Tom Vincent

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915resolution After Ubuntu Upgrade To Gutsy

After getting to grips with the basics of Ubuntu, I thought I might aswell have a try a Gutsy — the new (currently beta) upgrade to Ubuntu.

One of the biggest gripes with Feisty was that it didn’t detect my Laptop graphics (monitor) native resolution. I solved that by using the endless amount of help avaliable:

I have the Intel i915GM onboard graphics chipset and although the drivers are already included in the distro, there is extra work to be done for it to run at native resolution. Luckily I found some documentation explaining the process.

I then ran the autoi915 script and all seems fine!

Gutsy however now implements the modeset changing in xorg, out-of-the-box (as I understand). So 915resolution has been made redundant. If your upgrading from Feisty (like most people will be), you will need to reconfigure your xorg.conf for the new settings:

  1. Make sure “xserver-xorg-video-intel” is installed (search in Synaptic)
  2. Remove 915resolution — I chose remove completely
  3. Remove Auto915resolution (startup script — if you used it):
cd /etc/rc2.d
sudo rm S08startupscript
cd /etc/init.d
sudo rm auto915resolutionScript
  1. At that point, I restarted just to check if the resolution had changed (from native) — and it did
  2. Now run:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
  1. This will reconfigure your xorg.conf file. Run through the process as normal, it’s worth reading the description of whats about to be changed, if in doubt, leave the field blank. In the video driver screen, select “Intel” instead of “i810 or i915”.

Restart and your resolution should be correct!