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Re: laptop display

Mark Grieveson <dg135@torfree.net> wrote:

> > Hello.  I just installed Debian Etch on an old laptop (IBM Thinkpad 
> > 770).  It works okay, but the image is half the screen size.  It's a 
> > centred box within the larger screen.  How do I make it full size?  I 
> > tried "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg", thinking that changing the 
> > resolution might help, but, it did not help. I suspect it's something 
> > to do with the laptop.  This is the first laptop I've ever had.  All 
> > suggestions are appreciated.
> >
> > Mark 
> Thanks for the answers I've gotten.  I did look on the internet, and 
> found a manual for the Thinkpad 770, which suggested pressing Fn-F8 (Fn 
> is this keyboard's mod4).  This worked with the initial bootup text, 
> which became fullscreen, but once the xserver started, it went back to 
> being a smaller square.  I'm going to see if changing the resolution 
> would help.  It's currently set at 800X600.

You might also need to change a setting in the BIOS.
> The file /etc/X11/xorg.conf, reads:
> Section "Screen"
> Identifier "Default Screen"
> Device "Trident Microsystems Cybyer 9397"
> Monitor "Generic Monitor"
> Default Depth 24
> Subsection "Display"
> Depth 24
> Modes "1024X768" "800X600" "640X480"
> EndSubSection
> I use either Gnome, or Ion3.  In the Gnome screen resolution 
> preferences, there is no option for 1024X768, however.  Further, I feel 
> that full screen display should not matter on whether "1024X768", 
> "800X600", or "640X480" modes are used.  However, when, in Gnome, I 
> change the resolution from "800X600" to "640X480", it also changes the 
> display size of the square, along with with size within the square.
> Trying dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg doesn't work.  It doesn't allow 
> changes to screen resolution, and, any changes I make are overridden anyway.

Very important: did you edit the file xorg.conf?

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
(Albert Einstein)

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