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The gnome interface is stuck in a smaller resolution than the monitor. I'm not exactly sure how to explain it so I took a screen shot.

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I checked the graphics card and monitor, the resolution is stuck at 1200x780 without the option for 1200x800 or any other options. I tried restarting the computer after the updates installed.

Edit: If I boot into Failsafe mode and startx from there it works fine as root, but as soon as I switch back to normal it is messed up again.

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have to tried configuring xconfig?

does it do the same when you boot a live distro?

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Try 915resolution, it is a utility that allows certain resolutions to be correctly displayed

or

use the command

sudo vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf

to edit your X Server's config file. Find

Section "Screen"

Within that section there should be

SubSection "Display"

and within that there should be

Modes

Change that to whatever resolution you want, save, and press CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE to restart the X Server.

If you are missing the "Display" subsection, it should look something like this:

Section "Screen"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Hope that helps

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can't you drag the panel back? lol you can right-click on the panel and tell it to autoexpand too somewhere.

i wrote this for making things look better on suse 10.2, maybe it will help :rockon:

http://suseforums.net/index.php?showtopic=43475

EDIT, do what Spyril said, i didn't really read what was written very closely. my post might make things look better if you're not happy with the way things look, but i think 10.3 has better defaults then 10.2.

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I don't know what the problem was, other than it happening in a kernel update, but editing the x config didn't work and I already had the 915resolution installed it said. I ran out of ideas when I was looking at it last night and I turned desktop effects on and then it was fixed. But then the desktop effects were messed up probably because I hadn't installed the right video driver, so I tried to fix it and installed the wrong drivers. I broke X and couldn't fix it so I did a reinstall and this time turned updates off. If anyone knows a workaround for the problem other than turning on the desktop effects it will still help as then I can install the updates.

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if you are messing around with your xorg.conf you should always start by backing it up so you can just replace it if things go wrong, you can back it up like this -

sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.my_bak

and reverse it like this -

sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf.my_bak /etc/X11/xorg.conf

sometimes after a kernel update you'll have to reinstall the graphics driver if x stops working.

i found this link, suse 10.3 has a 'one click install' it adds the repo for you and installs the software with one click

http://en.opensuse.org/NVIDIA

have you just installed suse? the first thing you need to do after an install is sort out all the repos you need, i've done all the kernel and driver updates manually in the past, but now it all gets done when i do an update. i added the nvidia repo.

i noted down a lot of the things i did to my suse install in this thread (i don't use the smart package manger anymore, the default one is better) -

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=139146

the thread is a bit old now, but there are some things that might be useful, my nick is iceni60, one thing i'd check is this, maybe 10.3 doesn't do it anymore, but in the past it didn't delete the tmp directory so it kept on getting bigger and bigger!!!! -

http://www.suseforums.net/index.php?showtopic=29485

you can search for suse software here -

http://packages.opensuse-community.org/

the suse wiki is really good and #suse at freenode is good, but make sure you get your repos sorted out if you haven't done that, Packman, Guru, NVIDIA or ATI drivers are all good repos.

http://en.opensuse.org/Welcome_to_openSUSE.org

http://en.opensuse.org/Additional_YaST_Package_Repositories

edit don't go crazy with too many repos, some will break everything like 'gnome unstable'

here are some more useful links -

http://en.opensuse.org/Howtos

http://www.suseforums.net/

http://forums.suselinuxsupport.de/index.ph...mp;showforum=51

http://polishlinux.org/linux/suse/

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/

http://www.novell.com/linux/security/securitysupport.html

http://opensuse-community.org/Welcome_to_o...E-Community.org

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Edit: The problem came back after installing the sound card drivers as I needed to update the kernel. I took your advice of moving the task bar and when it's moved down it resizes to the screen. As of right now the only thing that is effected seems to be the login screen as it's stuck in the smaller resolution, but that's alright. If it helps when X is loading and the screen flashes to the GUI it displays ^26 across the entire top half of the screen before the GUI is loaded. I'm not going to mess with it on my own as I don't want to screw it up again, but if you know where I can find the proper drivers for the Intel 945GM card I'd appreciate it as I can't find them.

Edit 2: The programs started displaying at the 1200x780 resolution again, but simply moving them outside the invisible line fixes it.

Ice, thank you for the reply. I completely forgot to mention that my laptop has the Intel 945GM graphics card. The NVIDIA one click install is how I messed up last time and couldn't figure out how to fix X. I'm having trouble finding the driver for the Intel 945GM card as Intel no longer has it for download, and I don't think I need to say I'm not exactly ready to compile/configure/install anything from source. Thanks for the links, the Opensuse Howtos are great, they've helped me get everything running properly except the video card >.>

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i had a look and found this -

http://en.opensuse.org/Patch_the_Video_BIOS

http://www.suseforums.net/index.php?showto...try159206|Intel

but, they are for 10.2 and older, i think it should work, you need to have this in your xorg.conf, maybe you have i810 atm?

Driver "intel"

VendorName "Intel Corporation"

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/li...eration-625937/

it looks like a lot of people are having the same problem! try this search and see what you get 'Intel 945gm 10.3 suse'

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i had a look and found this -

http://en.opensuse.org/Patch_the_Video_BIOS

http://www.suseforums.net/index.php?showto...try159206|Intel

but, they are for 10.2 and older, i think it should work, you need to have this in your xorg.conf, maybe you have i810 atm?

Driver "intel"

VendorName "Intel Corporation"

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/li...eration-625937/

it looks like a lot of people are having the same problem! try this search and see what you get 'Intel 945gm 10.3 suse'

I have 'vesa' listed in xorg. Someone on the Ubuntu forums was having problems with the same video card and they replaced vesa with i810 and it fixed their problem, but I don't want to change it unless I have to. And yes, it seems everyone with this graphics card has problems, but none of their solutions work for me lol. I have read over the BIOS link you provided and I am going to try that later on tonight, I will post tomorrow whether it worked or not. Thank you very much.

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try the intel driver first, if the GUI stops working all you have to do is this

first make a backup with the vesa driver you are using

sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.my_bak

then change the driver

su

gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

and change vesa to intel

if the GUI doesn't work when you reboot do this

Ctrl-Alt-F1

login, then change it back to the vesa driver like this -

sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf.my_bak /etc/X11/xorg.conf

then reboot.

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The display is properly working now. Thank you both ice and spyril as it was a combination of problems that you both provided solutions for. I had to do the bios patch as well as replace occurrences of the 1024x780 resolution with the proper 1200x800 resolution in the xorg, videobios, and boot.local. I tried each of them individually and the problem was not solved, but after trying all three of them together it was resolved for anyone that may have the same issue.

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