<SOLVED> Small part of left screen is missing

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Fred Barclay
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<SOLVED> Small part of left screen is missing

Postby Fred Barclay » Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:26 am

Hi mates. I've got a fresh installation of Betsy 64-bit Cinnamon on my new machine (yay! I'm marginally closer to a modern computer!), and the left edge of my screen isn't show. It's like the graphics are slightly too big for my monitor. For instance, almost all of the first characters of each line in a terminal are missing.
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Here's my system info:

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$ inxi -GFxz
System:    Host: <redacted> Kernel: 4.9.0-0.bpo.3-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.9.2)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.2.7 (Gtk 3.14.5+4) Distro: LinuxMint 2 betsy
Machine:   System: Dell product: OptiPlex 790 v: 01
           Mobo: Dell model: 0J3C2F v: A00 Bios: Dell v: A05 date: 05/28/2011
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i5-2500 (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 26340
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1599 MHz 2: 1599 MHz 3: 1600 MHz 4: 1599 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1366x768@59.79hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Desktop GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.3.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.9.0-0.bpo.3-amd64
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: 3080 bus-ID: 00:19.0
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: D-Link System DWA-140 RangeBooster N Adapter(rev.B2) [Ralink RT3072]
           driver: rt2800usb v: 2.3.0 usb-ID: 002-005
           IF: wlan0 state: up speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (4.3% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD5000AZLX size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 39G used: 6.8G (19%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-2: /home size: 145G used: 14G (10%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 39.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 179 Uptime: 4 min Memory: 398.2/7867.0MB Init: SysVinit runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.9.2
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.301) inxi: 2.1.28


I've tried updating my kernel from 3.16 to the latest available in backports, 4.9.
There was also an AMD Radeon graphics card attached, which I was not using, but I've since removed it with no change.

Any ideas? I feel like it's something to do with my resolution, but that's all Greek to me and I'd appreciate some guidance before messing with (or messing up) my Xorg.conf file. :)

Thanks!
Fred
Last edited by Fred Barclay on Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:48 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Small part of left screen is missing

Postby Penn » Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:37 pm

Since it is OptiPlex I am assuming this is a desktop. The one time I had something similar happen (it was the top of the screen, not the left) the issue was with the monitor. If you go into the settings on the actual monitor you may be able to resize the display or if it has an automatic feature just use that but make sure you have a window open in fullscreen. That same monitor would need resizing if I swapped it between computers but I didn't need to if I had it on a KVM for some reason.

Congrats on the new machine.

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Re: Small part of left screen is missing

Postby richyrich » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:25 pm

Penn wrote:... If you go into the settings on the actual monitor you may be able to resize the display ...


+1 :)

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Re: <SOLVED> Small part of left screen is missing

Postby Fred Barclay » Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:58 pm

Awesome, Penn! I didn't know these monitor settings could be directly changed... guess I've been using laptops too long. :)
It's a desktop, at long last! I've got Firefox, Chrome, and a Windows 7 VM running and I can't notice any delay. Things just load immediately - I'm having to pinch myself every so often to make sure it's not a dream! (There is an audio problem, but another post for that.)

For anyone else with a similar problem, these are the exact steps I used for my Acer G185H monitor:
1) Press the second-from-left button on the bottom right of the monitor (under the edge - you probably won't see it at first) to bring up the menu.
2) It should be below "AUTO". Press it again.
3) Wait a few seconds, and the display should resize itself correctly.
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