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Old 10-19-2005, 02:26 AM   #1
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Dell Inspiron 2200 screen with SuSE 9.3/Xorg

Hello Folks,

I've been a long time SuSE user but am having trouble with a new Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop. I cannot get the internal screen to work under a fully updated SuSE 9.3 Professional install - X does run with no errors in the log files and if I press the screen switch key I can see it on an external monitor but apart from a brief flicker at the start the laptop screen remains blank, which suggest a timing problem?

Left to its own devices (hah!) SaX2 identifies the graphics chipset correctly but chooses a VESA 800x600 mode for the display, which doesn't work. I can manually select a DELL 1024LAPTOP display but that doesn't work either.

Does anyone have Linux (any distribution) running on a Dell Inspiron 2200? If so, can they please send me a copy of their xorg.conf file or the Modelines they are using? Or is there something else wrong?

Many thanks in advance,


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Old 10-19-2005, 03:55 AM   #2
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What kernel are you running?

Have you ever thought of recompiling it?

I once had a similar problem with a video card. X will probably detect what hardware it is. But when it called for it in the kernel i got an error message.

Either, compile it as a module. Or better yet., built into the kernel.

cd /usr/src/(kernel-source)
make menuconfig
Old 10-19-2005, 08:15 AM   #3
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Solved! (Sort of...)

Thanks for the reply, but I don't think it is a kernel issue.

I have solved the problem in a roundabout by booting from a Knoppix 4.0 Live DVD - this succesfully detected everything, including the display. For information the data I needed was:

Model: SEC4758
Horiz Sync: 28-96
Vert Sync: 50-75
Clock: 65MHz
Modeline for 1024x768: 1024 1048 1184 1344 768 771 777 806

However, I was so impressed with the Knoppix distribution and its ease of use that I've installed that instead. I've still got SuSE 9.3 on the desktop machine so it will be interesting to compare these two in real use.

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Old 01-03-2006, 04:37 AM   #4
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Look - I've got LFS. (Report in Success stories)

So, xorg.conf, er?

Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     " Configured"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
        InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
        InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "Files"
        RgbPath      "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
        ModulePath   "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"
        FontPath     "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic/"

Section "Module"
        Load  "dbe"
        Load  "dri"
        Load  "extmod"
        Load  "glx"
        Load  "record"
        Load  "xtrap"
        Load  "freetype"
        Load  "type1"
        Load  "synaptics"

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier  "Keyboard0"
        Driver      "kbd"

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier  "Mouse0"
        Driver      "synaptics"
        Option      "Device" "/dev/input/mouse0"
        Option      "Protocol" "auto-dev"

  Option        "LeftEdge"      "1700"
  Option        "RightEdge"     "5300"
  Option        "TopEdge"       "1700"
  Option        "BottomEdge"    "4200"
  Option        "FingerLow"     "25"
  Option        "FingerHigh"    "30"
  Option        "MaxTapTime"    "180"
  Option        "MaxTapMove"    "220"
  Option        "VertScrollDelta" "100"
  Option        "MinSpeed"      "0.09"
  Option        "MaxSpeed"      "0.18"
  Option        "AccelFactor"   "0.0015"

  Option        "SHMConfig"     "on"

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier   "Monitor0"
        VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
        ModelName    "Monitor Model"

        Option  "DPMS" "on"

Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Card0"
        Chipset     "915GM"
#       Driver      "vesa"
        Driver      "i810"
        Option      "DRI" "yes"
        VendorName  "Intel Corp."
        BoardName   "Unknown Board"
        Option      "AGPMode" "1"
        BusID       "PCI:0:2:0"
        VideoRam        131070

Section "DRI"
        Mode    0666

Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device     "Card0"
        Monitor    "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth    16
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     16
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     24
Removed some standard comments, old experiments - commented out, full font paths, some obvious keyboard options for changing language - take this in your xorg.conf.


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