Noob Q regarding graphics

Michael R Head burner at
Mon Jul 25 23:27:28 UTC 2005

On Mon, 2005-07-25 at 19:36 +0100, Inhabitant of Zion wrote:
> Hi
> New to Ubuntu but been around Linux for a while. Used Mandrake for
> many years.
> Have a problem with the graphics on a Dell Damnation 3000 PC (The P4
> 3.9ghz jobbie).
> I have had a problem on a similar system before and ended up
> concluding the graphics chip (onboard) was not Linux compatible. On
> this system with ubuntu I do get into x but its 640x480 and I can't
> seem to change that.

What's lspci tell you? That should let you know what chipset is in

There's a problem with some Dells that share system RAM with the video
card. Apparently, the default BIOS setting is very low, and for some
reason, the X driver can't change it (though the Windows driver can).
You might try going into the system BIOS and seeing if there's a setting
for memory size.

> Anybody else had this problem? Is it worth trying to sort it out or
> will I end up with it being out of sync? 
> Any ehlp much appreciated.
> -- 
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