Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ubuntu Resolution Problem - Intel Chipset 8x - 9x

Installing Ubuntu is a straight forward process, in the other hand setting the resolution might become a "pain in the neck". For many users (NOT USERS W/ Intel Chipset 8x-9x; see below) changing the resolution of the screen should be as simple as going to terminal and typing the following commands:

Backup your xorg.conf file first

$ sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf_backup

Reconfigure X

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg


Auto-detection of devices works best if Xorg is not running, so that before typing the above command you might want to stop X by typing:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

However this will take you to text-only mode (YOU WON'T HAVE YOUR BROWSER ANYMORE) so you might want to print this out or just type the commands before entering this command.

To start X again just after reconfiguring just type

$ sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

If you have an Intel Chipstet 8x - 9x, the 915resolution fix will work for you, however you will have to run this every time you restart Ubuntu. I'm working on a script to automate the installation of 915resolution and fix your startup scripts so that you don't have to run 915... every time you restart. Will try to post it by tonight.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ubuntu Ultimate Edition 1.2 & Beryl

After spending hours trying to setup Beryl on Ubuntu 6.06 (not supported by Beryl) I get an email from Rob Gonda about Ubuntu Ultimate Edition 1.2 which comes with a bunch of software including Beryl!

I didn't have much too lose so I reformatted the partition and installed Ubuntu from scratch. Installation took about 30-40 min. and was straight forward.

To load Beryl just went to terminal and typed this command:

$ beryl-manager

That easy!

Now if you want Beryl to auto start in Ubuntu (so that you don't have to type the previous command every time you restart) follow the steps listed at Beryl Wiki.