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Old 10-08-03, 07:54 AM   #1
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Default Dell Inspiron 5150, can't get over 800x600

Brand new machine with an nVidia Quadro FX Go5200 with 32Meg. Putting Redhat 9 on it. Got the newest nvidia drivers from the web, installed them and I have to assume they're working because when I go into X I see a big nVidia splash screen.

The problem is that for the life of me I can't get past 800x600 resolution on the screen. Help!? When I run windows on the machine I can easily get 1600x1200. I'd be happy with something in the middle. What am I doing wrong? I've tried redhat-config-xfree86 as well as manually editing the Screen section of XF86Config but I always get 800x600.

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Old 10-08-03, 12:48 PM   #2
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Very interesting!
About 3 months ago, we purchased an Inspiron 5150 at the company where I work, and it had an ATI Mobility 9000 videocard.
It worked fine under Linux, *but not under Windows 2000*.
The notebook was unusable because Windows XP is not supported on the company LAN and Dell refused to give out a driver that worked under Windows 2000. We had to buy a Latitude D600 instead, which has the same videocard but it does work.

And now I read about a machine under the same type but with another videocard, and it does not run under Linux. Maybe it works under Windows 2000 this time?

Strange folks at Dell. I think there is a big pact to force all Dell clients into using Windows XP and nothing else. Look at the advertisements on their webpages.
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Old 10-08-03, 01:00 PM   #3
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I seem to have found my own problem. My generic (non-probed) monitor had lousy frequencies. Based on another 5150 post I found in this forum I changed them to horizsync 31.5 - 90.0, and vertrefresh 59.0 - 75.0.

Now I am getting upwards of 1450x1050 (or whatever the closest resolution is), and perfectly happy with it.
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