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I am trying to install Ubuntu on a Toshiaba 320 and during the semi text part of the initial install the letters come out so large that I can not see all the options on the screen.  

I need Ubuntu because it seems to be the only distro that supports my wireless nic right out of the box.

I also need to select a lightweight window manager such as TWM.  Any sugestions or pointers on this.  I want to use the latest ubuntu.
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by:Kerem ERSOY
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Hi,

In the initial Ubuntu boot screen there's an option "F5 VGA" Please hit F5 before starting ubuntu. Then you will be setting the available VGA modes to your Ubuntu.

I hope it helps.

Cheers,
K
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by:bitmechanic
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I did that and tried all the options.

I think the Toshiba video driver is messed up.

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by:Kerem ERSOY
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May be your Video Hardware is not supported in UBUNTU. Another option is setting a viewport. In means that though you have a say 640x480 physcal resolution you can still have a larger resolution. Please locate your /etc/X11/xorg.conf Screen section and change:

viewport 0 0
to
viewport 640 480

Chers,
K.
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jianmcgowan earned 500 total points
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Xubuntu might be a better bet once you are through the video problem - it uses xfce as the desktop, considerably lighter than gnome or kde.  http://www.xubuntu.org/

You also might want to install from the "alternative" cd - it has lower install requirements, e.g. "installs on systems with less than about 192MB of RAM".

http://ubuntu-releases.cs.umn.edu//6.06/

Hope this helps,
Ian
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