Re: laptop display
Mark Grieveson <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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"
> 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?
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