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Old 12-02-2003, 04:13 AM   #1
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newbie-shrunken x screen, cannot fix - mandrake 9.1 - gnome - old nt laptop

stone cold newbie here. i am grateful for any help and will certainly pass it on when i am competent!

i have an old toshiba satellite pro 4600 laptop that had windows nt on it. when logging on you had two choices, one was "regular mode" and one was a "vga mode". at one time i tried vga mode, and the only difference i could suss was that the useable area of the screen was shrunken by about 20%.

after installing mandrake 9.1 i now have the shrunken x screen.

i tried altering a display setting in dos (setup) to no effect.

i tried changing my resolution in my x screen (gnome) to no avail.

i greatly appreciate any suggestions.

thank you,

Old 12-02-2003, 02:41 PM   #2
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Could try ctrl-alt-keypad + or ctrl-alt-keypad - on the off chance.
Old 12-02-2003, 10:58 PM   #3
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sounds like the wonderful world of propreitary hardware has struck again!! Do you have any idea what kind of video card is in that machine? You probably have a video card that the video driver that is installed isn't the right one, but it'll work, just not like it should....
Old 12-04-2003, 12:17 PM   #4
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If it were me I'd try fiddling with the ? XF86Config file; being careful because of the possibility of destroying the monitor. But if its just the 640x380, or whatever it is, that is being changed I think you can't destroy anything.

There is a graphical program for configuring X; is it xf86config ?

Blind leading the blind.


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