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Howto get Ubuntu 10.10 GUI to work on a Dell SX270

I can give the long version but after all this searching and fidling I prefer just to show the short version.

The problem was that Ubuntu (10.10) installs fine on a Dell SX270, but X just does not want to play. I solved the problem using a custom X config file:


#Section "Device"
#Identifier "Configured Video Device"
#Driver "vesa"
Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "Generic Video Device"
Monitor "Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
#Modes "1024x768"
#Modes "800x600"
#Modes "640x480"
Modes "1280x1024"

As you can see, the resolution isn’t all that bad. I guess all comment lines (lines starting with a “#”) can be removed. I just left them in there as a tribute to all my hard work 🙂