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Old 05-15-2003, 03:49 PM   #1
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tunnel vision

I have installed Topologilinux (a flavour of Slackware) on my IBM Thinkpad R30. When I start up KDE my display is shrunken down to the middle of the screen so that I have only a very small view in the centre and huge unused screen all around it.
How on earth do I expand it so that I can use all of my screen??

During the boot-up display, I CAN see the whole screen. It's just when I start something like KDE or GNOME that it messes up. Is this because XF86Config is badly configured?

I have this in my file:

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Card0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 1
SubSection "Display"
Depth 4
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
SubSection "Display"
Depth 15
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24

I tried adding a Modes "1024x768" line under Depth 24 but that screwed up and I couldn't start x.

Old 05-15-2003, 04:13 PM   #2
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never had this problem but since no one else has jumped in yet...

It has to be X. So, have you run:

It should then take you thru an interactive program that will allow you to make adjustments to X. It may take some fiddeling and you will need to be very aware of all the important display properties of your video card/ should find a suitable config from there.
Old 10-02-2003, 03:54 PM   #3
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topologilinix screen the size of a postcard

I have this problem with the screen becoming tiny, also, and don't know how to fix it. Otherwise program seems OK. What are cheatcodes and where do you find them?
Old 10-02-2003, 08:33 PM   #4
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Exit X and run 'xf86config' from a console. This will set up a working X configuration file for you. You can then modify this file to better suit your needs, but at least it will give you a working full-screen setup.
I haven't run your distro, but this came up on my dad's laptop a while back and this fixed his.

Last edited by canon; 10-02-2003 at 08:34 PM.
Old 10-02-2003, 08:47 PM   #5
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that sounds really fun. trippy. w00t!

but yes, i believe canon is correct. gj


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