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Re: Dell Inspiron 1100 - Installation Ubuntu 6.06 Desktop

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  • Sword King
    Clarification. I was using the alternate not the desktop iso. ... ... running ... was ... needed ... screen ... is ... for ... a ... You ll ... he
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 20 5:09 PM
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      Clarification. I was using the "alternate" not the "desktop" iso.

      --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "Sword King" <sword_king@.
      ..> wrote:
      >
      > When Ubuntu first loads the small 640x480 screen, you can press
      <esc>
      > and get the boot prompt (not documented, I did it by mistake once),
      > from where you can enter "live vga=773" (or "install vga=773") and
      > end up with a 1024x768x16 screen. I still had to edit xorg.conf as
      > you said, tho'.
      >
      > SK
      >
      > PS, I'm new here, and came looking for this exact advice. thanks.
      >
      > --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "candtalan" <aeclist@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > hardware detail - 512 MB RAM, bios A32.
      > >
      > > The install of Ububtu 6.06 Desktop is ususlly done by first
      running
      > > the live CD then choosing the Install icon on the desktop. There
      was
      > > no problem booting or running the live CD, except that the display
      > > resolution remained fixed at a low value. (Similar problem when
      > > installing a new HD with Dell original OS CDs in fact, which
      needed
      > > special action to subsequently install video driver)
      > >
      > > After initial searches and trying many guessed Ubuntu boot options
      > > without success, I found the information necessary on the Ubuntu
      > > forums (note 1).
      > >
      > > After a file edit process, which was not difficult even for me as
      > > someone who has avoided use of command line, things did display
      > > correctly, and I am most grateful for the information referenced
      > above.
      > >
      > > I am not new to linux but I still find I am unsure of many non gui
      > > actions, and other people even less confident than myself might
      > find
      > > this summary useful.
      > >
      > > I was also happy to see that the immediate subsequent install from
      > the
      > > edited running live cd ubuntu system was also correct in its
      screen
      > > display and needed no further editing of files.
      > >
      > > A Ubuntu forum posting on June 5th, 2006 by ssnitily included the
      > > following:
      > >
      > > ===================
      > > Default Installing on a Dell Inspiron 1100
      > > It's well known that the installation resolution for this laptop
      is
      > > incorrect and is locked at 640x480. Since the default installer
      for
      > > 6.06 involves booting and running a GUI and these installation
      > screens
      > > are much larger than this it's very difficult to install as you
      > can't
      > > see what you are tabbing to and can't click on any buttons as they
      > are
      > > well bellow the viewable area on the screen.
      > > ===================
      > > My Comment: as it happens, this described the problem I had.
      > > ====================
      > > The response on June 6th, 2006 from durableapostle was on the
      > button:
      > > ====================
      > > Default Re: Installing on a Dell Inspiron 1100
      > > I had the EXACT same problem. Here's what I did:
      > >
      > > 1) In a terminal window type: sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
      > >
      > > 2) Change your data to what I have below (actually, add this info,
      > > <i>in addition to</i> what you already have):
      > >
      > > Section "Monitor"
      > > Identifier "Monitor0"
      > > VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
      > > ModelName "Dell 1024x768 Laptop Display Panel"
      > > HorizSync 31.5 - 48.5
      > > VertRefresh 59.0 - 75.0
      > > Option "dpms"
      > > EndSection
      > >
      > > and in Section Screen, change the monitor line to read
      > >
      > > Monitor "Monitor0"
      > >
      > > 3) Save, close gedit, and then restart the x drive (crtl, alt,
      > > backspace). It should work.
      > >
      > > 4) Now, this is the part where you'll need help elsewhere... After
      a
      > > hard restart, this will probably go back to the small screen.
      You'll
      > > need to configure things so that this loads earlier in the startup
      > > sequence. I had a friend help w/ this... sorry, I don't know how
      he
      > > did it. Ask around the forums. At least you'll be able to easily
      fix
      > > it every time until you can get help with the part I can't help
      you
      > with.
      > > =======================
      > > My comment: I had a little uncertainty about the above point 2)
      > > because I could see that some lines were obvious additions and one
      > or
      > > two seemed to be replacements.
      > > I found that point 4) was not relevant to my need to run the live
      > CD
      > > and then do an install to hard drive.
      > > =======================
      > > With this hindsight I would now slightly re-word the posting from
      > > durableapostle to read as follows:
      > >
      > > 1) In a terminal window type: sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
      > >
      > > 2) Change your data to what I have below
      > > Section "Monitor"
      > > Identifier "Monitor0"
      > > VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
      > > ModelName "Dell 1024x768 Laptop Display Panel"
      > > HorizSync 31.5 - 48.5
      > > VertRefresh 59.0 - 75.0
      > > Option "DPMS"
      > > EndSection
      > >
      > > and in Section "Screen", change the monitor line to read
      > >
      > > Monitor "Monitor0"
      > >
      > > 3) Save, close gedit, and then restart the X server (crtl, alt,
      > > backspace). It should work.
      > >
      > > 4)If you want to continue to install, double click the Install
      icon
      > on
      > > the desktop, and proceed. My experience was that the installation
      > > adopted the current xorg.conf values.
      > >
      > > ====================
      > > Note 1:
      > > http://www.ubuntuforums.org/
      > showthread.php?t=190022&highlight=inspiron+1100
      > >
      > > HTH
      > > alan c
      > >
      >
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