OTOH, I finally got the sound "turned up" to almost normal Windows volume after learning various ALSA commands.
But today took the cake! I booted as normal, a full-sized Mint login screen with login sound effects, followed by a reduced-size 1024x768 desktop after login. I went to gnome-display-properties and waited until it recognized the monitor and changed resolution, then went about my work. It wasn't till much later that I noticed the sound wasn't working at all.
I executed "alsamixer -c0" but found all was turned up, found out the scroll wheel on the laptop didn't display on the screen as normal, gave up and started doing the usual Windows reboot till everything starts working right. Finally--and I don't know why--the sound started working, although gnome-display-properties blew away my 1280x800 changes to the xorg.conf file. More research on the net found little concrete as most (all?) were specific to KDE or a different video or sound card.
So here's my question, gurus, and I hope you can help or point me in the right direction. What the heck do I have to do get the video correct (1280x800 and 16:10 ratio) and KEEP it? What the heck happened to my sound today? Do I need to do something "fancier" in xorg.conf or is something else controlling screen resolution?
My xorg.conf looks like this:
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Section "Device" Identifier "Configured Video Device" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "Configured Monitor" EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Default Screen" Monitor "Configured Monitor" Device "Configured Video Device" SubSection "Display" Virtual 1280 800 EndSubSection EndSection Section "ServerFlags" Option "DontZap" "False" EndSection
Any help is appreciated.