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tigerhk89 11-25-2008 03:31 PM

install linux help!
i am trying to install fedora 7 on my Dell Inspirion 1100. After install the operating system, the resolution of the screen is reduce to 75%. Does any one know how to fix it? Thanks!

claudius753 11-25-2008 03:34 PM

Fedora 7 is outdated, Fedora 10 was just released today. You'd probably be better off getting that and installing it, it may have better support for your hardware.

Poetics 11-25-2008 03:41 PM

You might also want to try this link which gives a lot of information for installing Linux on that very laptop, including what software packages / distributions people have had success with.

syg00 11-25-2008 03:43 PM

Fedora 7 is nowhere near as outdated as that 1100 - going to 10 will probably be no better. For example installing latest Ubuntu (8.10) was much more of a problem than previous.
It's the stupid video memory allocation that Dell used - used to need the 855resolution fix to run X at all. That was rolled into the "i810" and now (I think) the "Intel" driver. I'll post back later with the relevant xorg bits I use.

As an aside, just yesterday I tried zenwalk on mine - it's lighter (uses XFCE as a DM) and seemed like a good fit. Couldn't get X operational at all. Didn't try for long though. The liveCD works o.k. so I might re-try that and see what it uses for xorg.conf.

claudius753 11-25-2008 03:47 PM

Double post again! Something's going screwy on my end, sorry

syg00 11-25-2008 07:18 PM

Not much of interest - they all either use the i810 or Intel driver; no HorizSync or VertRefresh specified. Seems the default is good enough ...
The problems I had with Intrepid were with the install - needed to come up in a degraded video mode.

Check you have the "latest" BIOS level -A32.

here is another thread you might want to look at.

Later: Ignore the zenwalk comment - re-install went o.k. Occasionally have to kick X into action with <alt>-<ctrl>-<bksp> when it stalls on a blank screen on startup.

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