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Old 01-19-2005, 04:29 PM   #1
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SuSe on Dell Inspiron 5100 Display Issue

Hey all,

I just got finished installing SuSE 9.1 Pro on my laptop (Dell 5100 Inspirion) in Dual boot configuration. Downloaded all the updates.

The display only looks correct in 640 x 480 mode and only lets me select 60Mhz. THere are other selections for the resolution but when i try to use one of them it makes the screen look al distorted. I dont think linux is recognizing my monitor typeon the laptop.

When I do select 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768 the resolution looks correct but the screen is all jacked up in such a way that it makes it look like I actually am tileing 3 or more destops into the same area, if that makes any sense.

Anyone have any suggestions? im fairly new to linux and everything else seems to work fine, just the video is killing me with the low resolution desktop.

Old 01-19-2005, 06:47 PM   #2
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If you are using a laptop then you have a 60hz max as your screen's refresh rate. All lcd's do (or should). Its based off the 60hz of A/C power.

As for your video, why don't you post the contents of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/XFree386-4.conf

Then we can help you edit it. Most laptop users have to edit it due to the way drivers are done on laptops.
Old 01-20-2005, 01:00 AM   #3
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Unresolved problem with Suse in Compaq laptop


I know its not of much help but I installed Susi 9.1 pro on my laptop (details below) it worked well for a few weeks, but every startup it said please check your display (i cannot remember the exact message) , but I checked everything and could not resolve the problem, then one fine day the screen crashed and that was the end of Suse and me and to add more pain I lost a lot of data because of not knowing how to use cli to save onto some other media.

Finding out more I searched around and a hp compaq site said that "these laptops are not desined for linus and he wondered "why anyone would want to use linus anyway"" .



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