[ubuntu-uk] Karmic screen resolution problems

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Fri Oct 30 01:42:30 GMT 2009

Les Cunningham wrote:
> I have installed Karmic alongside Jaunty on a computer with an Intel
> graphics chipset, but in Karmic the screen resolution is limited to 800
> x 600. Are there still problems with the Intel graphics driver? Is
> there an easy way to revert to an earlier version which will give the
> same screen resolution that I get in Jaunty, which is 1152 x 864? I do
> have some reason to suspect that there might be a hardware problem, as I 
> think I was getting a slightly higher resolution than that until the 
> display threw a wobbly a few months ago.
I've found booting from a Live USB image, that the Intel drivers are 
much better (for me at least) on my notebook.  Compiz works well again 
and it's nice and quick.  However, I also installed Karmic on an older 
PC (Athlon XP 2000+ with 512MB Ram and NVidia integrated graphics which 
according to lspci are Geforce 2MX integrated graphics).  When booting 
from the live CD it prompted me that proprietory drivers were available 
for my video card, however once installed it's stuck at 800x600 and 
opening the Hardware Drivers application suggests that I don't need any 

I dunno, maybe it's a bug, I'm going to have a play with xorg.conf and 
see what happens.
> Also,I am surprised to find that GRUB takes much longer to load than before
Yeah I found that, seems that it takes about 1 to 2 seconds to come up 
with a message saying GRUB Loading (or something along those lines) 
whereas before it was pretty much instant loading.

Booting on the Athlon XP wasn't overly quick but I'm putting that down 
to old hardware.


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