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Old 08-17-2005, 12:05 AM   #1
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screen resolution wont change

Im running debian 'sarge' on a system with an integrated video card. This is my first linux setup, and i seem to have got it all up and working, except my screen resolution is stuck at 640 x 480, and it doesn't give me any other options.

I figure i configured something wrong, but i dont know what to or how to fix it. advice appreciated.
Old 08-17-2005, 12:46 AM   #2
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your gui resolution is determined by your xorg.conf (or xfree depending on what you use), located in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

Sometimes when the xorg.conf isn't doing what you expect it to, you can check the xorg log, located at /var/log/Xorg.0.log. That will help you dtermine exactly what part of your xorg.conf isn't getting the job done.
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Post your /etc/X11/XFree86Config file, or, if not there, your /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
Old 08-18-2005, 02:17 PM   #4
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i am having the same problem, but i'm using Ubuntu, and i have a i740 card. So my xorg.conf says the follow, and i appologize if i sent too much info, i am very new to Linux, and i'm not sure what part was needed. Also there is more than this in the file, it says the same for 8,15,16, and 24, but seeing as it was all the same....

Section "Device"
Identifier "Intel Corporation i740"
Driver "i740"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "DELL E171FPb"
Option "DPMS"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "Intel Corporation i740"
Monitor "DELL E171FPb"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 1
Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 4
Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480"

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen "Default Screen"
InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
InputDevice "Configured Mouse"

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
Old 08-18-2005, 02:25 PM   #5
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Read this and see if it helps:
Old 08-18-2005, 02:28 PM   #6
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Your screen resolution is not better because linux didn't recognize your video card. It defaulted to a generic vga. right? See what linux is telling you it sees for a video card. If you can't find the drivers, then a quick fix is to buy a cheapo video card, and disable the onboard one.

Good Luck
Old 08-18-2005, 02:35 PM   #7
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google for your computer/motherboard and find out what kind of onboard video it comes with.


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