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Old 01-06-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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Unhappy No Display - Mint 13 Maya

I have recently installed Linux Mint 13 Maya to a computer with the following Specs:

1.6 Ghz Pentium 4
768 MB Ram
nVidia Gforce 2 MX 100/200
Monitor - Gateway VX1120
Primary Master 80 GB - Windows XP Pro service pack 3 NTFS
Primary Slave 80 GB - Linux Mint - 12 GB EXT4 - 768 MB Swap - 67 GB FAT32 free Space (I've heard that some distros don't play nice with NTFS)
Secondary Master - DVD Burner (don't remember the specifics)

Mint is Booted from the Primary Slave. The disk passed the integrity check. No updates are installed.

The resolution after I Booted from my hard drive was very high. It looked nice but it caused my computer to be a little sluggish. So I dropped the resolution to 1024X768 at 70 Hz.

First Question:
After lowering the resolution when I open some windows they are only partly visible or not visible at all. I noticed while in the system information window that the X11 resolution was still set to the high setting but my monitor was not. How do I correct this?

Second Question:
How do I lower the DPI setting so everything is smaller since I want to run a lower resolution?

Third Question: (most important)
With my resolution at 1024X768 I tried to watch a video in full screen using VLC to see if that would give me full speed video. It worked fine in windowed mode but when I went to full screen my monitor acted like it was not receiving a signal. With other monitors I have used in the past this means that the resolution is set to something that the monitor cant display. The sound was still playing when this happened. Since I don't know Linux keyboard commands I tried ALT+F4 and CTRL+ALT+Delete but to no avail. So I powered off the computer. Now when I try to Boot Mint my monitor does the same thing. What do I do?

Any help would be appreciated. Since I think Windows XP is nearing the end of its usefull life I would like to start using it as a backup OS as I learn how to use Mint and Fedora. Thanks again.
Old 01-13-2013, 09:07 AM   #2
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I would suggest moving to a lighter weight OS. Mint is somewhat top heavy. I would suggest Archbang. It is a openbox wm that is preconfigured based on Arch linux.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Sadly, there have been a few points in the past when Debian (and Ubuntu/Mint, by extension) have dropped drivers for older graphics cards from their standard installs. Luckily, Debian makes it easy to install using a safe, generic driver, and then recompile the kernel and install proprietary graphics drivers.

I tried installing Mint and Ubuntu on a laptop with similar specs; the live CD worked fine but the screen went black after I installed to hard drive. I got OpenSUSE and Fedora to work okay, but it was too much of a pain to install the proprietary graphics drivers.

Eventually I settled on installing from a Debian Live CD. Not only was my system usable after first install, but I was able to return later and recompile the kernel with the older NVIDIA driver. Thankfully the Debian repos make this process extremely easy! On 1 GB RAM I'm running the Xfce desktop just fine.

I love Linux Mint, but I would definitely recommend going with pure Debian on really old PC's. Saline OS (with Xfce desktop) is a good Debian Live CD for systems built during the Pentium 4 days. Systems older than P4 can still be useful with CrunchBang--OpenBox is even less memory-intensive than Xfce!


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