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Old 01-24-2002, 11:40 AM   #1
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Question Thinkpad Display resolution


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i installed rh 7.2 on my thinkpad.. successfully enabled dual boot with nt.. the resolution when running linux is very poor.. well not very.. but poor.. all colors show.. everything is there but the text looks like MICRON.. sort of techmicron i believe.. its just not clear.. does anyone know the settings that i should have for this display..

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Old 01-24-2002, 01:23 PM   #2
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What series and model of Thinkpad? You have to remember thinkpads went from 386sx's to yesterday's PIII. If you have the series and the model number, which can be found on the bottom of the machine, then you can track down all the TFT info from www.ibm.com. The graphics card info will also be helpful.

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Old 01-24-2002, 09:22 PM   #3
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after some more brosing and tooling around i find that it is the fonts inside mozilla that are the worst.. when i look around i see that most are ok for the laptop.. but inside mozilla i see that the are almost basic .. they are not rounded.. they are very low resolution... any ideas what to check?\

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Old 01-24-2002, 09:57 PM   #4
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Honestly, at the end of the file called XF86Config found in /etc/X11, there is a section labelled Display (or something like that). One of the entries is going to read

Default Depth

If its below 16, that's probably the problem. Depending on your card and your TFT, this can be either 16, 24, or 32, with a resolution of probably anything from 800x600 up to 1280x1024. However, in order to set that right you gotta find out what card is in it and what kind of TFT to make sure the rest of the XF86Config file is right. The autoconfigure utilites of RH setting X-windows are historic for guessing the settings of laptops wrong (its just much harder to do). All of this info is on the ibm website. I can find it for you really quick if you want, but I would have to have the model # from the machine. For instance, mine is a Thinkpad i1400 2454, with that last 4 digit number found on the bottom of the machine and what really narrows it down.

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Old 01-25-2002, 09:58 AM   #5
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yeah, you're gonna need to post the specs of your thinkpad before we can do any serious troubleshooting and make any suggestions.

if it's a newer model thinkpad A/T series, then chances are X doesn't support your vid card (i found this out the hard way). check out the thread i created on my thinkpad problems: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=12488.

if it's a newer model, you might wanna try funning xfree86 -configure (not sure if that's the exact command, but it's close) where you'll have to answer some questions about your preferred X setup.

i ran into some errors while trying to use this config method, so i just had to copy someone's XF86Config file who already had X working on my model thinkpad.

good luck with it! :-)
 
Old 01-25-2002, 03:03 PM   #6
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Syncrm,

Dude, have you tried the new XFree 4.2, as of a few days ago I think? I poked around to see if Radeon support has gotten better as well... I'm about the only one I know that prefers them to Nvidia chipsets. I think the new mobile cards may be supported now.

Cheers,

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Old 01-25-2002, 05:15 PM   #7
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Dude, have you tried the new XFree 4.2, as of a few days ago I think? I poked around to see if Radeon support has gotten better as well... I'm about the only one I know that prefers them to Nvidia chipsets. I think the new mobile cards may be supported now.
nope, when i downloaded the latest version of xfree the only linux binary available was 4.1. i'd love to try it out, but i *just* got X working, and i'm not about to start fiddling with it again. :-)
 
  


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