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Old 06-15-2006, 11:04 AM   #1
Registered: Jun 2006
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Video not working in 640x480

This is a problem I had
I've got knoppix 4.something running of a LiveCD on my Sony Vio Laptop.

everything works great but 640x480 rez. When I try to set my screen rez down to 640x480 the picture gets all messed up.
Normaly this would not be a problem (why would I want to go down to 640x480?). But, when I try to play any games full screen (exp. Frozen-Bubble) the same thing happens. I'm guessing because they try to reset the screen rez to 640x480.

In windows I would guess that I have the wrong drivers installed. In Linux I have no clue what to do.
This problem was fixed when I upgraded to Knoppix 5.0. I was told the reason for this was
Version 5.0.1 uses the video and earlier versions used Xfree86. They handle video slightly differently, so that's probably made the difference for you

Well I'm now having the same problem with My desktop running Slackware 10.2. I'm not sure off hand what the video card is (I believe it's a NVIDIA I bought a few years ago). and the monitor is a Sony 17" LCD. Let me know if I can change over to an if that is the problem or any other settings that can be changed of what other info I can give you.

Old 06-15-2006, 11:17 AM   #2
Registered: Jun 2006
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never mind. I just had to install the drivers from the NVIDA site. I'm an idoit. In windows that would have been the first thing I did. But learning linux I seem to be over looking the simple things some times. sorry for the wasted space in the forum.


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