CentOS Graphics issue on Dell Optiplex 760's using intel driver

Scott_Purcell at Dell.com Scott_Purcell at Dell.com
Fri Aug 7 08:36:07 CDT 2009

Caveat:  I'm not in an engineering role and offering this as a list
participant, not as a Dell spokesman.

You don't mention your monitor type, or whether you've configured the
system to know what monitor you are using.  Most video drivers are
designed to offer only generally "safe" resolutions when the monitor is

Try running system-config-display (Menu: System|Administration|Display)
and doing the following: 

	1) On the hardware tab, verify that both the Video card, and the
Monitor Type are set to what you actually have. 
	2) Return to the settings tab and see if your desired
resolutions are presented.
		* If so, problem solved.  Please let us know.
		* If not, please tell us what which video card the
system is identifying yours as and which monitor you are using.

Hope that helps,

Scott Purcell

-----Original Message-----
From: linux-desktops-bounces at lists.us.dell.com
[mailto:linux-desktops-bounces at lists.us.dell.com] On Behalf Of Clint
Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2009 11:01 PM
To: linux-desktops
Cc: Tsg
Subject: CentOS Graphics issue on Dell Optiplex 760's using intel driver

Hi Everyone,

I am writing to ask if other are experiencing lot of problems with the 
CentOS 5 intel X Driver on Optiplex 760's?

In a batch that my work have just purchased I am finding that I can't 
get a resolution better than 1280 x 1024 @60Hz and that even when I get 
this resolution (according to the monitor) software tools like xrandr 
might report the resolution as 1024 x 768 @ 30Hz.  It also seems that 
there are no wide screen modes supported.

So firstly can anyone confirm of deny that this is a known issue?  And 
does anyone have any suggestions on how to improve the issue?

Just out of interest I tried installing Fedora 11 and this increased the

number of modes available and seemed to make resolution shown is 
software match what the monitor said as far as resolution but still no 
widescreen modes are available.

Thank you for any thoughts or suggestions you have relating to this

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