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Old 11-04-2004, 12:52 PM   #1
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how to change my resolution

how do i change the resolution on mandrake 10.1 so that i dont have to scroll on the desktop.... how to i change it to where everything fits correctly?

-thanks in advance
Old 11-04-2004, 01:29 PM   #2
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Configure your system => Hardware => Screen Resolution. This is for 10.0. I would assume it's the same for 10.1.
Old 11-04-2004, 01:55 PM   #3
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thank you
Old 11-05-2004, 10:22 AM   #4
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Linux 8.2 Frequency Over Range

I'm very new to Linux.

I used 8.1 for about a year without any trouble installing or using the OS. However, because there were never any problems, I didn't learn much.

Now I'm trying out Mandrake Linux 8.2 a little old computer I've put together from spare parts.
I can get through the installation no problem.

The problem is that when the GUI begins to load I get a frequency over range on my monitor and can't see a thing after that.

I had the computer connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse with another computer on my 2 port KVM switch.

When I switch between screens I can get a short glimps of the Linux GUI before the over range kicks in, so I know the system is loaded and not locked up.

I have no idea where to go from here.

I've checked through several forums and couldn't find anything specific to my problem.

Please treat me like a 4 year old when your trying to explain the solution to me... I know nothing about linux.

Just wanted to add that I have tried isolating the system from the KVM switch to it's own monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

I've tried an ATI Mach64 VT, S3 Trio32, Trident SVGA cards without any change, except that Linux asks me what display to choose from each time.
(I'm testing out a bunch of old cards I just picked up.)

Last edited by resolute; 11-05-2004 at 12:34 PM.
Old 11-05-2004, 08:51 PM   #5
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When you get the black screen wait a minute or two, then hit [CTRL][ALT][F1] to flip to a text based root console.

Log in as root.

Then type in

service dm stop

This will stop the X windows display manager so you can make your changes.

Now type in


Which will give you a text based interface which permits you to try different drivers and resolutions.

Try different drivers and monitor combinations and run the TEST each time.

If you get a black screen during a test, wait about 11 seconds and the system will automatically return to text mode.

Keep trying until you get the rainbox colored "CAN YOU SEE THIS" prompt.

Never hit any key while after starting the test. Just wait.


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