I've just finished installing freebsd on my IBM thinkpad i-series i-1300 1171 series IV laptop. This is a machine on which none of DSL, fedora, or ubuntu liveCD would work at all. So I am surprised (and quite grateful) that freebsd can actually be installed on this laptop!
The next problem is trying to fix the screen resolution. According to winxp, it has a Trident Video Accelerator CyberBlade-Ai1 video card inside. Apparently it has 8MB or video ram, which is taken directly from the real RAM. The monitor is 1024x768. The default screen resolution of X (I tried startx, xinit, gdm) is 1280x1024, which is obviously too big for my monitor. After searching the web and following various instructions, I've tried the following to no avail. I found that as long as I had a xorg.conf file in /etc/X11, the mouse(trackball) wouldn't work. I tried "X -configure" and copied the file to /etc/X11. With or without changing anything in xorg.conf, the mouse(trackball) seized to work. Obviously, I couldn't do anything without a pointing device. Then I tried xorgconfig... the problem this time seemed to be not being able to find the Trident driver. xinit, startx and gdm wouldn't load at all. I also checked the /var/log/Xorg.0.log, it looked like the vesa driver was used by default every single time. After reading the suggestions in this mailing list, I proceeded to running "xrandr -s 1024x768" from a terminal while running X (I tried startx and gdm). The response I got was "Size 1024x768 not found in available modes" Then I tried "xvidtune -next" and then "xvidtune -show", viola! I got the response "1024x768 etc". Had the screen shrunk in size? No. But this time I could move the mouse to the edges, and the whole screen would pan left-right and up-down so I could reach the part that was too big for the monitor. It's a virtual screen! Well, at least it's usable now, and I'm happy. My question is that is there a way to actually shrink the screen to fit the monitor without having the virtual screen? Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance. -- aghv ____________________________________________________________________________________ Never miss a thing. Make Yahoo your home page. http://www.yahoo.com/r/hs _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"