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Old 06-04-2005, 01:30 PM   #1
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Problems with Audio & Video

Hi all!
I am a newbie on Linux World but I really loved the Mepis distro. Although, as I am a real beginner, I have some problems configuring everything. I want to start telling you that I am using a laptop Dell pc with this components:
Intel Pentium centrino 1,7 GHz
1GB Ram
Video Card : Ati Radeon Mobile 128MB
Sound Card : Internal unknown (the OS says it is an Intel one)
Internal 56K Modem, with Broadcom chipset

First of all I'd like to solve the Video Problems. Actually I am not able to configure the KDE desktop setting at 1680*1050 pixel. I can find this configuration in the Mepis conf window, but then I cannot change the value of resolution in KDE desktop settings because it says that there are not installed the Resize and Rotate "part" of KDE (although I can see their packages in the list of the installed packages!)

With the sound cards, it seems to work but it is not possible to configure it to play midi files, and when I listen to a Mp3 file the sound is very very low and dirty (I simply can't listen to them like in Windows!!!! even if I change the Eq values).

Somebody, in another post, told me that with Mepis there are particular tools to connect with ISDN modems, but I really cannot find them in the menus. Are them not installed with the Default installation?

This is All,
Thank You Very Much

Roberto, Italy
Old 06-05-2005, 10:48 PM   #2
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Hi robgenna and welcome to Linux,
about your sound card... just a guess but I would bet i810 chipset.
About your video problem with a resolution of 1680*1050, you have to write the modeline in your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file in the section monitor. U have to check back on the internet ( go to and check what other did with your model of laptop). a quick search yield that:
# 1680x1050 @ 60.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 65.22 kHz; pclk: 147.14 MHz
Modeline "1680x1050" 147.14 1680 1784 1968 2256 1050 1051 1054 1087
# 1680x1050 @ 75.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 82.20 kHz; pclk: 188.07 MHz
Modeline "1680x1050" 188.07 1680 1800 1984 2288 1050 1051 1054 1096
# 1680x1050 @ 85.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 93.76 kHz; pclk: 214.51 MHz
Modeline "1680x1050" 214.51 1680 1800 1984 2288 1050 1051 1054 1103
# 1680x1050 @ 100.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 111.20 kHz; pclk: 256.20 MHz
Modeline "1680x1050" 256.20 1680 1808 1992 2304 1050 1051 1054 1112
(if you don't konw choose the one at 60hz and after edit your screen section accordingly)

does it help?

About the sound problem we would need more information: u use alsa? oss? which player?
if you don't know can u check cat /proc/asound/version? also... send the output of lspci can be useful to make sure of your sound card.


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