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Re: progress report: f12 beta x86_64 on gateway mx7120

On Wed, 14 Oct 2009, Robert P. J. Day wrote:

>   my biggest worry regarding this install was whether video would work
> properly (ati radeon xpress 200M).  after the installation (which
> seemed to go fine), the reboot brought me back to the firstboot(?)
> stuff, at which point the resolution being used was off to the point
> where the "Cancel" and whatever other buttons that are normally at the
> lower right were completely invisible -- they were clearly off the
> border of the display somewhere in that direction.
>   the only way i could get thru that firstboot content was to use TAB
> and guess which button i was pressing.  i eventually got through that
> and logged in, at which point "xdpyinfo" told me it was using a
> resolution of 2080x800, when the actual display res is only 1280x800.
>   thoughts?  given that video still seems problematic, what is the
> proper protocol to deal with this?  in particular, what was the proper
> approach at first reboot to be able to see the entire screen?  is this
> a known issue?  thanks.
> rday
> p.s.  curiously, now that i'm in my desktop session, the four squares
> in the bottom right representing my 4 virtual desktops are *extremely*
> stretched horizontally, proportionate to that much larger res.  and if
> i slide a window to the right and off the edge of the *visible*
> display, i can still see the square representing that window in the
> same virtual desktop, only way off to the right where it's not
> visible.
> so how did f12 beta come to think of my laptop as having a 2080x800
> display?  what should i have done (or be doing) differently?

  quick followup:  i just popped into System->Prefs->Display, at which
point i was given a choice of resolution, the highest being the
correct one of 1280x800.  i selected it, saved, and now things seem

  but it's still odd where that initial 2080x800 res came from, and
what i should have done differently to be able to see the entire
screen during firstboot.

  whoops, i just restarted the system and i'm back to 2080x800.
very strange.


Robert P. J. Day                               Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA

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