View Full Version : [ubuntu] Screen resolution in 8.01

January 3rd, 2009, 12:05 PM
Hello, Having set up to dual boot, and overcome problems of missing hard drive capacity and windows disappearing, I now have a problem which has taken too many hours out of my life. The resolution cannot be set above 800 by 600.
All the advice I have had has been either contradictory or confusing. People who kindly try to help forget that beginners do not know all the nuances that they take for granted. Linux is a tremendous achievement for those involved, but difficult unless you are a specialist.
My question my is, my video processor is on board, if I fit an PCI express card will it fix the problem? If so which card should I buy.
This may look like a crude work round but I have run out of ideas.

Regards John.

January 3rd, 2009, 01:07 PM
If you install a pci video card, I would pick Nvidia over ATI.

If you have a system that is a few years old and just want decent graphics, the you may go with a low end model, ie fx5200

If you post more info on your system, ie make, model, cpu, etc., also what you want to use card for, we may be able to make more specific recommendations.

Before you buy the card you can check the HCL's to see if it is compatible with Linux-

January 3rd, 2009, 04:00 PM
Many thanks for that. I built the machine so no make, the mother board is Foxconn P4M8907MA RS2H, the CPU Is Intel 3gig dual core.
The only reason for the PCI card is to get round the resolution problem in Ubuntu, and perhaps to have a a DVI output.
I think the chip set for the vidio is intel 82945G.

Happy new year. Regards John.