Display doesnt fit screen, ubuntu 9.04

Asked by katiemaynot on 2009-06-02

I have a Dell Inspiron E1405 laptop and recently installed the 9.04 update. Since then my screen resolution has been screwed up. The login box is extra large and when I type in my username it is extra small (ie < 8pt font). My desktop doesnt fit the computer screen and I have attempted to adjust the resolution value, this simply blows the size of all my icons, tool bars etc up. I am currently using 1024 x 768 and it at least looks per this smaller display size.

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actionparsnip
Solved:
2009-06-08
Last query:
2009-06-08
Last reply:
2009-06-05

This question was originally filed as bug #382936.

katiemaynot (katiemaynot) said : #1

How can I fix this?

can you please provide the output of:

sudo lshw -C display
uname -a
lsb_release -a

Can you also tell us how you upgraded

Thanks

katiemaynot (katiemaynot) said : #3

output for above:

*-display:0 UNCLAIMED
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 03
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: msi pm bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
  *-display:1 UNCLAIMED
       description: Display controller
       product: Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2.1
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.1
       version: 03
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0

I updated using the ubuntu update manager.

katiemaynot (katiemaynot) said : #4

output=
*-display:0 UNCLAIMED
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics
Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 03
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: msi pm bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
  *-display:1 UNCLAIMED
       description: Display controller
       product: Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics
Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2.1
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.1
       version: 03
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0

I updated my system with the Ubuntu update manager.

On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 8:40 PM, actionparsnip <
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> Your question #73056 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/73056
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> actionparsnip proposed the following answer:
> can you please provide the output of:
>
> sudo lshw -C display
> uname -a
> lsb_release -a
>
> Can you also tell us how you upgraded
>
> Thanks
>
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The fact that it says unclaimed means you have not installed video drivers for your video card. Which is why your display sucks.

according to a quick websearch you need:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReinhardTartler/X/RevertingIntelDriverTo2.4

There is a bug with the intel chips that laptop manufacturers seem to love (I hate them) and desktop effects. This seems to be one fix but you need to find out how to install the driver for an Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME

katiemaynot (katiemaynot) said : #6

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.

AWESOME!!

katiemaynot (katiemaynot) said : #8

thank you!!!! you rawk!!!

On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 4:07 PM, actionparsnip <
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> Your question #73056 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/73056
>
> actionparsnip posted a new comment:
> AWESOME!!
>
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