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Old 12-06-2003, 07:08 PM   #1
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Laptop LCD on Dell Inspiron


I have slackware installed on my Dell Inspiron 1100 (PIV 2 Ghz, 512 RAM, 30 gig HD) and I have a problem with the LCD. I have to versions of my kernel, one with acpi support and one without. The one with does nothing when the cover is closed, the power stays on and the picture stays up. When I boot the kernel without acpi it will kill the power to the LCD when I close to cover but when I pull the cover back up it it shifts everything down about an inch and makes crazy colored lines across the top. The only way I can fix this is by restarting X. so, my question is this. Is there anyway to fix this or is there a keyboard shortcut (or command) to 'refresh' X. I run dropline gnome and the video card is an intel i810.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as i'm a

Old 12-07-2003, 12:37 PM   #2
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Well for starters you need to be using the one with acpi. Because a 2Ghz Dell is going to have acpi on it. The only reason the screen isnt turning off is because you didnt set it up to Turn the screen off when you close the lid...

Suse has config files for this. It even tells you how to edit them if you check the help files... Other distro's may or may not have them depending on wether you've got all the features installed.
Old 12-08-2003, 01:54 PM   #3
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I had this problem when I forced my Dell Inspiron 8200 to run using APM instead of ACPI. Since I was unable to fix the monitor with any commands, my only solution was to memorize the keyboard shortcuts to force a shutdown, no questions asked, whenever this situation came about. When I reformatted and placed Slack 9.1 on my hard drive, the new 2.4.22 kernel supported enough of ACPI to give me a battery monitor (which was why I was using APM instead of ACPI before), so I didn't need to worry about it anymore. In doing some research on the problem, I seem to remember that APM had an issue with my nVIDIA video card.
Old 12-09-2003, 06:29 AM   #4
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check the acpi events and config files.


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