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  1. #1

    Question [SOLVED] Display does not fill the screen

    Hello Forum.
    When viewing the Desktop, I am not able to see the last 3" (or so) of the screen.
    This problem occurred after I swapped out my Radeon X300 Graphics card with a PNY GeForce4 MX440se 64MB SDR PCI with TV-Out & RCA Video Card.

    I removed the PNY GeForce4 card and re-installed the Radeon X300 card then restarted the computer and that is when I noticed that the last 3" of the display was missing, as well as the "Screenlets" that I had on my desktop.

    I have searched the Linux Mint Forums and Posted this issue there. It was suggested that I search the xorg.conf Folder/Files and removed all that contained the entry Nvidia.
    This did not solve the issue and beyond that, I don't know what else to do.

    I am using Linux Mint 10 x86 on an AMD 64bit computer with 2 GIGs of RAM.
    If any further information is needed please let me know.

    Any help will be gratefully and enthusiastically accepted.

    [EDIT] I just thought of something else that may (or may not) be important.
    The Radeon X300 Graphics adapter that was originally installed in the computer when I installed Linux Mint 10 is a PCIE card while the PNY GeForce4 MX440se 64MB is a PCI card.
    Just thought I should add this information.
    Last edited by patriot56; 04-11-2011 at 05:57 PM. Reason: More information.....

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    Try going into system>administration>system monitor and manually adjust the setting to the proper resolution. Also try system>administration>additional drivers to make sure you have the proper driver loaded. Good luck!
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    Penguin of trust elija's Avatar
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    Does your monitor have an "auto-adjust" feature on it's configuration menus? This will sometimes sort out strangely sized displays
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    There's only one true answer my friend,
    It's Adam Bloody West!

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  5. #4
    Thank you for your responce.
    I tried to adjust the resolution manually-no joy.
    All that happens is that the resolution grows or shrinks as I change the resolution settings up or down. The bottom 3" of my screen is still black.
    Anything else that you can think of that I can try would be really appreciated.
    Thanks again mate.

  6. #5
    Thank you for the post. I tried your suggestion and selected the "auto-adjust" from the monitors configuration menu but it didn't work. I even reverted to "Factory Default" settings: that didn't work either.

    I believe that the problem lies in the Kernel. I think what happened was that when I switched the ATI video card with the Nvidia card the Kernel saw that there was a new video card in the machine and installed the drivers for it.
    The problem (I believe) is that when I switched back to the ATI card it somehow hosed the Kernel module for the video drivers. If that is even possible. I don't know, it's just a hunch. I am so new to Linux that very little of this makes any since to me.
    Thanks for your help.

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    Penguin of trust elija's Avatar
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    So we've eliminated a possible easier fix or two which is both good and bad!

    Run the following commands on the terminal and copy / paste the output here. The first one will show what graphics card is being picked up as in use, which should be your ATi
    lspci | grep -i vga
    and then we look at what drivers you have running with
    Should you be sitting wondering,
    Which Batman is the best,
    There's only one true answer my friend,
    It's Adam Bloody West!

