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[GIVEN UP] A greater screen resolution than LMDE thinks

Postby Microcord on Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:28 pm

I have a freshly installed LMDE Xfce on a Dell Mini 12 but don't know how to get its screen resolution right. Currently it's too low (and aspect ratio is wrong).

According to this page, the Dell has Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 500 and a resolution of 1280×800.

Settings | Display | Resolution presents only two options: 1024×768 and 800×600 (refresh rate is 61.0 Hz).

System Profiler and Benchmark | Operating System shows Linux 2.6.39-2-486 (i686)

System Profiler and Benchmark | Display shows
Monitor: Monitor 0: 1024×768 pixels
Display: Resolution: 1024×768 pixels; Vendor: The X.Org Foundation; Version: 1.10.2.902

If it's believed that the monitor itself is 1024×768 pixels, no wonder there's no display option for anything greater. So what might I do?
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Re: [GIVEN UP] A greater screen resolution than LMDE thinks

Postby Microcord on Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:33 am

Bodhi Linux immediately recognized the screen resolution. And so I replaced LMDE with Bodhi. Going from a Debian- to a Ubuntu-based distro seems like a step backward, but at least it works.

(I'd still be interested in an answer to this question, though.)
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Re: [GIVEN UP] A greater screen resolution than LMDE thinks

Postby dwainehead on Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:24 pm

although it's not exactly what you have it might help:

http://neurov.is/on/Increasing_Resolution_on_L520_in_Debian

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Re: [GIVEN UP] A greater screen resolution than LMDE thinks

Postby Microcord on Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:21 pm

Thanks! I'll keep the page in mind for if/when I give up on Bodhi and want to try LDME (or similar) again. (And, computer-irrelevantly, it promises to be a most interesting website.)
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Re: [GIVEN UP] A greater screen resolution than LMDE thinks

Postby badmofo12345 on Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:34 pm

I know this is done and over with now, but you could have modified/created an xorg.conf file and manually added the resolution you wanted.

Something like this:
Code: Select all
Section "Screen"
    Identifier    "Default Screen"
    Device        "[Insert Device Name from "Device" section above]"
    Monitor        "[Insert Monitor Name from "Monitor" section above]"
    DefaultDepth    16
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth        16
        Modes      "1280×800"
    EndSubSection
EndSection
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