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    Dell D800: Black bars on on sides of monitor, can't get full screen

    I am running Ubuntu 12.04 on an old Dell D800 laptop and it doesn't fill my whole screen. I have black bars on both sides and I have not been able to figure out how to make is full screen. While I have been using Ubuntu for a couple years, I still consider my self an amatuer. I did not have this problem when I was running an earlier version of Ubuntu. Any help would be great. Thanks.

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    Re: black bars on on sides of monitor, can't get full screen

    Have you tried setting a new screen resolution in system settings, displays?

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    Re: black bars on on sides of monitor, can't get full screen

    Yes, it is currently set to 1024x768 (4.3) and the only other option makes the screen even smaller.

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    Re: black bars on on sides of monitor, can't get full screen

    What type of video card is installed? Are you running proprietary drivers for it?

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    Re: black bars on on sides of monitor, can't get full screen

    It's a Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 Go AGP 8x. How do I tell if I am running any proprietary drivers?

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    Re: black bars on on sides of monitor, can't get full screen

    Go to system settings and then to additional drivers, click on and it will search and let you know what you are using and what is available. Or, open a terminal and type fglrxinfo to see if a proprietary driver is installed. This will also work to show what is now being used sudo lshw -c video
    Last edited by gifford; March 9th, 2013 at 03:33 AM.

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    Re: black bars on on sides of monitor, can't get full screen

    The additional drivers I have are nvidia_96 (activated but not being used), NVIDIA binary Xorg driver kernel module and VDPAU library (not activated), nvidia_current (activated but not being used), and Broadcom STA wireless driver.

    When I run lshw -c video I get:
    *-display UNCLAIMED
    description: VGA compatible controller
    product: NV28 [GeForce4 Ti 4200 Go AGP 8x]
    vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
    version: a1
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: pm agp agp-3.0 vga_controller bus_master vga_palette cap_list
    configuration: latency=32 maxlatency=1 mingnt=5
    resources: memory:fc000000-fcffffff memory:f0000000-f3ffffff memory:fd000000-fd01ffff

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    Re: black bars on on sides of monitor, can't get full screen

    Should I try to use one the these proprietary drivers that are activated but not currently being used? If so, how do I make that change? Thanks.

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    Re: black bars on on sides of monitor, can't get full screen

    Ubuntu 12.04 will not run on that laptop. The X.Org and kernel are too new for the correct Nvidia driver to work."activated but not currently being used" is the result of that. You'll have to use an older version of Ubuntu. 11.10 or older will work.

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    Re: black bars on on sides of monitor, can't get full screen

    Thanks ManamiVixen. I was hoping I wouldn't have to do that but oh well time to downgrade to 11.10. I appreciate your help.

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