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[opensuse] video problem with an ancient laptop
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <carlos.e.r@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:19:43 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LNX.2.00.1308112122270.5725@Telcontar.valinor>
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I got an ancient laptop from a friend; he thinks that with only 512 MiB of RAM it is worthless ;-)

It has a "Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz" CPU and the video is "Intel Corporation i845" from "Uniwill Computer Corp". The doc says "Intel® Extreme Graphics"

The video is the problem.

I tested Puppy Wary 5.2 - it works fine. It detects the video card but not the monitor, so I select from a list: 1024x768x16 h31.5-49,5v56-72. This works, fills the entire screen. I don't know if it is the maximum resolution, the documentation does not say (only that is «TFT 14” (N618) or 15” (N619-N620) XGA». The wikipedia lists XGA as "XGA 1024 768 4:3 0.786" ( so it seems I have it right.

During installation of openSUSE from DVD went perfect - slow, but uneventful.

But on reboot, the display is incorrect. It looks like this

| . |
| . |
| . |
| 1 . 2 |
| . |
| . |
| . |
| . |
| |
| |
| 3 |
| |
| |

Area '3' is bright white, '2' is black. The working area is only '1'. It is the same in text mode as in graphical mode.

Using "nomodeset" I get an apparent resolution of 640x480, centered with wide black border, and no white region; thus usable, but much less than what the machine is capable off.

I have removed plymouth and I'm booting to text mode. The normal kernel boot parameters are;

showopts splash=verbose loglevel=3 console=tty1 display=1024x768

which does not work. Without "display=" I get the same results. I have not found documentation for the display option under "/usr/src/linux/Documentation" tree, so I do not know what to try there.

At the moment I use:

showopts splash=verbose console=tty1 loglevel=3 plymouth.enable=0 nomodeset

I have tried:

modeset=0 display=1024x768 --> white region

nomodeset display=1024x768 --> 640*480

nomodeset display=1024*768 --> 640*480

display=1024x768 --> white region

All official updates are applied.

For X, the release notes say to do:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Default Device"
Driver "intellegacy"

This makes X not to start:

[ 375.163] (WW) Warning, couldn't open module intellegacy
[ 375.163] (II) UnloadModule: "intellegacy"
[ 375.163] (II) Unloading intellegacy
[ 375.163] (EE) Failed to load module "intellegacy" (module does not exist, 0)
[ 375.163] (EE) No drivers available.

:-O !

- -- Cheers,
Carlos E. R.
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