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    Screen Blurry/Fuzzy

    Hi folks,

    Hoping someone can help me with a rather annoying problem that has occurred with ubuntu and now xubuntu.

    I have a Fujitsu Amilo Li705 that is about 5 (maybe older) years old,which shipped with vista basic, 1gb ram, 1.7 processor. It has been sitting in a cupboard for the best part of 12 months but I need another computer so decided to resurrect it.

    I took off all the photos, files etc that I needed as I did not want to run a dual boot as I have no need for vista (who does?!), all the software I need is available for linux. Therefore, I was going to so a complete installation over writing any previous data.

    I have used xubuntu in the past on an old netbook and was really pleased with it but I thought I would like to try ubuntu for a change as the machine met the minimum requirements. I struggled to get the live cd to run, after some research I used the "xforcevesa" switch which got me in, but when I used the live CD the screen looked, what can only be described as blurry/fuzzy in places, predominately on text but also in general.

    Anyway, I decided to go ahead and install anyway, hoping the full installation would not have this issue. However, it did still have the issue, it was also extremely slow, unresponsive and the fan was constantly running. I did some research on this and I altered resolution to no avail, I then came up with the solution of installing compbiz so I could disable the effects, then I thought what is the point? If I am not going to have the effects I may as well stick with trusty xubuntu.

    I downloaded xubuntu and tested the disk on a different machine, and all was fine. When I tried on my laptop I needed to use the xforcevesa again to get into the live disk, the screen was blurry again, but I decided to go ahead and install anyway as I had nothing to lose.

    Once I installed it, I ran all the updates and added restricted extras but the screen still remained fuzzy. Here are a few pictures to illustrate, in fairness the pictures doesn't do it justice as it is a lot worse than it looks but thought they may help diagnose the problem.
    http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/s...3-12070111.jpg
    http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/s...3-12070048.jpg
    http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/s...3-12070015.jpg

    I suspected a resolution issue but have tried every available option to no avail, I also thought it may be a graphics driver issue but I think it uses viachrome9 which I believe is already in xubuntu?

    Also, I have no idea if related or not but the fan is running all the time, not as loud as when I had ubuntu on it but still noticeable.

    I would really appreciate any help that you can give me, I do have limited experience with linux, so understand the very basics but apologies in advance if I haven't made any sense. If you need further information please let me know!

    Thanks again

    Craig

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    Re: Screen Blurry/Fuzzy

    I meant to add, I tried fiddling with the font (alias) settings to no avail!

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    Re: Screen Blurry/Fuzzy

    first you will need to post exact GPU.

    lshw

    and

    lspci

    should do the job. then continue from there on.
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
    User friendly disk backup: Redobackup

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    Re: Screen Blurry/Fuzzy

    Thank you for replying. I am in work now, but will post this evening.

    I am assuming I need to enter those commands into the terminal? And then paste the results for each here?

    Sorry for the newb q's!

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    Re: Screen Blurry/Fuzzy

    LSHW. Advised to do as super user so did with sudo:

