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I have an old Dell Latitude LS P3-500 256mb ram, 20gb HD, detached media bay. Used to be a great little laptop 5/6 years ago. I have Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy) ...
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    screen resolution or default window resize?


    I have an old Dell Latitude LS P3-500 256mb ram, 20gb HD, detached media bay. Used to be a great little laptop 5/6 years ago. I have Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy) installed and updated. I have configured the video card with gkDebconf, the screen resolution is still the same 800x600 w/24bit depth @72hz. or 640x480. I know the screens is a Samsung LTN 121S6-T01 and I know that the specs resolution is 800x600 svga. I have had this laptop running 1024x768 w/24bit depth @72hz with
    Win98/XP, Mandrake 9.2, xandros 2.0/3.0. I would like to get 1024x768 again with
    Ubuntu. If that isn't possible I am looking for a fix to resize the windows to open in a default size and a defaultlocation small enough to fit on a 12.1 inch screen. Currently @ 800x600 16 bits @72hz I can drag a 6inch by 6 inch approximately
    5 inches off either side and more than 6 inches off the bottom. My problem really is "Some windows open larger than my screen and I am unable or the window is set to not allow resizing, thus the control buttons are off screen." Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, Darrell

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    take a look in /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    post it

    also, post what video card you have. if you dont know post what you get from

    lspci

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    Sorry, I forgot the video card. It is a Neomagic magicmedia 256AV with 2.5 MB . I have already edited the xorg,conf modelines to display the resolutions I am wanting still no option other than 800x600 and 640x480. I have also used gkDebconf to configure the video card. This allowed me to change the refresh rate but not the resolution. I'm thinking there is another conf file or gui setting the choices displayed in the screen resolution utility. Also I still would like to set the default size of new windows when they open. perhaps this is only a quirk of Ubuntu, but unlike windoze when you close a resized window and then open another program with a resized window it defaults to the size of the last window closed not ubuntu it doesn't remember the size of the last window. Thanks, Darrell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darrell3457
    I have already edited the xorg,conf modelines to display the resolutions I am wanting still no option other than 800x600 and 640x480. I have also used gkDebconf to configure the video card. This allowed me to change the refresh rate but not the resolution.
    Do you think you could edit the xorg.conf file by hand instead of using gkDebconf? Most of the time what I do is not specify the horizontal and vertical refresh rates, which pretty much allows X11 to decide what they are on the fly. Also, what driver is X11 using?
    I'm thinking there is another conf file or gui setting the choices displayed in the screen resolution utility.
    Nah, xorg.conf is the only file you should need to configure. GNOME has a small utility that allows you to change the resolution, but it still needs to have xorg.conf configured properly.

    Also I still would like to set the default size of new windows when they open. perhaps this is only a quirk of Ubuntu, but unlike windoze when you close a resized window and then open another program with a resized window it defaults to the size of the last window closed not ubuntu it doesn't remember the size of the last window.
    This I don't know how to do. I've never noticed it, but then again most windows fit pretty well on my screen, so I generally don't have to.
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    I have edited the Xorg.conf directly, still no change. The installed driver is neomagic NM2200. Here is my xorg.conf

    # /etc/X11/xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the /etc/X11/xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man /etc/X11/xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    # sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

    Section "Files"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/misc"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/Type1"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc"
    # path to defoma fonts
    FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
    EndSection

    Section "Module"
    Load "bitmap"
    Load "dbe"
    Load "ddc"
    Load "dri"
    Load "extmod"
    Load "freetype"
    Load "glx"
    Load "int10"
    Load "type1"
    Load "v4l"
    Load "vbe"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
    Driver "kbd"
    Option "CoreKeyboard"
    Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option "XkbLayout" "us"
    Option "XkbOptions" "lv3:ralt_switch"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Configured Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "CorePointer"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
    Driver "synaptics"
    Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
    Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
    Option "HorizScrollDelta" "0"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Driver "wacom"
    Identifier "stylus"
    Option "Device" "/dev/wacom" # Change to
    # /dev/input/event
    # for USB
    Option "Type" "stylus"
    Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4" # Tablet PC ONLY
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Driver "wacom"
    Identifier "eraser"
    Option "Device" "/dev/wacom" # Change to
    # /dev/input/event
    # for USB
    Option "Type" "eraser"
    Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4" # Tablet PC ONLY
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Driver "wacom"
    Identifier "cursor"
    Option "Device" "/dev/wacom" # Change to
    # /dev/input/event
    # for USB
    Option "Type" "cursor"
    Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4" # Tablet PC ONLY
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "MagicMedia 256AV"
    Driver "neomagic"
    BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    VideoRam 2496
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Samsung LTN121S6-T01"
    Option "DPMS"
    HorizSync 33-85
    VertRefresh 50-100
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    Device "MagicMedia 256AV"
    Monitor "Samsung LTN121S6-T01"
    DefaultDepth 16
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 1
    Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 4
    Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 8
    Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 15
    Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 16
    Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    EndSection

    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "Default Layout"
    Screen "Default Screen"
    InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
    InputDevice "Configured Mouse"
    InputDevice "stylus" "SendCoreEvents"
    InputDevice "cursor" "SendCoreEvents"
    InputDevice "eraser" "SendCoreEvents"
    InputDevice "Synaptics Touchpad"
    EndSection

    Section "DRI"
    Mode 0666
    EndSection

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    I had to change the modelines with gedit.

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    Well, have you tried using hte "vesa" driver? There might be something wrong with the "neomagic" one. Also, comment out the HorizSync and VertRefresh lines, if those aren't correct it can cause some resolution issues.
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