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Old 04-22-03, 06:49 PM   #1
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Question Dell laptop unable to get max resolution


i have a Dell Inspiron 8100 laptop with GF2 Go. Since now i had a Slackware 8.0 running and everything worked fine. But today I updated to Slackware 9.0 and the current Nvidia drivers and I'm absolutely unable to run the optimum resolution of 1400x1050. I tried a lot of different settings (HorizSync, VertRefresh, IgnoreEDID, Modeline, etc.) but I didn't make it. With those settings that should work I get some really strange and weird graphics. In /var/log/XF86.0.log I get lots of messages like: Not using default mode "1400x1050" (vrefresh out of range) although I tried almost every range. Could somebody please help me with the XF86Config (preferably someone who also has an Inspiron 8100)?

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Old 04-23-03, 03:17 AM   #2
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Exclamation "nv" works fine

I forgot to mention that I can reach 1400x1050 with the "nv" driver. Unfortunatelly not with "nvidia".
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Old 04-23-03, 09:03 AM   #3
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You forgot to attack your XF86Config and Xfree86.0.log files.

See http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&threadid=9614
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Old 04-24-03, 09:27 AM   #4
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Default The way I got it working

I just gone through the hassle of installing the latest driver 1.0.4349 on my Dell I8K with SuSE 8.2.

I installed the drivers through the Yast2 software update.

Three important things to note is that:

a) The Sax2 generated ModeLine is rubbish
b) The ModeLine generated with xmode is rubbish

This lends me to believe that the Dell HW somehow manage to trick the timing routines that tries to determine the ModeLines.

..and finally

c) there is a bug in the new NVidia 1.0.4349 drivers that make a working configuration come up with a turned off screen on some Dell laptops. Like mine :-(

The solution:

* Forget about the modeline if you have 4.1.x or higher. The Xserver will get the correct setting from the EDID values provided by the HW. Don't provide any modeline. The EDID values are correct (=The Plug'n play values)

* If you have a 1400x1050 screen make sure you also have a screen configuration at a smaller resolution, say 1024x768. Then make the smaller resolution the first res in the XF86Config. This will make the XServer start up OK and once it's started do a
Ctrl+Alt+'+' (or Ctrl+Alt+'-') to change resolution to the 1400x1050 resolution.

This is the way I now got a working solution.

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