I just bought an SSD and put Mint 18.3 on it. My second monitor ended up with black bars on the left and right. The picture wasn't squeezed between the bars, it was like the bars are painted over the image. No amount of playing in the settings or console could get it to work. They would go away on a lower resolution but always returned on 1920x1080. I've changed the video cable (vga) and ran the Auto set up on the monitor several times.
So I installed 17.3 on the SSD and it has the same problem. I am currently trying LMDE and it has the same issue. Only the 17.3 on the HDD works.
It turns out the drivers on the 'old' 17.3 are older than the drivers on the 'new' 17.3 disk image.
Old (working) version is x.org 1.15.1 drivers: ati,radeon GLX renderer: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RV530 GLX Version: 2.1 mesa 10.1.3
New (not working) x.org 1.16.4 drivers: ati,radeon GLX renderer: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RV530 GLX Version: 2.1 mesa 10.3.2
What is the procedure to roll back the x.org and mesa versions?
Yes I know this is a dinosaur of a PC but damned if I don't just love this thing and except for stuttery netflix it's done everything I've wanted it to do. Not one component has failed since new, if you can believe it. And the raptor drive I have Mint on boots it just as fast as the SSD, right to the second.
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mint@mint ~ $ inxi -Fxz System: Host: mint Kernel: 3.16.0-4-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.8.4) Desktop: MATE 1.16.1 (Gtk 3.14.5+4) Distro: LinuxMint 2 betsy Machine: Mobo: Gigabyte model: GA-M55PLUS-S3G Bios: Award v: F15B date: 10/22/2008 CPU: Dual core AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 svm) bmips: 4018 Clock Speeds: 1: 1000 MHz 2: 1000 MHz Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RV530 [Radeon X1600 XT/X1650 GTO] bus-ID: 02:00.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RV530 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.3.2 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card-1 NVIDIA MCP51 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:10.1 Card-2 Creative Labs SB Audigy2 Platinum driver: snd_emu10k1 port: 9000 bus-ID: 01:06.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.16.0-4-amd64 Network: Card: NVIDIA MCP51 Ethernet Controller driver: forcedeth port: e000 bus-ID: 00:14.0 IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: NA (-) ID-1: /dev/sda model: HP_SSD_M700_240G size: 240.1GB temp: 34C ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: USB_Flash_Drive size: 16.0GB temp: 0C Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 46.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 145 Uptime: 14 min Memory: 512.0/3964.2MB Init: SysVinit runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.9.2 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.301) inxi: 2.1.28 mint@mint ~ $