    The Fifth Continent

  8. #7
    Here's the output from the lspci | grep -i vga command:
    lspci | grep -i vga
    05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV370 5B60 [Radeon X300 (PCIE)]
    And this is the output from the lsmod command:
    Module                  Size  Used by
    ufs                    73069  0 
    qnx4                    6877  0 
    hfsplus                71344  0 
    hfs                    41250  0 
    minix                  25303  0 
    ntfs                   95015  0 
    msdos                   6436  0 
    jfs                   171034  0 
    xfs                   693150  0 
    exportfs                3449  1 xfs
    reiserfs              225942  0 
    nls_iso8859_1           3261  2 
    nls_cp437               4931  2 
    vfat                    9201  2 
    fat                    48240  2 msdos,vfat
    binfmt_misc             6599  1 
    ipt_REJECT              2004  1 
    ipt_LOG                 4490  11 
    xt_limit                1394  7 
    xt_tcpudp               1927  7 
    ipt_addrtype            1611  4 
    dm_crypt               11385  0 
    xt_state                1014  6 
    snd_emu10k1_synth       5136  0 
    snd_emux_synth         29012  1 snd_emu10k1_synth
    snd_seq_virmidi         4193  1 snd_emux_synth
    snd_seq_midi_emul       5547  1 snd_emux_synth
    snd_usb_audio          86704  1 
    snd_emu10k1           131818  3 snd_emu10k1_synth
    snd_util_mem            3118  2 snd_emux_synth,snd_emu10k1
    snd_hwdep               5040  3 snd_emux_synth,snd_usb_audio,snd_emu10k1
    snd_intel8x0           25632  2 
    snd_ac97_codec         99227  2 snd_emu10k1,snd_intel8x0
    snd_usbmidi_lib        17413  1 snd_usb_audio
    ac97_bus                1014  1 snd_ac97_codec
    ip6table_filter         1275  1 
    ip6_tables             11764  1 ip6table_filter
    snd_pcm                71475  4 snd_usb_audio,snd_emu10k1,snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec
    snd_seq_midi            4588  0 
    snd_seq_midi_event      6047  2 snd_seq_virmidi,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                47174  5 snd_emux_synth,snd_seq_virmidi,snd_seq_midi_emul,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    nf_nat_irc              1168  0 
    nf_conntrack_irc        3348  1 nf_nat_irc
    snd_rawmidi            17783  4 snd_seq_virmidi,snd_emu10k1,snd_usbmidi_lib,snd_seq_midi
    snd_timer              19067  3 snd_emu10k1,snd_pcm,snd_seq
    nf_nat_ftp              1398  0 
    snd_seq_device          5744  5 snd_emu10k1_synth,snd_emu10k1,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq,snd_rawmidi
    nf_nat                 16289  2 nf_nat_irc,nf_nat_ftp
    nf_conntrack_ipv4      10783  8 nf_nat
    nf_defrag_ipv4          1117  1 nf_conntrack_ipv4
    gspca_sonixj           25836  0 
    nf_conntrack_ftp        5361  1 nf_nat_ftp
    nf_conntrack           63258  7 xt_state,nf_nat_irc,nf_conntrack_irc,nf_nat_ftp,nf_nat,nf_conntrack_ipv4,nf_conntrack_ftp
    gspca_main             23644  1 gspca_sonixj
    iptable_filter          1302  1 
    snd                    49006  23 snd_emux_synth,snd_seq_virmidi,snd_usb_audio,snd_emu10k1,snd_hwdep,snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_usbmidi_lib,snd_pcm,snd_seq,snd_rawmidi,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    psmouse                59033  0 
    ip_tables              10460  1 iptable_filter
    videodev               43098  1 gspca_main
    soundcore                880  1 snd
    x_tables               15921  10 ipt_REJECT,ipt_LOG,xt_limit,xt_tcpudp,ipt_addrtype,xt_state,ip6table_filter,ip6_tables,iptable_filter,ip_tables
    v4l1_compat            13359  1 videodev
    snd_page_alloc          7120  3 snd_emu10k1,snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
    serio_raw               4022  0 
    emu10k1_gp              1472  0 
    i2c_nforce2             5179  0 
    gameport                9327  2 emu10k1_gp
    joydev                  8735  0 
    ppdev                   5556  0 
    lp                      7342  0 
    parport_pc             26058  1 
    k8temp                  3132  0 
    parport                31492  3 ppdev,lp,parport_pc
    dm_raid45              81721  0 
    xor                    15136  1 dm_raid45
    btrfs                 489451  0 
    zlib_deflate           19266  1 btrfs
    crc32c                  2531  1 
    libcrc32c                887  1 btrfs
    usbhid                 36882  0 
    hid                    67742  1 usbhid
    radeon                825934  2 
    ttm                    56633  1 radeon
    drm_kms_helper         30200  1 radeon
    drm                   168054  4 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    firewire_ohci          21106  0 
    firewire_core          46643  1 firewire_ohci
    sata_nv                19420  0 
    crc_itu_t               1383  1 firewire_core
    pata_amd                8746  2 
    forcedeth              49433  0 
    floppy                 54311  0 
    agpgart                32011  2 ttm,drm
    i2c_algo_bit            5168  1 radeon
    usb_storage            40172  2
    By the way elija, thank you for such a quich response.
    I am currently at work so my response may be a little slow but I will respond as I have the opportunity.
    Last edited by MikeTbob; 04-17-2011 at 02:15 PM. Reason: Added Code Tags

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    Penguin of trust elija's Avatar
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    I can't see anything immediately wrong there; there don't appear to be any nvidia drivers lying around. I don't have an ATi card so I'm afraid that I may be a bit fuzzy on the details but the approach I would take if this happened with Nvidia is to:

    open a terminal and run the following commands
    cd /etc/X11
    sudo mv xorg.conf xorg.saved
    and then reboot. In the first command, that's a capital X and two ones. This will backup your display configuration and then the reboot will force Mint to use a default configuration. This won't be the proprietary drivers but will hopefully use the whole screen.

    I would then use the Nvidia control panel to configure things up again. I hope that ATi provide one of those as they do make things easy.

    This is kind of reaching the edges of my knowledge now, so hopefully a real guru will be along shortly
    Last edited by elija; 04-17-2011 at 03:04 PM.
    Should you be sitting wondering,
    Which Batman is the best,
    There's only one true answer my friend,
    It's Adam Bloody West!

    The Fifth Continent

  10. #9
    Thanks elija.
    I will give this a try and then post the results.
    If anything good has come from this it is that I am leaning Linux bits and pieces at a time. :o)

    I'll let you know what happens.

  11. #10
    I ran into a problem with the second command.
    When I executed the command, sudo my xorg.conf xorg.saved this is what I got:

    sudo: my: command not found

    Did I do something wrong? Do I need to do this as root?

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