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I have run Edubuntu 11.04 successfully on an old laptop from a live dvd while XP was installed on the system along with Ubuntu 10.10.

I then installed Edubuntu, wiping everything else on the drive, but now I get one and a half 640x480 desktops, with no option to increase the resolution and no monitors detected.

Unfortunately the laptop is a generic from a company called Novatech and I cannot find the relevant info on the hardware. I had system info with XP but obviously that's not available now.

I would dearly love to migrate to Linux, and this is the latest in a string of "almost made it" episodes for me so I would greatly appreciate any help. Thanks in advance

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There are a couple of ways to obtain hardware info in Ubuntu. In the default installation you can use the command line.


will list all the pci devices on the computer, you can use:

lspci | grep VGA

to filter it to VGA devices. You can also use:

sudo lshw

This will get you a much more comprehensive list of all your hardware. Finally:

sudo lshw -c display

will list only the display related devices. Please feel free to edit your question with information about this laptop as you discover it.

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If you are mostly used to Windows based tools, those which uses Graphic User Interfaces for showing what you expect to see, there are also several alternatives that may be useful for you.

Answers in this question: Anything like SiSoftware Sandra? can also give you a clue on where to begin, posted here for your convenience:

You may wish to give a try to HardInfo or Phoronics which doesn't indeed do as many things as Sandra does, but it shouldn't as we are talking about Linux Systems.

Take a look at:

Hardinfo at http://hardinfo.berlios.de/HomePage

From the site: System Profiler and Benchmark HardInfo can gather information about your system's hardware and operating system, perform benchmarks, and generate printable reports either in HTML or in plain text formats.

I prefer to use Hardinfo, here is my screenshot of a benchmark in action in my system:

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Phoronics at http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/

From the site: The Phoronix Test Suite is the most comprehensive testing and benchmarking platform available that provides an extensible framework for which new tests can be easily added. The software is designed to effectively carry out both qualitative and quantitative benchmarks in a clean, reproducible, and easy-to-use manner.

Good luck!

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