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Old 10-22-04, 08:25 AM   #1
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Default 16/9 screen on Dell Inspirion 8500


I have a laptop Dell Inspirion 8500.

The screen has a 16/9 format.

When booting Windows XP the screen resolution being used is 1280/800.

When booting the Linux Mandrake 9.2 only part of the screen was used, leaving dark areas on the left and right sides, and even smaller ones on the top and bottom sides.

So I installed the nvidia driver for Linux on my laptop.

The driver file being NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-6106-pkg1.run

Now the whole screen is being used. It's a start. But there is still a little problem.

Because of the screen format, that is, 16/9, the display is elongated horizontally.

I cannot have the resolution 1280/800 when trying to choose one in the Mandrake configuration.

It looks like the driver does not offer such a screen resolution.

I tried to tweek he XF86Config file.

The problem is that I have two such files.

One is named XF86Config and the other one is named XF86Config-4.

How to know which one is being used?

In each of these two files I added the following lines of code:

# Added by Stephane for 1200x800
Modeline "1280x800" 82.99 1280 1312 1608 1640 800 802 812 814 +Hsync +Vsync

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x800" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Subsection "Display"
Depth 32
Modes "1280x800" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Any idea...?

Kind regards
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