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Old 04-02-2007, 08:51 AM   #1
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915resolution on MEPIS 3.4


I'm trying to get 1280x800 on MEPIS 3.4 (I've read it's easier for MEPIS 6.x but I can't run that for all sorts of reasons). My laptop is a Philips Freevents x56 which uses the 950GMA Intel chipset. Using 915resolution on PCBSD previously did the trick, but I'm very unfamiliar with linux. Please help!

I've downloaded 915resolution and done the following:

cd /915resolution-0.5.2
make install
915resolution 38 1280 800
915resolution -l

Intel 800/900 Series VBIOS Hack : version 0.5.2

Chipset: 945GM
Mode Table Offset: $C0000 + $269
Mode Table Entries: 36

Mode 30 : 640x480, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 32 : 800x600, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 34 : 1024x768, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 38 : 1280x800, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 3a : 1600x1200, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 3c : 1920x1440, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 41 : 640x480, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 43 : 800x600, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 45 : 1024x768, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 49 : 1280x800, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 4b : 1600x1200, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 4d : 1920x1440, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 50 : 640x480, 32 bits/pixel
Mode 52 : 800x600, 32 bits/pixel
Mode 54 : 1024x768, 32 bits/pixel
Mode 58 : 1280x800, 32 bits/pixel
Mode 5a : 1600x1200, 32 bits/pixel
Mode 5c : 1920x1440, 32 bits/pixel


Now, what do I do now? Restart KDE? How do I make the resolution a permanent thing for KDE to boot up with (for both the root user and the default user?)

Old 04-02-2007, 08:53 AM   #2
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Ok. Rebooting KDE after that didn't give me 1280x800. I'm still stuck with 1024x768.
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Ah. I restarted by pressing ALT+CTRL+BACKSPACE and I have 1280x800. But how do I make this permanent?
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Thank you for the previous post, but in the meantime I fiddled around and found the answer. I was right to install 915 resolution, and to go through the steps I outlined earlier.

The additional thing to do was:

cd /etc/init.d

and there, after the line [ -f /etc/default/rcS ] && . /etc/default/rcS

add this line:

915resolution 38 1280 800

And now when I reboot I have the correct resolution! yay!!!

Problem solved!!
Old 04-02-2007, 02:12 PM   #6
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if I also right-clicked on the Desktop, went configure > Desktop > Display
and checked the Apply Settings On KDE Startup box, as well as the Allow Tray application to change startup settings box.

Mustn't forget that.


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