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Old 12-12-2007, 10:18 PM   #1
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Dell SE178WFP Flat screen monitor with Ubuntu

Hi, I just ordered an Dell Inspirion 530 with Ubuntu preinstalled. It came with a Dell SE178WFP flatpanel monitor. Ubuntu comes up fine but the resolution is only 1024X768. The monitor says the optimum resolution is 1400X900. But Ubuntu doesn't provide that option. I couldn't find the driver for Linux in the attached dell cd also. Does any one have the driver ? Any help would be appreciated.

Old 12-14-2007, 07:00 AM   #2
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You don't need a special driver.
IIRC: this machine uses an intel video-card?

... you probably need the 915resolution package.

sudo apt-get install 915resolution

... but it may just be a matter of making the resolution available via /etc/X11/xorg.conf (open it in a text editor and edit the mode lines.)

You need to be aware that performance will be reduced at the highest resolution. (If you reduce the refresh rate in the monitor/resolution dialog, you may get more options.) 1024x768 is often optimal for all but the high end monitors.

Last edited by Simon Bridge; 12-14-2007 at 07:02 AM.
Old 12-14-2007, 07:09 AM   #3
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No driver required. You can run xorgconfig in a terminal, or there may be a GUI setup utility in your menus.

If you don't mind mucking around under the hood, you can manually edit the config file: /etc/X11/xorg.conf

(I think it's probably 1440 x 900 (16:10))

A search or Google (or here at LQ) will give you a plethora of information on how to edit the config file

Last edited by pixellany; 12-14-2007 at 03:01 PM. Reason: corrected aspect ratio for 1440x900


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