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wrong-sized windows on netbook
« on: January 21, 2018, 12:50:23 am »
I've installed Peppermint (8, upgraded to 8 Respin) on a netbook (Lenovo Ideapad). When I go into a lot of the settings, for example Advanced User Settings or Whisker Menu Properties, I can't see the window in its entirety. The bottom part, which has buttons like Save, Cancel etc. aren't visible. I need to fix this rather urgently. How do I do so?

I found another thread that seems like a similar issue, but there's no solution there: https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,4814.msg47988.html#msg47988

The output to
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inxi -Fz is as follows:

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System:    Host: kajerjhanpi Kernel: 4.13.0-26-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Eight
Machine:   System: LENOVO product: 20109 v: Ideapad S100
           Mobo: LENOVO model: N/A v: 2 Bios: LENOVO v: 50CN12WW date: 04/22/2011
CPU:       Dual core Intel Atom N570 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 512 KB
           clock speeds: max: 1667 MHz 1: 1334 MHz 2: 1667 MHz 3: 1667 MHz
           4: 1667 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.5 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1024x600@59.98hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Pineview M GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 17.0.2
Audio:     Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.13.0-26-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp1s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter driver: rtl8192ce
           IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (5.2% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST320LT020 size: 320.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 291G used: 14G (5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-0
           ID-2: /boot size: 472M used: 132M (30%) fs: ext2 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 2.13GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 69.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 194 Uptime: 45 min Memory: 884.7/1982.8MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35



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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2018, 05:24:25 am »
Hi N,

Unless you have changed your keyboard shortcuts all that should be required is to press the Alt and F8 keys (together), which activates window resizing, then move the cursor with your mouse or touchpad to resize the active window. When it is the size you need/desire press the ENTER key.

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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2018, 06:19:28 am »
Hi N,

Unless you have changed your keyboard shortcuts all that should be required is to press the Alt and F8 keys (together), which activates window resizing, then move the cursor with your mouse or touchpad to resize the active window. When it is the size you need/desire press the ENTER key.

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Slim, thanks for your reply. I tried this and while it allows me to make the windows in question larger, I can't make them any smaller, which is what I need to do. In any case, I need this to be a solution that sticks. Any ideas?

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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2018, 06:34:45 am »
Is the output of
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xrandr | grep '*'The same as the value found in
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sudo pluma /etc/default/grubJust checking if the resolution is correct.

EDIT: Just forget about this. Your resolution is probably correct, otherwise you should be having other problems as well.
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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2018, 06:47:05 am »
The output of
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xrandr | grep '*'is
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  1024x600      59.98*+

The contents of
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sudo pluma /etc/default/grubare
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# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
# For full documentation of the options in this file, see:
#   info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration'

GRUB_DEFAULT=0
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true
GRUB_TIMEOUT=10
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""

# Uncomment to enable BadRAM filtering, modify to suit your needs
# This works with Linux (no patch required) and with any kernel that obtains
# the memory map information from GRUB (GNU Mach, kernel of FreeBSD ...)
#GRUB_BADRAM="0x01234567,0xfefefefe,0x89abcdef,0xefefefef"

# Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only)
#GRUB_TERMINAL=console

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'
#GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480

# Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux
#GRUB_DISABLE_LINUX_UUID=true

# Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries
#GRUB_DISABLE_RECOVERY="true"

# Uncomment to get a beep at grub start
#GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"

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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2018, 07:54:29 am »
Menu > Preferences > Customise look and feel

You probably want to reduce the font size and then Apply if windows are not fitting on your screen.

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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2018, 08:02:38 am »
Once upon a time there was a way to force the intel drivers to allow a 1024x768 (scaled or panning) resolution on a netbooks 1024x600 screen .. I don't know if this would still work, and it was a pain anyway.

Probably the easiest solution would be to just grab the windows that are too large and move them on the screen so you can get at the hidden parts.

You can do this by holding Alt+Lefft Mouse button whilst the cursor is over the active window .. the cursor should change to a fist, and whilst still holding those keys you can now move the window with the mouse/touchpad.



For completeness, here's a link on the old forum about the original hack I mentioned
https://peppermintos.net/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=6147&start=0
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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2018, 08:20:57 am »
Menu > Preferences > Customise look and feel

You probably want to reduce the font size and then Apply if windows are not fitting on your screen.

Thanks for the suggestion, murraymint. Unfortunately, this isn't solving the problem. Moreover, this user needs the font to be large for accessibility reasons.

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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2018, 08:23:43 am »
Once upon a time there was a way to force the intel drivers to allow a 1024x768 (scaled or panning) resolution on a netbooks 1024x600 screen .. I don't know if this would still work, and it was a pain anyway.

Probably the easiest solution would be to just grab the windows that are too large and move them on the screen so you can get at the hidden parts.

You can do this by holding Alt+Lefft Mouse button whilst the cursor is over the active window .. the cursor should change to a fist, and whilst still holding those keys you can now move the window with the mouse/touchpad.



For completeness, here's a link on the old forum about the original hack I mentioned
https://peppermintos.net/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=6147&start=0

Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, there isn't time enough for me to experiment with hacks. As for the other suggestions(ALT+Left Mouse Key); I already tried this. I can move the windows left, right and down, but not up, which is what I need.

Any other ideas? Thanks in advance!

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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2018, 08:25:28 am »
Can you somehow grab one corner and reduce the size until it fits the screen?

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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2018, 08:42:01 am »
No, unfortunately not. In fact, I've discovered that this isn't just the case with this netbook but my full-sized laptop as well.

I was fiddling with the Alt+F8 thing, holding the Alt down, and I found that when the cursor changes to the one that indicates you can change the width of the windows, I can drag the window up and get to the hidden bottom part. Not a solution by any stretch, but it'll have to do in a pinch!

In the meanwhile, if any one has other ideas, I'd like to try them on my own computer later. For now, this netbook is going away with its owner!

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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2018, 09:00:30 am »
Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, there isn't time enough for me to experiment with hacks. As for the other suggestions(ALT+Left Mouse Key); I already tried this. I can move the windows left, right and down, but not up, which is what I need.

Which window ?

Because I'm having no problems MOVING a window past the screen edge vertically :-\
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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2018, 12:18:54 am »
An example of such a window on both that netbook and my computer is Peppermint Settings Panel-->Users and Groups-->Advanced Settings. On the netbook, it was the same with the Whisker menu's Properties window.

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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2018, 12:39:39 am »
Hi N,

For the window you mention, using Alt + F8 does not work (also not on my notebook). However, if you use the keys Alt + F7 then you should be able to move the window up until the bottom row of buttons are visible (at least this works on my notebook). When you see the buttons then stop moving the window and press the ENTER key to free up the cursor again.

I hope this works for you.

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Re: wrong-sized windows on netbook
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2018, 03:54:20 am »
Alt+Left mousebutton+Drag works for me on both those windows .. I'm able too drag the window past the screen edge vertically :-\
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