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Offline sihorton

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Tinycore on high res screen
« on: March 28, 2013, 03:13:29 AM »
I have replaced my development laptop with a new machine and so would like to run tinycore on the now old machine. However it has a high resolution (1920 x 1080) when I do Xvesa -listmodes then the maximum it shows is 1280x1024x24. This works but the text looks fuzzy.

Is there a way to get widescreen monitor working easily?

/Simon

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Re: Tinycore on high res screen
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2013, 03:36:37 AM »
Which graphics card?
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Re: Tinycore on high res screen
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2013, 05:36:46 AM »
It is a sony vaio Z series (VPCZ1) so it has NVDIA GeForce GT 330M card.


/Simon

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Re: Tinycore on high res screen
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2013, 05:54:36 AM »
Use Xorg. That chip may additionally require the binary Nvidia driver.
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Re: Tinycore on high res screen
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2013, 06:12:51 AM »
I used the app browser in "Download Only" mode to download Xorg-7.6.tcz and graphics-3.0.21-tinycore.tcz. Then selected exit to prompt and then did:

tce-load -i Xorg-7.6.tcz
tce-load -i graphics-3.0.21-tinycore.tcz

It looked like success since the terminal updated and was high resolution automatically. I then typed in

startx

the cursor flashed a couple of times and then the screen was blank. I tried a soft boot and eventually did hard boot but when restarting it was back to vesa layout. I am currently running from the CorePlus iso burned to a usb stick.

/Simon

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Re: Tinycore on high res screen
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2013, 06:31:40 AM »
Ok reading in the nvidia extensions it says it is not compatible with Xorg-7.6 so that is probably the problem. I can try with 7.5 instead.

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Re: Tinycore on high res screen
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2013, 10:06:47 AM »
I tried to get this working but failed. The laptop is quite exotic and the problem is clearly in the drivers from  nvidia, the laptop also has a raid 0 array of 4 ssd drives for extreme performance but I somewhat doubt that I can get that running as well. I have another more standard machine I can run tinycore on instead or when I have more time I can play around with the drivers to tweak the config so it works.

Thanks for your help and suggestions.

/Simon

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Re: Tinycore on high res screen
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2013, 10:20:43 AM »
the laptop also has a raid 0 array of 4 ssd drives for extreme performance but I somewhat doubt that I can get that running as well.

Perhaps not more difficult than this:

http://cs.joensuu.fi/~mmeri/usbraid/
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Re: Tinycore on high res screen
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2013, 10:31:15 AM »
Thanks for the link, it actually has a hardware raid controller in the laptop and has some special drivers from intel to manage the wear on the drives and everything. Maybe intel have released a driver for linux for my model I can go and search on their support sites.

/Simon