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    Question native LED monitor resolution on Intel Arrandale

    I can't set up the native resolution for the LED monitor of a Dell Inspiron 1564 laptop with openSUSE 11.2.
    YaST2 lists correct the graphics adapter as:
    "Intel Arrandale Integrated Graphics Controller"
    and the monitor having the resolution: 1366x768
    However in /etc/X11/xorg.conf lists only modes with a 1024x768 resolution, which are not really "sharp" on the monitor...
    Besides that it lists the Device as "Vesa-BIOS Graphics".

    Starting sax2 does not provide me with any option to change these settings (at least not in the graphics mode).

    Any ideas how to improve on this?

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    Default Re: native LED monitor resolution on Intel Arrandale

    Quote Originally Posted by zois View Post
    I can't set up the native resolution for the LED monitor of a Dell Inspiron 1564 laptop with openSUSE 11.2.
    YaST2 lists correct the graphics adapter as:
    "Intel Arrandale Integrated Graphics Controller"
    and the monitor having the resolution: 1366x768
    However in /etc/X11/xorg.conf lists only modes with a 1024x768 resolution, which are not really "sharp" on the monitor...
    Besides that it lists the Device as "Vesa-BIOS Graphics".

    Starting sax2 does not provide me with any option to change these settings (at least not in the graphics mode).

    Any ideas how to improve on this?
    My guess is your Intel Arrandale Integrated Graphics Controller needs a newer kernel and newer Intel driver than what comes with openSUSE-11.2.

    I note this from the thinkwiki site: Intel Core i3 - ThinkWiki which in turn for graphics sends one here: Intel HD Graphics - ThinkWiki where it states:
    A very recent Linux distribution with kernel 2.6.33 and Intel Xorg driver 2.10 or newer is recommended.
    openSUSE-11.2 comes with the older 2.6.31 kernel and with the Intel Xorg driver 2.9.

    You may need to wait until the late-July (or Aug/Sep) time frame to install openSUSE-11.3.

    You could try testing openSUSE-11.3 milestone6 liveCD to see how it works (without installing): Software.openSUSE.org

    In the mean time, if you wish to read up on some basic graphic practical theory you can read up on it here:
    openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users - openSUSE Forums

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    Default Re: native LED monitor resolution on Intel Arrandale

    Just to close the issue:
    installing openSUSE 11.3 solves the problem. Right from the start everything works fine.
    btw thanks to "oldcpu" for informing me some time ago, so that I wasn't trying things out in vain;-)

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    Default Re: native LED monitor resolution on Intel Arrandale

    Quote Originally Posted by zois View Post
    Just to close the issue:
    installing openSUSE 11.3 solves the problem. Right from the start everything works fine.
    btw thanks to "oldcpu" for informing me some time ago, so that I wasn't trying things out in vain;-)
    Well, in turn let me say 'thankyou' for posting your successful result. My wife is pondering a laptop purchase, and she is looking at many different models. And typically she sends her ideas (of different laptop models that appeal to her) to me, and I research for Linux compatibility. She sent me a list with a few that had the Intel Arrandale (Intel HD Graphics) and I was not 100% sure how well it worked with openSUSE, although I suspected 11.3 should work. It is good to read of a positive result with 11.3.

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