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What was in the last big update...[SOLVED]

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:44 pm
by webtarget
A week ago or maybe two, there was an update and a lot of applications were upgraded.

After that, my desktop size became bigger than my physical screen and I can't see the edges. Not sure if anyone remembers this update. But, is there a way to find out what was in that update so I can try and figure out possibly how to roll back an update that I think is causing the issue?

I'm using LMDE 64 Mate. Using my Sharp TV 52" as the monitor and I have a AMD Radeon 6950.

Re: What was in the last big update...

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:46 pm
by cholq
In your update manager, you can see a list of previous updates. It is under the View menu -> History of Updates

Re: What was in the last big update...

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:52 pm
by webtarget
Perfect, thanks.

I can see that my flgrx driver was updated. That's probably what caused the issue.

Can you tell me how I can roll it back?

Re: What was in the last big update...

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:25 pm
by cholq
reverting to a previous version of a driver is outside of my area of expertise. I'll let someone else with a little more experience handle that part of your question.

Re: What was in the last big update...

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:49 am
by killer de bug
It was the release of Debian 8.3 (point release).

Various applications were updated (security and bug fixes).
https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20160123

Re: What was in the last big update...

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:31 am
by Pierre
like the windows system - you need to be running a dedicated program to "roll back"
otherwise, like the windows system, it's a remove & re-install scenario.

Re: What was in the last big update...

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:22 am
by webtarget
This is really unfortunate. It's quite annoying to work with the desktop edges off the screen.

I guess I'll have to re-install 8.2, then update everything except the video drivers. Seems like a lot, but, I had issues with my Citrix after installing Teamviewer. Purging Teamviewer and re-installing Citrix didn't fix it either and now I have to switch to Windows to log into work. So I guess this is one more reason to do a re-install.

Re: What was in the last big update...

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:07 am
by bvhoesel
Sound more like the TV is now set to 'overscan'. This is the normal behavior of TV's depending on the video signal is gets. Most used with DVD and BD disk players. It clips 'a few' pixels from the original image. See if you can set a 'computer' mode on your TV input. Or if you can disable scaling of the input.

Re: How to fix desktop that doesn't fit screen

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:08 pm
by webtarget
Thanks to the last post. Because of the overscan and continuing to google about it with other keywords, I figured it out. No re-install needed (which means my Citrix still won't work - dilemma's :)

Anyways, I installed the ATI/Radeon control panel and in Display Manager > HDTV > Predefined and Custom HDTV formats. Follow the instructions in the window and you'll end up adjusting the screen, which makes your desktop fit.

I also installed the fglrx drivers non-free for AMD before doing any of this. If you followed this whole thread, I'm basically implying that the 8.3 update is fine. But, you should install the control panel as well. It's in Synaptic Package Manager.