Re: Laptop INCOMPATIBILITY List.
The laptop in question is an elderly Dell Inspiron 1100 (circa 2003); I am currently running Lubuntu 14.04 on it
The apparently known problem stems from an incompatablility between the kernel video drivers, and the Intel 82845 GL/GE/PE/PV graphics chipset.
Anybody attempting to run Lubuntu on one of these beasties will find, as I did, that the desktop will NOT occupy the full screen (which is 768x1024 pixels resolution); instead, you will be stuck with a resolution of 640x480, and it will be jammed, resolutely, into the top left hand corner of the screen.
To quote, from my thread about this problem:-
"I have a 2003 Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop, on which I've just installed Lubuntu 14.04. The O/S is working fine; however, I'm stuck with a 640x480 display in the top left quarter of the screen. Monitor Settings offers no other options.
I've read this thread about my problem:- http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2222349
and also this:- http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2222014
Doranwen in the first thread has got exactly my model and same hardware, so I followed this through. At the bottom of the first post, his solution has been added; I tried this, but the 'i845.modeset=0' didn't work for me. So I tried the 'nomodeset' option, and, following Morgaes advice in this thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132) I've edited the grub bootloader, and rebooted.
I now have the same 640x480 display, but in the centre of the screen, with a black border round it."
The best you can acheive, it seems, is to position the desktop centrally on the screen, instead of in the top left corner. The problem is that the icons, and windows, and everything else, is still full-size; so that you often can't access buttons that are positioned at the bottom of full-size windows.....scrolling has no effect, as it is NOT a minimised window!
Compaq Presario SR1619UK, running Xubuntu & Puppies 'X-Slacko' & 'Slacko'
Dell Inspiron 1100, running Xubuntu & Puppies 'TahrPup' & 'Precise'
IF the advice given has helped you, PLEASE have the courtesy to post back and say 'Thank you'..!