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johanna
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original resolutions gone

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I have a very old Acer Aspire 3000 laptop:

(Processor / Chipset
CPU AMD Mobile Sempron 3000+ / 1.8 GHz
Cache L2 - 128 KB
Chipset Type SiSM760GX
Memory
Max Supported Size
2 GB
Technology :DDR SDRAM
Speed 333 MHz / PC2700 - 333 MHz
RAM
Memory Speed: 333 MHz
Memory Specification Compliance:PC2700
Technology: DDR SDRAM
Installed Size: 256 MB
Rated Memory Speed: 333 MHz
Display
XGA Color TFT with 1024x768 pixel resolution
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Monitor Features :CrystalBrite
Diagonal Size (metric): 9.1cm
Display Resolution Abbreviation: XGA

Audio & Video
Graphics Processor :
SiS Mirage 2
Memory Allocation Technology :shared video memory (UMA)
Sound :Stereo speakers, microphone

Hard Drive
Type:HDD
Capacity:40 GB
Processor
CPU Type:Mobile Sempron )

I have run several Iinux mint distros on it for quite a few years now. I changed it recently to Mint 17 as it started to play up. Since then the resolutions have gone wrong. The laptop is supposed to have 1245x768 pixels, but it only shows 640x480 pixels now. I have tried several lightweight distros(at least 6) on it, to see if they make a difference, but everything is still too big for the screen. There is no option to change it to the original one. Any suggestions what I can do? Or is the graphics card faulty? Thank you in advance, Regards, Johanna

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Re: original resolutions gone

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johanna wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:42 am
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Mint 17 goes end-of-life in a few months, so i'm not really sure it worths starting with such at this point...i'd probably start with 18.
For 17, you could probably try installing xserver-xorg-video-sis & see if that makes a difference after rebooting.
For 18, you have 2 workarounds: here's the first one, which is rather easy to use...
and here's the second one, which is somewhat more involved.
The second one can also be used under 17 if you want (which i still would not recommend for reasons explained above),
and a more detailed write-up / fine-tuning for such exists here.

Those need a bit of error&trial to get them right, so i'd recommend making backups before starting tweaking.

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Re: original resolutions gone

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Thank you soooo much for your reply. I did know the support for 17 finished, but changed from 18 as it wasn't running so well. The poor old machine still does its upmost and it gets mainly used for the grandchildren when they come to visit (they play games)
I actually have Lubuntu 18.04 on this machine at the moment, so hopefully your 2n option might work.
The Acer is 32bit though, but I will have a try; thank you again, I will let you know wether it worked or not. Happy new year :-)

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