[TriLUG] "The Linux Experience" at Dell, a tale of woe and wow. VERY LONG
porter at trilug.org
Wed Aug 29 16:40:55 EDT 2007
Douglas A. Whitfield wrote:
> I love my ubuntu Dell laptop, but it had some resolution issues out of the
> box. I was able to get that fixed, but that broke the video (as in codec
> related). It's watchable now, but not great.
Some Dell laptops have a known video BIOS problem where X11 can probe
for available resolution settings, and it fails to report the native LCD
resolution. So instead, your fancy 1400x1050 display gets stuck showing
a 1024x768 image. Fortunately, there is a run-time hack called
"855resolution" that allows you to stuff your own custom values into the
video BIOS shadow RAM.
If this was your problem, then drop me a line.
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