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    Max Resolution on Dell mini 10

    Hi I decided that i was going to try out Ubuntu on my netbook as i had once tried to install it on my ps3 i have never used linux prior to trying to install it on my ps3 and never really got anything to work other then boot it up and browse a little with firefox and so wanted to see how good it was on a netbook.

    I installed ubuntu 10.4 onto my dell mini 10 and used a distro that already had the drivers for the gma500 and the max resolution that i get is 1024x576 i can not take it to the max resolution that the laptop can do

    I was wondering if theirs anyway i can take it up to the max resolution i have googled alot and used the ubuntu google to try and fix the resolution but i cant figure out what i have to do or if i can make the gpu do the max resolution under ubuntu if it is at all possible.

    Poulsbo driver is already installed with the 2d and 3d on i just want the 720p resolution and then i think i will be able to migrate from windows to ubuntu using this netbook as a stop over learning tool

    Thanks alot guys i have already looked around alot and i dont understand some of the terms and what

    deb http:// etc stuff is so thanks again

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    Re: Max Resolution on Dell mini 10

    Hey, I can't figure out why you are unable to get an higher resolution but it could be due to the driver. Is the driver in your computer a open-source driver? If so try to uninstall it and installing the proprietary driver. If it works try to send the bug to the free driver developers!
    Hope it helps!

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    Re: Max Resolution on Dell mini 10

    Some of the Dell minis are equipped with screens that have the max resolution of 1024x576. If you want to go higher, an external screen would be required, but as HDMI output doesn't work with the current poulsbo driver available for 10.04, that's out of the question for now.

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    Re: Max Resolution on Dell mini 10

    thanks but mine can do the full 720p as thats what it was when it was on windows xp and how do i update the drivers to work with the full resolution are their terminal commands or should i use the synaptic package manager

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    Re: Max Resolution on Dell mini 10

    Here is the definitive source of information for GMA500 support in Ubuntu:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1229345

    If your physical screen resolution is 1024x576 then Ubuntu cannot make it go higher.

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    Re: Max Resolution on Dell mini 10

    Quote Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
    Here is the definitive source of information for GMA500 support in Ubuntu:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1229345

    If your physical screen resolution is 1024x576 then Ubuntu cannot make it go higher.
    Thanks for that i have managed to get to this part undernethath also when i try to save the file it says i do not have permission yet i am the only account

    Once rebooted open a terminal and make a back up of your xorg.conf file.(fresh install may have a null xorg.conf file this is normal and ok)

    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak
    When i try to add the contents below and save it wont let me the permissions problem but i made the back up no problem

    Open up your xorg.conf and add the below contents inside it.
    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Make the Section "Device" Look like this :

    Code:
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Configured Video Device"
    Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"
    Option "MigrationHeuristic" "greedy"
    EndSection

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    Re: Max Resolution on Dell mini 10

    Quote Originally Posted by 2die4uk View Post
    ...

    Open up your xorg.conf and add the below contents inside it.
    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Make the Section "Device" Look like this :

    Code:
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Configured Video Device"
    Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"
    Option "MigrationHeuristic" "greedy"
    EndSection
    The sudo nano ... command should open the file you want to edit with the right permissions, however, I rather doubt any of those options will give you 720p resolution, whatever that is. I've read about dell minis with the 1366x768 resolution, but wouldn't be surprised if the psb driver for Linux didn't support it.

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