[arch-general] Mayday - Installed Fresh Archlinux on Laptop - Resolution stuck 1152x864, need 1440x900??

David C. Rankin drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com
Wed Nov 4 00:31:20 EST 2009


New drive for my laptop so I dedicated it to Arch. Net install with 2009.08 went fine (although there really should be a warning when you leave install WITHOUT configuring the bootloader). [the /arch/setup menu autoadvances when you leave Configure System and if you click Done and downarrow anticipating moving to the next item,  you can easily miss configuring the bootloader (I did ;-)]

The problem I have is that my laptop is stuck in 1152x864 resolution. For the text install that is fantastic, but when you start kde -- not so good. (should be 1440x900) The card is an RS690M (radeon 1200) and the radeon driver was loaded by default. The modules configured are:

22:46 alchemy:~> lsmod | grep rad
radeon                716352  1
ttm                    43776  1 radeon
drm                   191392  2 radeon,ttm
i2c_algo_bit            6980  1 radeon
i2c_core               25664  4 radeon,i2c_piix4,drm,i2c_algo_bit


I have Arch on the drive I just took out and it goes to 1440x900 just fine.

I am not using an xorg.conf, so I am pretty much at X's mercy. I use /etc/rc.d/kdm start from runlevel 3 to start kdm. It goes to 1152x864 instead of 1440x900. I don't understand how to control the new KMS stuff. I have check the kde4 settings for Display Size and Orientations, but the maximum allowed is 1152x864:



What is the trick?

Also, when I try to start xdm from inittab with the default x:5:respawn:/usr/bin/xdm -nodaemon
I get the disabling for 5 seconds, respawning too fast error. So, what's the trick here? I bet there related...

I have put the Xorg.0.log on the server as well:


It looks like the dang thing is using the vesa driver?? I'll add radeon to modules, but It's loaded already so I don't think that's going to help. Anybody know what's happening here? This is the first install where I haven't installed KDE3, so i don't know if that is a part of the issue either.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. If you need to see anything else, just let me know.  Thanks.

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.
Rankin Law Firm, PLLC
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