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Old 10-01-2003, 06:11 AM   #1
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Smile Inspiron 8600 can't reach 1600x1050

Hello ladys and gentlemans

I have adquire a Dell Inspiron 8600 and I run Linux Mandrake 9.1 with KDE 3.1. The problem I have is that while booting I can see what linux is doing in the whole screen, until here good, I make logging and good, I start kde and then problems come. I can set only a resolution of 1400x1050 so that means that there are two black areas, left and right ,that does no display nothing, it is like if the 15,4" became 14". I can fix the resolution up and down but not left and right.
I have tried with all dell monitors and generic flat panels but there is no 1600x1050 supported.
I have a GeForce 4000 go so it should work. Somebody told me something about fame buffer in XFree86_4 but I didn't find nothing there about frame buffer.
Could I set this resolution manually?, How?

Thank you very much

Last edited by navajo; 10-01-2003 at 06:56 AM.
Old 10-01-2003, 09:26 PM   #2
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Hmm, first off, find out what your monitor's horiz+vert refresh rates are so that if you have to, you can just edit /etc/X11/XF86Config by hand and add them in to the monitor section... like:

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier   "Display 1"
        VendorName   "MAG"
        ModelName    "986FS"
        HorizSync    30.0 - 86.0
        VertRefresh  50.0 - 160.0
        Option       "DPMS"
However, before you even jump there, have you installed the Nvidia drivers yet? Nvidia produces there own drivers, which makes the regular XFree driver look really pitiful.


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These should help.


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