    craig@craig-XubuntuLaptop:~/Desktop$ sudo lshw
    [sudo] password for craig:
    craig-xubuntulaptop
    description: Notebook
    product: AMILO Li1705 ()
    vendor: FUJITSU SIEMENS
    version: 20
    serial: YSMI032165
    width: 32 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.4 dmi-2.4 smp-1.4 smp
    configuration: boot=oem-specific chassis=notebook cpus=1
    *-core
    description: Motherboard
    product: AMILO Li1705
    vendor: FUJITSU SIEMENS
    physical id: 0
    version: 0.1
    serial: 9N7865437
    *-firmware
    description: BIOS
    vendor: FUJITSU SIEMENS
    physical id: 0
    version: 1.0A-2308-8A20
    date: 01/02/2007
    size: 92KiB
    capacity: 448KiB
    capabilities: pci pcmcia pnp upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect edd int5printscreen int9keyboard int10video acpi usb agp smartbattery biosbootspecification netboot
    *-cpu
    description: CPU
    product: Intel(R) Celeron(R) M CPU 430 @ 1.73GHz
    vendor: Intel Corp.
    physical id: 4
    bus info: cpu@0
    version: 6.14.8
    serial: 0000-06E8-0000-0000-0000-0000
    slot: mPGA 479M
    size: 1730MHz
    capacity: 1730MHz
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 533MHz
    capabilities: boot fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss tm pbe nx constant_tsc up arch_perfmon bts aperfmperf pni monitor tm2 xtpr pdcm dtherm
    *-cache:0
    description: L1 cache
    physical id: 5
    slot: L1 Cache
    size: 128KiB
    capacity: 128KiB
    capabilities: asynchronous internal write-back
    *-cache:1
    description: L2 cache
    physical id: 6
    slot: L2 Cache
    size: 1MiB
    capabilities: burst external write-through
    *-memory
    description: System Memory
    physical id: 15
    slot: System board or motherboard
    size: 1GiB
    *-bank:0
    description: SODIMM DDR2 Synchronous 533 MHz (1.9 ns)
    physical id: 0
    slot: S1
    size: 512MiB
    width: 128 bits
    clock: 533MHz (1.9ns)
    *-bank:1
    description: SODIMM DDR2 Synchronous 533 MHz (1.9 ns)
    physical id: 1
    slot: S2
    size: 512MiB
    width: 128 bits
    clock: 533MHz (1.9ns)
    *-pci:0
    description: Host bridge
    product: CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 100
    bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    configuration: driver=agpgart-via latency=8
    resources: irq:0 memory:c0000000-c7ffffff
    *-generic UNCLAIMED
    description: PIC
    product: CN896/VN896/P4M900 I/O APIC Interrupt Controller
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 0.5
    bus info: pci@0000:00:00.5
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: io_x_-apic bus_master
    configuration: latency=0
    *-pci:0
    description: PCI bridge
    product: VT8237/VX700 PCI Bridge
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 1
    bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: pci pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
    resources: memory:c8000000-c8ffffff memory:a0000000-bfffffff
    *-display UNCLAIMED
    description: VGA compatible controller
    product: CN896/VN896/P4M900 [Chrome 9 HC]
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
    version: 01
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: pm agp agp-2.0 vga_controller bus_master cap_list
    configuration: latency=16 mingnt=2
    resources: memory:a0000000-bfffffff memory:c8000000-c8ffffff
    *-pci:1
    description: PCI bridge
    product: CN896/VN896/P4M900 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 2
    bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
    version: 80
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pci pciexpress pm msi ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=pcieport
    resources: irq:27 ioport:1000(size=4096) memory:40000000-401fffff ioport:40200000(size=2097152)
    *-pci:2
    description: PCI bridge
    product: CN896/VN896/P4M900 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 3
    bus info: pci@0000:00:03.0
    version: 80
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pci pciexpress pm msi ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=pcieport
    resources: irq:31 ioport:7000(size=4096) memory:c9000000-c90fffff ioport:40400000(size=2097152)
    *-ide:0
    description: IDE interface
    product: VT8237A SATA 2-Port Controller
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: f
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0f.0
    version: 80
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: ide pm bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=sata_via latency=64
    resources: irq:21 ioport:4c70(size=8) ioport:4c64(size=4) ioport:4c68(size=8) ioport:4c60(size=4) ioport:4c40(size=16) ioport:4400(size=256)
    *-ide:1
    description: IDE interface
    product: VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: f.1
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0f.1
    version: 07
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: ide pm bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=pata_via latency=64
    resources: irq:0 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:4c50(size=16)
    *-usb:0
    description: USB controller
    product: VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 10
    bus info: pci@0000:00:10.0
    version: a0
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm uhci bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=64
    resources: irq:20 ioport:4c00(size=32)
    *-usb:1
    description: USB controller
    product: VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 10.1
    bus info: pci@0000:00:10.1
    version: a0
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm uhci bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=64
    resources: irq:22 ioport:4c20(size=32)
    *-usb:2
    description: USB controller
    product: USB 2.0
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 10.4
    bus info: pci@0000:00:10.4
    version: 86
