Debian 3.1 desktop problem - please help novice.

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Debian 3.1 desktop problem - please help novice.

Postby Hinders » Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:02 pm

I wonder if you can help me. I am a complete novice in Linux.

I brought my first Linux Format magazine last week and yesterday I finally decided to take the plunge and try and install Debian 3.1 from the magazine DVD (LXF70).

I created a partition on my Dell laptop and installed Debian on the new partition. I installed Debian and everything seemed to be okay. However I then noticed I had a problem.

My desktop is set at 800x600. I looked through the menu's to find how to change the resolution of the desktop but when I found the correct place 800x600 was the highest resolution available to me. I know that my laptop is capable of a lot higher than this but it wasn't available to select in Linux, why is this?

How can I make the resoloution of my Debian 3.1 desktop higher that 800x600?

Do I need to redo the whole installtion process again? If so do I need to boot from the DVD or is there a program I can run from within Debian?

I hope you can help me.

Please could you keep the information & instructions simple as I may not understand them as I haven't really used Linux yet.

I appreciate any help or information given.


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Postby cypress » Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:26 am

all that you have to do is go to a command prompt and run

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dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

Good Luck!
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