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This is a small almost frivolous thing I admit however it drives me nuts. When I load debian it will only give me a vid max res of 800. So, as a test, I loaded ubuntu last night since it is debian based and it gave me 1024. I am trying ot find the way I can tell what it is using for a driver. I would assume (dangeous thing) that sarge would have all that ubuntu had so it would load my vid. BTW it is a SiS vid system on the laptop.
It is just that GIANT icons and windows are frustrating.
Actually - a lousy resolution is not something frivolous at all. And the Debian-Sarge installer is still very 'green' in this respect. I had exactly the same problem so I took the easy way out: using Kanotix or Ubuntu live-CD simply copy the XFree86conf4 file (or whatever the correct name is - I am not at my Debian machine) and edit the resolution section of the corresponding file in Debian (do NOT copy it all since there are some other things - such as mice - which might be an issue).
Then simply reboot into Debian.
Careful as Kanotix already uses Xorg and Debian-Sarge not. But the config file is still compatible.
BTW - I got the best results (by far!) with Ubuntu's config file...
Am I making sense here?
If not - tell me whether you have Ubunutu or Kanotix and post the Xfree86.conf-4 file (or whatever its called) here and then post your Debian-Sarge Xfree86.conf-4 file (or whatever its called) also and I will tell you exactly what to edit. Heck - I will even do it for you (this is really a no brainer).
Your definition of "old" is quite different from mine.
I have run SuSE on MANY MANY laptops. I have a HP Omnibook Pentium ! 133 Mhz with 28 Mb ram which is still running SuSE 7.3 Pro, and has been for literally years. The screen fell off, but that's no problem.
I'd recommend SuSE, just because I've put it on many laptops, currently have it on four including one that functions as a "portable" development server, and have never had a problem.
All of the systems (with the exception of my AMD 64) are archaic (between 133 and 300 Mhz with under 128Mb ram).
I got an old 1ghz, 128mb Ram, 20gb HDD Thinkpad to run PC Linux OS, its mandriva based and has a nice control centre, comes with 1 disc of good selection mainly home / office software and has a livecd function
The 800 resolution should be fixed in a short time - I had the same prob wuth Vector a while ago & it was just a matter of installing the NVidia drivers or should also be fixable by adding "something" in the X configuration.
Sorry I was out sick for a bit. Yuk. Hate being sick.
Anyway. The laptop is my wifes and she, how shall I put this, wanted it back, either with linux runnign and readyto go or with windows back on it. So I put windows back on it. I am going to try and get it again and load debian back on it and then try this conf file idea from you guys (THANKS BTW) but for now she wants it back and running. I may end up having to buy a new one after all. I was just really getting into the meat of the matter and really learning some new things.
At least my theory on the transmeta issue proved correct thanks to Wini-g. However I know now that it can be made to work smoother too.
But I also learned not to mess with a 7 month pregnant woman, so I may be starting over with a new laptop. We'll see as this week progress'.
So thank you every one I was and am learnign alot.
On another note. A few years back during the day of red hat 6 a buddy of mine loaded slack (version?) via a fdd boot disk and cbl net connection onto a 66mhz, 16mg ram laptop. Very cool.
This baby is not our first. Hang on... are you ready?.... It's our seventh! No kidding.
My wife is the most loving wonderful awesome person in the world. She is my teacher and my friend. Everything I learned about love and kindness and generousity I learned from her. Aside from our children she is what is beutiful in this world. And she is still really hot er.... uh... beutiful! (Sorry honey)
So if she wants the laptop she gets it. (grudgingly because the linux edgucation was just getting good.) Anyway it was just a stupid ol' transeta anyway (tearful). I'll get an intel or preferably an AMD next.
But there is still the wireless issue....
oh well, until then.