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 Post subject: Xubuntu 8.10 and safe graphics mode
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:32 pm 
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I'm trying to install Xubuntu 8.10 on an old ass Dell Dimension L733r (specs: P3 800MHz, 512MB SDR RAM, and some shitty Intel video card)

Anyways, whenever I try to load the live CD (or install) using the normal graphics mode, the screen is all jumbled up, and the only thing that is recognizable is the mouse cursor. The computer freezes then.

However, the Safe graphics mode works fine. I actually managed to get it installed fine. The problem is that it's stuck in safe graphics mode, even after the install. The low resolution and refresh rate is driving my insane (CRT).

How do I get the regular graphics mode?

Now bear with me here, because I'm a total noob with linux.


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What happens when you try to change the screen resolution? The option is in one of the menus on your desktop.

Did you check to see if you're able to install any restricted graphics drivers? If you didn't get the popup that prompts you to do this, try installing all the new updates...?

In my experience ubuntu can be a little tricky with both very old and very new graphics hardware. During setup, did the installer prompt you to select screen resolutions that were compatible with your monitor? If you made a mistake in that step you might have to edit your xorg.conf file, or you may just have to edit it anyway... :wink:


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There are no options to change the resolution. None.

No restricted drivers waiting to install.

I haven't installed the updates. I'll try that.

It didn't ask me to select a screen resolution during install.


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Try rebooting and select the repair option from the grub boot menu. When you get to the menu choose repair X. You can either reboot or login at the cmd prompt and enter startx.


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