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm ehci bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=64
    resources: irq:21 memory:c9400000-c94000ff
    *-isa
    description: ISA bridge
    product: VT8237A PCI to ISA Bridge
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 11
    bus info: pci@0000:00:11.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: isa pm cap_list
    configuration: latency=0
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: VT6102 [Rhine-II]
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 12
    bus info: pci@0000:00:12.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 7c
    serial: 00:14:0b:0a:6f:d1
    size: 10Mbit/s
    capacity: 100Mbit/s
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=via-rhine driverversion=1.5.0 duplex=half latency=24 link=no maxlatency=8 mingnt=3 multicast=yes port=MII speed=10Mbit/s
    resources: irq:23 ioport:4800(size=256) memory:c9400400-c94004ff
    *-pci:3
    description: PCI bridge
    product: VT8237A Host Bridge
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 13
    bus info: pci@0000:00:13.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pci ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
    resources: memory:c9100000-c91fffff
    *-multimedia
    description: Audio device
    product: VT8237A/VT8251 HDA Controller
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 1
    bus info: pci@0000:04:01.0
    version: 10
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
    resources: irq:17 memory:c9100000-c9103fff
    *-pci:4
    description: PCI bridge
    product: VT8237A PCI to PCI Bridge
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 13.1
    bus info: pci@0000:00:13.1
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pci ht subtractive_decode bus_master cap_list
    resources: memory:40600000-406fffff
    *-network
    description: Wireless interface
    product: AR2413/AR2414 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5005G(S) 802.11bg]
    vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
    physical id: 1
    bus info: pci@0000:05:01.0
    logical name: wlan0
    version: 01
    serial: 00:c0:a8:d3:9a:5c
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath5k driverversion=3.5.0-25-generic firmware=N/A ip=192.168.1.67 latency=168 link=yes maxlatency=28 mingnt=10 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
    resources: irq:18 memory:40600000-4060ffff
    *-pci:1
    description: Host bridge
    product: CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 101
    bus info: pci@0000:00:00.1
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    *-pci:2
    description: Host bridge
    product: CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 102
    bus info: pci@0000:00:00.2
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    *-pci:3
    description: Host bridge
    product: CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 103
    bus info: pci@0000:00:00.3
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    *-pci:4
    description: Host bridge
    product: CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 104
    bus info: pci@0000:00:00.4
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    *-pci:5
    description: Host bridge
    product: CN896/VN896/P4M900 Security Device
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 105
    bus info: pci@0000:00:00.6
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    *-pci:6
    description: Host bridge
    product: CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 106
    bus info: pci@0000:00:00.7
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    *-pci:7
    description: Host bridge
    product: VT8237/8251 Ultra VLINK Controller
    vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    physical id: 107
    bus info: pci@0000:00:11.7
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    *-scsi:0
    physical id: 1
    logical name: scsi0
    capabilities: emulated
    *-disk
    description: ATA Disk
    product: ST980811AS
    vendor: Seagate
    physical id: 0.0.0
    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
    logical name: /dev/sda
    version: 3.AL
    serial: 5LY1W24C
    size: 74GiB (80GB)
    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
    configuration: ansiversion=5 sectorsize=512 signature=000e1588
    *-volume:0
    description: EXT4 volume
    vendor: Linux
    physical id: 1
    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
    logical name: /dev/sda1
    logical name: /
    version: 1.0
    serial: 9ead0ad6-0e02-4484-9f53-20c0834ce14d
    size: 73GiB
    capacity: 73GiB
    capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
    configuration: created=2013-03-11 19:32:43 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2013-03-12 17:29:16 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered mounted=2013-03-12 17:29:16 state=mounted
    *-volume:1
    description: Extended partition
    physical id: 2
    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
    logical name: /dev/sda2
    size: 765MiB
    capacity: 765MiB
    capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
    *-logicalvolume
    description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
    physical id: 5
    logical name: /dev/sda5
    capacity: 765MiB
    capabilities: nofs
    *-scsi:1
    physical id: 2
    logical name: scsi3
    capabilities: emulated
    *-cdrom
    description: DVD-RAM writer
    product: DVDRAM GSA-T10N
    vendor: HL-DT-ST
    physical id: 0.0.0
    bus info: scsi@3:0.0.0
    logical name: /dev/cdrom
    logical name: /dev/cdrw
    logical name: /dev/dvd
    logical name: /dev/dvdrw
    logical name: /dev/sr0
    version: PW03
    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
    *-battery
    description: Lithium-Ion Battery
    product: SMP-LMXXSS3
    vendor: SMP
    physical id: 1
    serial: e00431401B03A52202757
    slot: In the Back,on the middle
    capacity: 24420mWh
    configuration: voltage=11.1V
    craig@craig-XubuntuLaptop:~/Desktop$

