Unable to set correct display resolution on Dell 600 Laptop

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10


Unable to find a compatible monitor resolution when using a Dell 600 laptop.


This problem is caused by the updated ATI driver that is being loaded for the Dell 600. The older radeon10b driver needs to be used.

This can be done with the following steps:

1. Logout and restart the laptop
2. On the grub screen enter 'init 3' (without the ') on the boot options line
3. When the login prompt appears login as root
4. Enter 'sax2 -r -m 0=radeon10b' (without the ' and using a zero and not the letter O for the 0=)
5. Configure the resolution as normal.

It is suggested that the updated configuration be tested before being saved to ensure proper functionality.


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  • Document ID:3392356
  • Creation Date: 14-Aug-2006
  • Modified Date:04-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

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