Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 10th Apr 2007 19:24 UTC, submitted by Charl P. Botha
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "This is a more critical than usual mini-review of Ubuntu Feisty beta on an HP NC8430 laptop. It practically examines some of the problems laptop users will run into when trying to run Feisty on their hardware."
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draethus
Member since:
2006-08-02

Why aren't 1440x900, 1680x1050, etc. not supported?

The VESA and VGA drivers are only intended for graphics cards made 10 years ago, which have no better driver.

The reason his laptop is using them by default, is that there is no driver for ATi cards that ships with Feisty, so it falls back to the lowest common denominator. Windows does the same, by the way!

Resolutions like 1440x900 didn't exist back in the day (it's not even 4:3) so not all graphics cards support them, and Feisty has to use safer settings.

It would be interesting to find out whether you get all the resolutions with a card supported out-of-the-box, like an Intel. If not, that would be a real bug.

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Isolationist Member since:
2006-05-28

Ubuntu Feisty Beta uses the appropriate driver *by default* for my Intel 855 video card on my laptop. However, the installation defaults to 1024x768 resolution, and doesn't offer the preferred 1280x768 resolution. A quick fix to this is to install 855resolution, which changes the resolution of an available vbios mode. This change is made at boot time. It would be good if distributions like Ubuntu detected this at installation time, and setup 855resolution accordingly.

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kadymae Member since:
2005-08-02

It would be interesting to find out whether you get all the resolutions with a card supported out-of-the-box, like an Intel. If not, that would be a real bug.

Intel 950 graphics are NOT supported out of the box by Ubuntu. ;)

Believe me, I know.

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