Strange white line of dead pixels near the top of screen


I should first say that I’m an OpenSUSE N00b, having drifted over from Windoze. All I really need my computer to do is connect to the internet, connect to USB drives, run firefox and allow me to program with ruby on rails. Anything else is a bonus.

I’ve recently installed OpenSUSE 11.1. I’m using an old Dell Latitude CPx with 384M RAM.

When I installed it, there was a white line across the screen about 3cm from the top, itself about 2cm wide. These seem to be dead pixels, as the mouse just skips over them and doesn’t recognise them to be there. It also pushes everything below it down, meaning I’ve had to move the bar to the top of the screen so that it isn’t off the bottom.

Somehow, it went away, and I’m not sure what I did. Or rather, I did many things, and I’m not sure which made the difference. The main thing I did was to use YaST to change the driver to and LCD (1024x768/60Hz). I think I also edited xorg, but YaST may has changed that back. Not quite sure.

Anyway, after connecting to the internet with a network connection (wired PCMCIA D-Link connection) I installed ruby/rails and a few other programs and everything seems fine. It also seemed to do quite a bit of other updating of kernels and stuff that I hadn’t asked it to, but I didn’t really know what was going on. However, the next time I loaded up the computer the white line was back. AHHH!!!

The driver is still set to the LCD as I set it, but there now is additional problems: The computer will not allow USB drives to connect, claiming they are vfat and not supported, and it no longer will connect to the network.

The white line is not there before I startx (I’m using load level 3).

Thanks for the help!