LinuxMint Xfce is not using my full laptop screen.

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colski
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LinuxMint Xfce is not using my full laptop screen.

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I was having a login loop and couldn't log in to Linux Mint 19.2 xfce on my old sony vaio laptop following a brand new install on a new hard drive. I was given advise to edit a file to add nomodeset at the boot up. By doing this I was able to login after entering my password instead of reverting back each time to the login screen again.

So I am now able to get into linuxmint and see the desktop etc. Yeah!!!

Unfortunately Linuxmint does not go full screen on the laptop. There is a heavy black border of about 3cm on the left and right of the desktop display and also a black border of about 1cm top and bottom of the desktop display.

My mouse will not even go into these black borders. It just goes up to the point where the black edges start. For some reason the laptop and/or Linuxmint think my laptop screen is quite a lot smaller than it really is.

How can I make Linuxmint recognise 100% of the available laptop screen?

(When I did a trial run of linuxmint 19.2 xfce using a usb before installing proper, linuxmint recognised all of the available screen area on my laptop. Maybe nomodeset has interferred with something and I now need to correct this somehow whilst still allowing me to login etc.

Please help if you know what I need to do.

Thanks.
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Re: LinuxMint Xfce is not using my full laptop screen.

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Hi colski.

Two things to look at here. If the nomodeset parameter was necessary to get in, that usually indicates a graphics driver issue (using nVidia?) In the Menu, select System > Driver Manager and see if there's a recommended driver to install. If so, install it then reboot and you're resolution might be fixed.

Secondly, open Menu > Settings > Display and see if you have a larger resolution available there.

Hope that helps.
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Re: LinuxMint Xfce is not using my full laptop screen.

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Many thanks for the quick reply.

Firstly, I went into Driver Manager and after entering my password it updated the cache. Once complete the Driver Manager window was empty and all it says at the botton is "No proprietary drivers are in use".

In the Settings > Display screen I only currently have once resolution choice and this is 1024 x 768 which is selected as a default.

So unfortunately it doesn't look like the solution is quite so simple. Do you think there is a driver I can download that would handle this whole issue?

Thanks.
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Re: LinuxMint Xfce is not using my full laptop screen.

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colski wrote:
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:04 pm
Do you think there is a driver I can download that would handle this whole issue?
Possibly. Let's see the output of inxi -Fxz and we'll see what can be done.
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Re: LinuxMint Xfce is not using my full laptop screen.

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Here you are Sir. It doesn't mean a great deal to me at the moment:

colin@colin-PCG-K35-UC:~$ inxi -Fxz
System:
Host: colin-PCG-K35-UC Kernel: 4.15.0-54-generic i686 bits: 32
compiler: gcc v: 7.4.0 Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 Distro: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina
base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: Sony product: PCG-K35(UC) v: C100LEX1
serial: <filter>
Mobo: Sony model: Q-Project v: 02 serial: <filter> BIOS: Phoenix
v: R0105X3 date: 10/26/2004
Battery:
ID-1: BAT1 charge: 43.5 Wh condition: 43.5/59.2 Wh (74%)
model: Sony Corp. PCGA-BP2NX status: Charging
CPU:
Topology: Single Core model: Mobile Intel Pentium 4 bits: 32 type: MCP
arch: Netburst Smithfield rev: 1 L2 cache: 1024 KiB
flags: pae sse sse2 sse3 bogomips: 6113
Speed: 3059 MHz min/max: 1862/3059 MHz Core speed (MHz): 1: 3059
Graphics:
Device-1: AMD RS200M [Radeon IGP 330M/340M/345M/350M] vendor: Sony
driver: N/A bus ID: 01:05.0
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: ati,fbdev
unloaded: modesetting,radeon,vesa resolution: 1024x768~76Hz
OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 8.0 128 bits) v: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.2
direct render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: ULi M5451 PCI AC-Link Audio vendor: Sony driver: snd_ali5451
v: kernel bus ID: 00:04.0
Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.15.0-54-generic
Network:
Device-1: ULi M7101 Power Management [PMU] vendor: Sony
type: network bridge driver: ali1535_smbus v: N/A port: 8400
bus ID: 00:06.0
Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR5212/5213/2414 Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: AMBIT Microsystem driver: ath5k v: kernel port: 8400
bus ID: 00:09.0
IF: wlp0s9 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-3: Realtek RTL-8100/8101L/8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
vendor: Sony driver: 8139too v: 0.9.28 port: 9000 bus ID: 00:12.0
IF: enp0s18 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 74.53 GiB used: 7.63 GiB (10.2%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Hitachi model: HTS541680J9AT00 size: 74.53 GiB
Partition:
ID-1: / size: 72.86 GiB used: 7.63 GiB (10.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 54.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
Processes: 132 Uptime: 28m Memory: 933.9 MiB used: 241.4 MiB (25.8%)
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.4.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.19
inxi: 3.0.32
colin@colin-PCG-K35-UC:~$
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Re: LinuxMint Xfce is not using my full laptop screen.

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Oh my! I had no idea we were talking about such an ancient system.

You running under Software rendering right now, which may get fixed if the right drivers get loaded. This is the section we're concerned with:

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Graphics:
  Device-1: AMD RS200M [Radeon IGP 330M/340M/345M/350M] vendor: Sony
  driver: N/A bus ID: 01:05.0
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: ati,fbdev
  unloaded: modesetting,radeon,vesa resolution: 1024x768~76Hz
  OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 8.0 128 bits) v: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.2
  direct render: Yes
I would assume the radeon driver would help, but this isn't an area I'm well versed in. The driver is already in the kernel, but for some reason it's not loaded, and I don't know how to change that.

We'll need to wait for someone that is good with graphics issues to help further. I can only hope this is solvable, but you might be better off with a really lightweight distro on that machine.
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