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Re: f10 install - low screen resolution



David wrote:
On 5/9/2009 3:15 PM, Bill Davidsen wrote:
Craig White wrote:
On Sat, 2009-05-09 at 23:59 +0930, Tim wrote:
On Fri, 2009-05-08 at 11:04 -0700, Mike Wright wrote:
What I don't understand is that this display adapter has worked
beautifully in fc4, fc6, and fc8 installations.
Changes in Xorg, over time...  The difficulty with a live CD is that
it's virtually fixed with the original software, no updates.  It's not
uncommon to find that people who've installed an OS (to writeable
media), and had graphics problems, that they've gone away after a "yum
update".
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much of this could be resolved by more people running the testing
versions and reporting issues with various hardware BEFORE it is
released.

FC11 has not been released, and this problem goes back to FC9 at least,
that certain monitors are mis-detected and are either too high or low in
resolution. There should be one more install in addition to text and
graphic (automatic) modes, and that is install with vga=ask to let the
user pick the resolution needed.

You can't imagine how unreadable 640x480 is on a 42" HDTV, you need the
wireless keyboard and mouse to get about fifteen feet away. Or to enter
the correct resolution, but many users don't know how to do that.


*My* Monitor is never detected correctly. I have to manually set this. The
problem? *My* monitor does not identify itself properly. So is that Fedora's
fault? Of my problem? I think it is the latter.

I don't think fault is an issue, there's a long-standing issue reported by multiple people, and there's a solution allowing user selection regardless of cause. As long as people waste time talking about 'fault' instead of solutions the problem will be unsolved. And that goes for long discussions of the best solution vs. implementing a low cost viable solution knowing it may be improved.

I have to believe adding a menu item "install using user-selected resolution" would be low effort, and based on multiple machines and the method being used at an installathon, I think it's viable.

At the very least they usually give you a viewable screen.

On several SiS chipsets you get the top ten lines or so of a 640x480 resolution. Not useful for install. With 'vga=ask' 800x600 or higher and 15/16 bits it works.

The 'Evil God' Windows does not identify monitors. You get a viewable screen
that you then setup using video drivers that you download and install by hand.

Sheez...

Windows is a great virtualization testing tool, like most benchmarks and testing tools it's not actually *useful* for anything. ;-)

--
Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot


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