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    Re: Screen Blurry/Fuzzy

    LSPCI

    craig@craig-XubuntuLaptop:~/Desktop$ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
    00:00.1 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
    00:00.2 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
    00:00.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
    00:00.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
    00:00.5 PIC: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 I/O APIC Interrupt Controller
    00:00.6 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Security Device
    00:00.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237/VX700 PCI Bridge
    00:02.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller (rev 80)
    00:03.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller (rev 80)
    00:0f.0 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A SATA 2-Port Controller (rev 80)
    00:0f.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 07)
    00:10.0 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0)
    00:10.1 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0)
    00:10.4 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86)
    00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A PCI to ISA Bridge
    00:11.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237/8251 Ultra VLINK Controller
    00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 7c)
    00:13.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A Host Bridge
    00:13.1 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A PCI to PCI Bridge
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 [Chrome 9 HC] (rev 01)
    04:01.0 Audio device: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A/VT8251 HDA Controller (rev 10)
    05:01.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR2413/AR2414 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5005G(S) 802.11bg] (rev 01)
    craig@craig-XubuntuLaptop:~/Desktop$

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    Re: Screen Blurry/Fuzzy

    Ooooohhhhhh..... VIA.... You are on your own. VIA has given absolutely no support for linux. Not even specs to create open source drivers for their hardware. Meaning your Laptop isn't supported by Linux. What you currently have is the best you can get.

    EDIT: I'm a doofus! I confused SIS for VIA... D'oh! But VIA support is still pretty bad. There is 2d support for some VIA graphics chips. Need to look up what graphics chip you have
    Last edited by ManamiVixen; March 12th, 2013 at 09:53 PM.

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    Re: Screen Blurry/Fuzzy

    Hi there, I think the situation can be salvaged . Try these:
    From a terminal (ctrl+alt+t) run:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-openchrome
    Then:
    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-openchrome.conf
    Into this file, paste the following:
    Code:
    Section "Device"
       Identifier "Monitor0"
       Driver "openchrome"
       Option "AccelMethod" "XAA"
    EndSection
    And reboot the system.
    Last edited by TK999; March 12th, 2013 at 08:55 PM. Reason: And done.

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    Re: Screen Blurry/Fuzzy

    I already had the driver and opened the file but I can't save the file once I paste it in?
    Thanks for the help

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    Re: Screen Blurry/Fuzzy

    Ah yes, probably you don't have a default Xorg config file. My bad, sorry.
    Code:
    sudo Xorg -configure
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
    Once you opened the file, post the results here & quit nano with Ctrl+X.
    As for identifying your current screen resolution, type the following into the terminal:
    Code:
    xrandr -q
    , which has a line like "Foobar connected your_screen_width×your_screen_height", e.g "VGA1 connected 1280x1024+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 359mm x 287mm"
    Last edited by TK999; March 12th, 2013 at 10:28 PM. Reason: nano => sudo nano

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