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Old 09-20-2006, 07:58 PM   #16
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Inspiron 8200


Hi again,

so I ran XFdrake and now have the following:

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "Generic"
ModelName "Flat Panel 1680x1050"
HorizSync 31.5-90
VertRefresh 60

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "nVidia Corp."
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4 (generic)"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "DPMS"
Option "IgnoreEDID" "1"
EndSection
Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Virtual 1280 1024
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 15
Virtual 1280 1024
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Virtual 1280 1024
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Virtual 1280 1024
EndSubsection
EndSection

So now I am finally working at 1280X1024. I'm happy.
If I was to nag: what can I do to get the system to offer me higher resolutions? I've read the Inspiron 8200 monitor can handle up to 1600X1200.

Thanks for all the help so far !!! I really apreciate this forum's atmosphere.

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Old 09-21-2006, 03:26 AM   #17
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the xorg I posted is directly from an 8200.
And the Bios Update doesn't include an update for the Video Bios on an Inspirion 8200.
@odcheck

My laptop dates back to about 2001 and the A04 bios was the original one from when I bought it. I'd tried installing the Nvidia driver with this, but it would never work. I eventually decided to update the bios to a later one after reading on a the web that somebody else had done a similar thing and then after reinstalling the Nvidia driver, they'd been able to get it to work. After I did that, the latest Nvidia driver worked without any problem.

Presumably the 8200 being a newer machine has a more recent bios anyway which possibly was already compatible with the Nvidia driver.

@hotburner2001

I'm not using the virtual settings, so I don't know how you'd get the resolution up to 1600x1200. I don't know how the virtual settings work having never needed them. Whether you could just add another setting for 1600x1200 to that section? On the other hand, perhaps a bit safer waiting to see if odcheck has a solution for you, they're using an 8200.
 
Old 09-21-2006, 03:35 AM   #18
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Important is that
a) different Video Cards have been offered with 8200 and
b) always not included in such problem discriptions!!! the Diplay Type SXGA+ or WUXGA
this would be a very useful information regarding the correct Screen Size.

So thanks for your help but I still don't got this information.
And there is also a different between BIOS Update and Video Bios Update!

So of course the xorg I posted works but only with this display size!
 
Old 09-21-2006, 03:46 AM   #19
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@Interdictor
Important is that
a) different Video Cards have been offered with 8200 and
b) always not included in such problem discriptions!!! the Diplay Type SXGA+ or WUXGA
this would be a very useful information regarding the correct Screen Size.

So thanks for your help but I still don't got this information.
And there is also a different between BIOS Update and Video Bios Update!

So of course the xorg I posted works but only with this display size!
Good point, every machine is different, I got mine working by trial and error, LinuxQuestions and Google search. It works for me with my hardware and might not for others with similar hardware, I got confused to start with because some of the answers involving 8100's only had resolutions that maxxed out at 1400x?. More searching, checking my own hardware & filtering the results.

Took time, but I learn't a lot more than if somebody had just told me what to do in one go.

One thing I've found is that you have to know what hardware you have, what your hardware does now - what is problem, what you want it to do before you can even make a start on changing things to get round the problem/way things are working now.

Everybody gives good advice, but the main thing is always "what have you got and what is happening". Post that detailed info and somebody always seems to be able to help.

Out of interest, you say you're using a Dell 8200, does that have the Dell Accessdirect buttons and do you have them working under Linux? Thats something I've not looked into yet, but I wouldn't mind getting them working to control volume etc if possible.

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Old 09-21-2006, 05:55 AM   #20
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@Interdictor Just install the i8k Utils. And you'll feel great.
The buttons can easily setup with KMIX for e.g.
 
Old 09-21-2006, 06:00 AM   #21
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@Interdictor Just install the i8k Utils. And you'll feel great.
The buttons can easily setup with KMIX for e.g.
Thanks for that, I'll give that a go tonight when I get home.
 
  


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