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Re: [opensuse] Problem Installing Older Distro
On Fri, September 12, 2014 4:13 pm, Felix Miata wrote:
Bob Rea wrote on 2014-09-12 12:31 (GMT-0400):

I recently acquired a Lenovo 515 Desktop. I tried to install 11.3 which
had downloaded a while back and accidentally blew away Windows 8.1,
which was an ugly mess. One I got it installed and running KDE, it set
the resolution of the Dell P990.

What is "it"? The installer? And for what, the ttys, or X/KDE, or both?

both are quite large, KDE is the one where parts go off the screen

!!.3, which I just need to get 13.1, which I am able to do and am doing

No other resolution is available. This means

What do you mean "no other"? None other than what?


that the viewport is too small. Some apps I have scroll bars and others

Is only a portion of the screen being used, or is what should be on
screen cut off offscreen? If offscreen/cut off, the mode used has scan
settings out of range for the presets and existing customs and needs to be
adjusted using the P990's control buttons.

Those don't work

Has anyone else had suck a problem, and if so, how have you dealt with

Long ago, with the P990's replacement, the P991:
If they're essentially the same, yours may have developed an EDID problem.
had a bunch of P991s, and AFAIR, each eventually developed EDID failure if
they didn't have it on arrival.

If SaX2 is working, or if your KDE display controls are working, try
choosing the Dell P991 display, which should offer whichever mode you
prefer. The P991 has/had a full selection from 640x480 all the way up
through 2048x1536 for anyone whose eyes can handle tiny tiny everything.
The P990 should handle at
least up to 1600x1200 if not 2048x1536.

Even if neither SaX2 or KDE will work for you, 11.3 does respond to
PreferredMode that you can set in xorg.conf manually if using any of the

KDE offers only that resolution at 73 hz, and does not offer any choice of

Even if your Radeon HD8330 chip is too new for 11.3's Radeon driver, you
should still be able to get totally functional 1024x768 using Xorg's vesa
driver on that P990. --

How do I get to the vesa driver?

"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409 ** a11y rocks!

Felix Miata ***
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