July 31, 2009

openSuSE 11.2 Milestone 4 - X Display Server Quirk

I have been loading openSuSE 11.2 Milestone 4 on various computers around here, and I have come across an odd problem.  The good news is, it is relatively easy to work around.

On my Fujitsu Lifebook S6510, which is an Intel Core2Duo system with a Mobile 965GM graphic chipset and a 1280x800 resolution display, the installation process itself looks ok, the display resolution is correct, but when the installation finishes and the installed system boots, the display comes up at 800x600.  Ugh.

My first shot at getting around the problem was to just get rid of the X configuration file - although I am careful enough that I simply renamed it rather than deleting it, in case this didn't work

# mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.suse

Then restart the X server, either by killing the running server or by simply rebooting... and it works great!  The display comes up at 1280x800, everything else works, and it's all just beautiful.

For those who are curious, I will be installing this openSuSE release on all of the desktop/nettop and laptop/netbook systems around here.  I will write a more complete report later, but so far I have installed it on this S6510, an ASUS N10J, and my self-assembled Dual Atom nettop, and so far this glitch is the only problem I have had.


jw 31/7/2009

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