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Old 11-16-2009, 01:55 AM   #1
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Problem with external monitor on Fedora 11


I just did a fresh install of Fedora 11 on my MacBook Black. When I installed Fedora, I had to use the "basic Vesa video driver" option (or something like that; the regular installer would always get stuck in the beginning of the process).

Now that I have Fedora running, I'm trying to use an external Dell monitor 22' Widescreen. However, I can't find a way to configure it with the proper resolution.

The "Configure Display Settings" (or "Display Preferences") shows the monitor as "Unknown", with a max available resolution of 1024x768 (lower than the 1680x1050 I want), refresh rate of zero.

After reading a lot of suggestions online, I tried things like xrandr and system-config-display, but to tell the truth I don't fully understand yet how these things work.

Here's my output of xrandr:
Screen 0: minimum 640 x 480, current 1024 x 768, maximum 1024 x 768
default connected 1024x768+0+0 0mm x 0mm
1024x768 0.0*
800x600 0.0
640x480 0.0

And here's the output of when I try to run system-config-display, which is not working for some reason:
File "/usr/share/system-config-display/", line 376, in <module>
dialog = xConfigDialog.XConfigDialog(hardware_state, xconfig, rhpxl.videocard.VideoCardInfo())
File "/usr/share/system-config-display/", line 641, in __init__
if len(self.xconfig.layout[0].adjacencies) > 1:
IndexError: index out-of-bounds

I don't know where to go from here... Thanks in advance for any help!


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PS. I found this related thread, but it didn't get me too far:
Old 11-16-2009, 08:14 PM   #2
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Also, Fedora 11 introduced Kernel Modem Setting [KMS]. So this might be causing issues. I know you can disable it with the right kernel argument when you boot up. I guess googling "disable KMS" or so will get you more knowledge than I have on this subject.
Old 11-17-2009, 11:49 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Here is the content of my xorg.conf file -- there are only these 4 lines in there:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "vesa"


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