[Solved] Fix old crappy notebook screen driver/resolution

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[Solved] Fix old crappy notebook screen driver/resolution

Post by vansloneker » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:05 am

A friend gave me a worn out notebook. The fan was dead, a hinge is broken and the windows key and 'F' key changed places.
Basically, it's due to be scrapped, but I managed to tinker in the fan of a previously scrapped notebook and put in 2 512MB memory modules totalling a hefty 1GB :lol:
I might find a fix for the hinge too.

Starting from the live stick first I had a lost deskbar. It took me a while to find out it was set at 1280x768 where the native resolution is 1280x720. That changed it runs pretty well from the live CDUSB. It's good enough for some internet browsing and email checking. I may want to use it on some trips where it can provide me with a private environment for my mail and sites, but not a big loss if something happens to it.

So I installed it with Mint 18.3/32 XFCE.
At first boot, it loaded at 640x480, without a possibility to change it. Looking in the driver manager there was the option of installing cpu microcode which I did. After rebooting it was set a 1280x768. I was able to set the resolution to 1280x720. At the next boot however it was set at 640x480 again, and unable to change it, as if no driver has been loaded.
And so for the following boots.

There probably will be solution to get it back to 1280x720?


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System:    Host: xxodd Kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic i686 (32 bit)
           Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   System: MiTAC (portable) product: Notebook PC v: VT6363A
           Mobo: MiTAC model: Notebook PC v: VT6363A
           Bios: Phoenix v: R1.03 date: 02/06/2007
CPU:       Single core Intel Celeron M 430 (-UP-) cache: 1024 KB
           speed: 1729 MHz (max)
Graphics:  Card: VIA CN896/VN896/P4M900 [Chrome 9 HC]
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: fbdev (unloaded: vesa)
           Resolution: 640x480@73.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 4.0, 128 bits)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.7
Audio:     Card VIA VT8237A/VT8251 HDA Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: ALSA v: k4.10.0-38-generic
Network:   Card-1: VIA VT6102/VT6103 [Rhine-II] driver: via-rhine
           IF: enp0s18 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full
           mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
           driver: ath5k
           IF: wlp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 80.0GB (11.3% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: FUJITSU_MHW2080B size: 80.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 31G used: 5.1G (18%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.15GB used: 0.05GB (2%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 60.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 171 Uptime: 16 min Memory: 281.5/741.0MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35
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Re: Fix old crappy notebook screen driver/resolution

Post by administrollaattori » Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:16 pm

vansloneker wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:05 am
There probably will be solution to get it back to 1280x720?
Yes. :wink:
How to use vesa graphic driver -> viewtopic.php?f=42&t=266554&p=1449844#p1449844

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Re: Fix old crappy notebook screen driver/resolution

Post by vansloneker » Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:41 am

Thanks very much!
Amazingly, the driver in xorg.conf.new was vesa.
So I feared it might not work. But it did, at least for so far.
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