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patioheater
May 29th, 2009, 10:23 AM
Hi Folks,

Complete newbie

Just installed Ubuntu 9.04 in a dual boot with XP and it appears the drivers for the graphics card are not installed.
The screen res is set at 800x600 but all I have is the OS showing just a small square in the middle of the screen, so basically it is not filling the screen

Tho I've got the Netgear pcmcia wireless card working fine, I did expect this to be the most problematic

Any ideas?

This is the closest I can find in the search

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1171443&highlight=Low+Screen+Resolution+800x600

Tho he has a slightly different card to mine

Toshiba model is SA20 S103D

patioheater
May 29th, 2009, 08:55 PM
:KSErrrrrrrrrm no ideas anyone?

patioheater
May 30th, 2009, 03:56 PM
:(Looks like it will have to go then which is a shame

NHArticleTen
May 30th, 2009, 04:04 PM
out of complete curiosity, could you try the latest Puppy Linux on your Toshiba?

patioheater
May 30th, 2009, 04:21 PM
:KSCould do, you got a link to it? No worries found it

NHArticleTen
May 30th, 2009, 04:24 PM
http://www.puppylinux.org/downloads/official-releases/puppy-linux-421

patioheater
May 30th, 2009, 05:11 PM
Looks like it won't boot and install inside windoze as Ubuntu does, not an ideal setup but. Any other distros that might work?

patioheater
May 30th, 2009, 06:55 PM
:(Just tried the latest LiveCD of suse, no trackpad support.

Can someone please recommend something that will install in Windows, as the way it's going I don't want to reformat and it's not going to work

I am being good and keeping all this in one thread

halitech
May 31st, 2009, 02:51 AM
you could try the info here

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=763964&highlight=Trident+Cyber+Aladdin

post 57 says he has the exact same machine as you and has 9.04 and it works great so should work for you as well.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=7134680&postcount=57

ps. it's trident aladdin not alladin

patioheater
May 31st, 2009, 09:07 AM
;)Nice one thank you, just one question

How and what is this?


2. Once it has booted up open up a terminal and enter "sudo displayconfig-gtk"

Terminal?

patioheater
May 31st, 2009, 10:54 AM
you could try the info here

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=763964&highlight=Trident+Cyber+Aladdin

post 57 says he has the exact same machine as you and has 9.04 and it works great so should work for you as well.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=7134680&postcount=57

ps. it's trident aladdin not alladin

By terminal I guess it's Applications-Accessories-Terminal


Ok tried it with Live CD 8.10.

sudo displayconfig-gtk just gives me "command not found"

halitech
May 31st, 2009, 01:56 PM
yes it would be Applications - Accessories - terminal

it may not be an option with the live cd but I'm not sure. It should work on a full install though.

patioheater
May 31st, 2009, 02:37 PM
Reinstalled again back inside windows
Still get

sudo displayconfig-gtk just gives me "command not found"

halitech
May 31st, 2009, 02:47 PM
not sure why someone said it worked in 9.04 because according to this post it doesn't exist anymore

http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=6272387&postcount=6

patioheater
May 31st, 2009, 02:55 PM
:(Sounds like me stuffed then. I will work my way through the posts tho, maybe if I can access xorg.conf and edit that?

halitech
May 31st, 2009, 03:05 PM
should be able to manually edit xorg.conf and get it to work. I have a Toshiba Satellite with the same card and I'm pretty sure I got 1024x768 on it but I have Debian Lenny on it. Let me boot it up and I'll get my xorg for you (hopefully it will be the same)

halitech
May 31st, 2009, 03:21 PM
ok, here is my xorg.conf file on my satellite 1800


# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device
Driver "trident"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
Option "DPMS" "true"
HorizSync 30.0-60.0
VertRefresh 50.0-70.0
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600"
EndSubSection

