003, 09:31 AM   #5
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Here are my graphic settings:
-KDE System
-Unprobed Monitor (50-70 refresh rate)
-ATI Radeon Mobility 7500
-Color Depth - Millions of Colors
-Resolution 800x600 (but I changed to 1024x768, and it switched back for some reason)
Old 11-23-2003, 05:31 PM   #6
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my girlfriend just got a lappy with the same graphics card as yours. She is running Suse and I need to get the graphics card working for her.

What did you find the graphics driver?

all help will be greatly apreciated.

Old 11-24-2003, 03:00 PM   #7
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my dell was customized.. so i have the 32mb video card

But when I popped in the cd's my video was working perfect, my only problem is when I close the lid and open it up.. i don't get that..

but in the control panel you can set up a kde theme, and there are other preferences there, but for some reason the settings don't ever work for me (they never apply) so I think that's why I have my problem. but you can probably fix yours just by messing with the settings there and hoping they will apply when you press ok
Old 12-23-2003, 04:34 PM   #8
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i solved it, no thanks to any of anyones help...

get gentoo


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