How to increase color depth on an Intel 845GL-based system
Adam L. Klein
alklein at integraonline.com
Sun Jan 18 15:56:12 UTC 2004
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J. Erik Hemdal wrote:
|Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 11:48:55 +0530 (IST)
|From: Atul Chitnis <achitnis at exocore.com>
|To: fedora-list at redhat.com
|Subject: Re: How to increase color depth on an Intel 845GL-based system
|Reply-To: fedora-list at redhat.com
|On Sun, 18 Jan 2004, Erik Hemdal wrote:
|>My laptop uses the Intel 845GL chipset, and I'm unable to get it to run
|>X in anything other than 256-color mode.
|The desktop I use in office is an 845GL based machine, and I have no
|problems getting into 24-bit mode - all I needed to do was set teh BIOS
|option to increase shared memory from 1 MB to 8 MB.
|The issue is more likely your notebook itself, or rather its BIOS. If you
|could let us know what notebook (make/model) it is, someone could
|help you further.
|I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 running Dell's BIOS version A23. If it
|it's a USA machine (in case they alter the innards by market). I
|BIOS A26 is available, but I haven't upgraded. Dell's web site
|anything about video fixes in A26.
|If anyone has an idea that might help, I'd be grateful. I want to do
|presentations on this machine, and 256 colors look really ugly.
I've worked on a number of Dell laptops and desktops with the shared
video memory issue, especially with RedHat (8, 9 and AS 2.1). The
solution is definitely a BIOS update. Once installed, bump up the
shared memory as high as you can (at least 8MB - that's what it was on
the OptiPlex machines) and X should be fine.
Adam L. Klein
<alklein at integraonline dot com>
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