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Old 10-06-2005, 08:28 AM   #1
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Debian VideoCard/LCD drivers Sony Notebook

As the forum suggests, I'm very new to Linux so please pardon me if I sound like I have little idea what I'm talking about. I just installed Debian on my laptop, a Sony PCG-FXA53. The screen's native resolution is 1024x768, however the highest it will go currently is only 800x600. It's an ATI Rage Mobility M1: 8MB card. I'm guessing the Debian installer just wasn't able to detect the card/screen correctly? According to the GUI screen resolution preferences my only two choices are 640x480 or 800x600. I've tried Googling around and checking Sony's site and I'm not finding anything too helpful. Any chance someone could point me in the right direction? Having to scroll around horizontally on almost every web page I visit is starting to bother me. Thanks.
Old 10-06-2005, 09:30 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!

Linux on Laptops and TuxMobil are where people post reviews
of their notebook computers, and how they got them working.
And you should always check Google <Linux> for answers.
Also, there is the Linux HCL ( Hardware
Compatibility List). Those are the resources you should use to
start your search. I know this is a whole new world to you, so
read How To Ask Questions The Smart Way, which will teach
you where to search, and how to post the proper information
so that someone can actually give you technical advice rather
than having to ask you questions to get to first base.

So, that's what I'm going to do ... point you down the right path,
and give you one clue:
  • Which driver is your computer using for the video card?
After you've done a little homework with this help, you can
post back and we can give you more help.

I suggest you also put the version of Debian and the kernel
you're using somewhere in either your LQ UserCP or in the
sig of your profile.


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