EndSection


hopefully this will help

patioheater
May 31st, 2009, 03:24 PM
q@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
xserver-xorg postinst warning: overwriting possibly-customised configuration
file; backup in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.20090531142931
q@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
xserver-xorg postinst warning: overwriting possibly-customised configuration
file; backup in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.20090531143114
q@ubuntu:~$


So how do I get into the bloody thing lol?

halitech
May 31st, 2009, 03:31 PM
either of these will work


gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
or

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

replace gedit with mousepad if you are using xfce (xubuntu) or kate if using kubuntu

patioheater
May 31st, 2009, 03:52 PM
Sorry to be such a pain but.......................
This is all I have in there as far as the config goes

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
EndSection

So how then do I delete all that and replace with yours? I get as far as highlighting it but have no option to delete
Once again apologies

halitech
May 31st, 2009, 03:55 PM
did you use nano or gedit to open the file?

patioheater
May 31st, 2009, 04:18 PM
Nano I'm on Ubuntu 9.04

bet you wish you never replied now lol

halitech
May 31st, 2009, 04:25 PM
I enjoy a good challenge ~L~

Ctrl + Shift + V will paste the copied info but I'm not finding anyway of deleting the info.

you can try this from the terminal

sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old
then

sudo touch /etc/X11/xorg.conf

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
and then paste the info in. This way you'll have a backup in case something goes wrong of the current xorg

edit: on second thought, I'm not sure you can move a file currently in use but you can try it. the other option would be to move to the bottom and simply delete it all and paste in the new info

patioheater
May 31st, 2009, 04:43 PM
Then how do I save it?

halitech
May 31st, 2009, 04:44 PM
Ctrl + O will save it and Ctrl + X will close nano

patioheater
May 31st, 2009, 04:57 PM
:KShalitech if you were here I'd probably kiss you or get you a beer or something. I now have full screen mode and it also stays when rebooting

I really can't thank you enough for your time and trouble

Now I've got loads of updates to do lol

halitech
May 31st, 2009, 05:00 PM
glad to hear its working for you :)

all I ask is you stick around and help others with issues as you get more proficient with ubuntu :)

patioheater
May 31st, 2009, 05:17 PM
;)It all seems very complicated when compared to XP, Wista and Windows 7

halitech
May 31st, 2009, 05:32 PM
after using it for awhile you will get used to it. Some say Linux is harder then windows but I feel (and others agree) that its not harder, its just different so you need to "forget" what you know about windows and learn how to do things the linux way.

patioheater
June 2nd, 2009, 08:25 PM
:DIt all went **** up, I've had to start from scratch. Think I was a bit over zealous with some graphics driver updates lol

halitech
June 2nd, 2009, 08:31 PM
bummer but at least you have the info here to rebuild with :)

patioheater
June 2nd, 2009, 09:05 PM
;)Thanks to you I do. All up and running again

halitech
June 2nd, 2009, 09:22 PM
glad to hear :)

now class, what did we learn today? to not mess around when its working ;)

patioheater
June 2nd, 2009, 09:32 PM
Trouble is I just can't help myself, but I will stay away from anything to do with graphics drivers, promise teach

halitech
June 2nd, 2009, 09:40 PM
just teasing ya, I'm the same way with tweaking and breaking things but thankfully I manage to fix things without loosing anything :)

patioheater
June 5th, 2009, 04:05 PM
:D;)Now I have two pc's running a Raid0............................................. ..Ah but thats for another time lol

jerrodbug
June 18th, 2009, 05:30 AM
just wanted to give props to halitech for this post. This is my first time ever using Ubuntu, and only installed an hour or so ago, and was able to get my resolution setup correctly because of this info!

halitech
June 19th, 2009, 10:49 PM
Glad to hear the info here helped you get things setup properly :)

patioheater
March 11th, 2011, 08:10 PM
Does all this still apply for 10.10, I guess I'm going to have the same issue? Going to wipe Windows and just use Ubuntu