I have a new build with an I7-8700 on a Gigabyte Z370 HD3P board. It has essentially the same problem as detailed in: "Monitor resolution increase not allowed" see: viewtopic.php?f=59&t=260995&p=1410574&h ... t#p1410574 (in my case the default monitor resolution of 1024x768 is the ONLY one allowed). The solution for that problem was to install the 4.15.0-041500rc6-generic kernel. However, that solution was valid for the 'main edition' of mint, and my understanding is that LMDE Betsy2 is based on a different enough kernel that installing this 4.15 kernel would be a reckless idea, at least without more confirming information. The fix seems to be well understood as detailed in: viewtopic.php?f=59&t=260995&p=1410574&h ... t#p1410574 and is related to using the kernel flag: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="i915.alpha_support=1 quiet splash" which for the kernel I'm using: 3.16.0-5-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.51-3+deb8u1 (2018-01-08) x86_64 GNU/Linux has no effect (the actual fix activacted is probably much newer). In any case my question is will this fix for the on-board i7-8700 UHD graphics 630 be backported into a LMDE Betsy2 kernel any time soon? Is there a firmware patch already released as a .deb that I'm not aware of? I'd hate to buy a graphics card days ahead of a patch release. If anyone has ANY information about this, or has somehow found a hack around it I'd love to hear from you.
Finally figured this one out (lots of log file study and reading). The solution that works for me (I have simple graphics needs - obviously, as this is for motherboard graphics) is to force the use of the vesa driver by using Xorg. It had been some years since I had to look at Xorg, and it seems to have moved to the files at: /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d I found a good example of what I needed done at: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/xorg about a third of the way down the page. The example file was named: /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-monitor.conf (this is for archlinux). I changed the DefaultDepth (and Depth) from 16 to 24 and put in the resolution (only) that I needed by changing "1024x768_75.00" to "1600x1200". I now have the native resolution of my screen, without a graphics card or a new or revised kernel. I hope this will be of some help to interested readers who might be stuck at 1024x768.
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