>>I'm using Ubuntu, not Gentoo, but they're both Debian-based. I think
Ubuntu is more like a more user-friendly Debian.
>>I've always wondered about laptop LCDs. I know they are physically
different from CRTs and mechanically work differently, but how do they
differ in regards to X setup and config? I have never seen any
documentation mentioning LCDs or how they should be setup. Most
documentation assumes I have a CRT.
>>And is there any danger of damaging my laptop's LCD with a bad config
(as all documentation warns)?
I have been using linux almost solely on laptops since Mandrake 6.5. I
understand that what you say is true, but I have had no problems with
Mandrake setting up video and display. Well, not no problems, but
nothing major. Mandrake usually gives you choices which include typical
laptop displays, and if you run the test for set up, usually it will not
be running wrong for more than a few seconds.
It helps if you google for the specs on your laptop. For sure know what
type it is, if you are given the chance to select by manufacture and
by memory over that number of years, it seems at time the specific
version was able to identify the sucker.
My biggest problems were recently with the NVIDIA drivers, and the
config files. The free download versions are not really good at working
with your video cards, though with my 400 MHZ Compaq those old versions
were still capable. On this Dell 2650, free download didn't even attempt
to build the Xconfig file. I recommend newbies pay for a good distro the
first time, at least.