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Old 07-04-2007, 12:53 AM   #1
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Hi Folks,
I'm new! since I upgraded Simply mepis to v 6.5 it will only let me run my Hurcules Radeon 9700 card at 1280x1024 which is too high on my small monitor. If I enter 1024x786 it just takes me back to the sign-in....

Can I get a driver to cure this, or is there a file I can edit? Do I install drives like any other program?? which I'm still not very good at!!!

Kind regards

Old 07-04-2007, 04:48 AM   #2
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The solution pretty surely lies in /etc/X11/xorg.conf which configures your X11 server. I myself have faced problems where changing resolution to a value that should work leads to X restart. It may be up to the display driver used, but I doubt..maybe you could start off with a blind hit by commenting out the line in xorg.conf section where it says something about option DPMS. Should be only one line. Write a # in front of the line, save, exit and restart your X (ctrl+alt+backscape), see if that helped. Also make sure that there is your desired resolution 1024x768 in the resolution lines presented in the file (one line per one colour depth, so it makes several lines). If it's missing, add it - it should be there already, though.

If commenting out the DPMS option line does not help, then take the # off from the beginning of the line so you're back where you started (so no further problems arise). This is just a though, nothing sure.
Old 07-07-2007, 10:50 AM   #3
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Hi bOuncer,
Thanks for your help with the above problem...
I found the answer in usr/share/doc/915res/debian. Which tells you about the different modes according to res and colour depth. This pointed me to etc/default/915res. Where I was able to set the mode (54) and the res to 1024x768 and the refresh rate which at 61Hz was driving me mad..

And the next problem my machine as started too hang, and ctrl+alt+bakspace, will not even work!! Have a broken it??

Other then that I am beginning to enjoy Linux, managed to download and install a coulpe of programs, so who knows.

Many thanks to all, I could still do with a bit of help yet.



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