27239Video probs with Inspiron 1100 and Live CD
- Aug 15, 2005Hello,
First, thanks to this community for all the info and help! I am a new
Linux user and am happy to be (mostly) free of Microsoft. But I am
having a problem:
I am trying to run Linux from a live CD on my Dell Inspiron 1100. I
have tried Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Knoppix, and PCLinuxOS Live CDs. All of
them have the same problem:
When I boot up, the screen is displayed in a small square several
inches smaller than my physical screen. Once I reach the desktop, my
screen remains very small and my mouse cannot go beyond the edge of
the displayed area.
I have read that this is a result of my having an Intel 845GL
integrated video controller. My Dell BIOS is locked in a only 1 MB
video memory. I have flashed to the most recent BIOS available from
Dell (A32), but the problem remains.
So, can I hack the Dell BIOS and assign more memory to video?
Or can I enter a code at the prompt during boot up to manually adjust
Finally, if I chose to install a distro of Linux on the HD, would I
have this same problem? Or is this a problem solely with Live CD?
Thanks so much in advance!
From a distressed new linux-lover,
PS Here's some more system info, in case it will help:
Celeron 2.4 GHz
Windows XP, using Live CD
have latest versions of aforementioned Linux Live CDs.
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