Resolution problem with AMD Radeon 5450/6350 and Dell U3011

Johan Mazel johan.mazel at
Tue Oct 30 08:14:32 PDT 2012

2012/10/31 Alex Deucher <alexdeucher at>:
> On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 6:35 AM, Johan Mazel <johan.mazel at> wrote:
>> Hi
>> I am trying to use a Dell U3011 (30 inches IPS screen) on a Dell
>> Optiplex 990 with an AMD HD 5450/6350.
>> I am using Debian Testing and Ubuntu 12.10 with Xorg's ATI driver.
>> The respective xserver-xorg-video-radeon package versions for these
>> two OSes are: 1:6.14.4-5 and
>> Theoretically, the HD5450 is able to display the screen's native
>> resolution (2560x1600) according to
>> provided that a dual-link DVI cable is used, which is the case.
>> Unfortunately, the biggest available resolution is 1600x1200 on Debian
>> Testing and 1920x1200 for Ubuntu 12.10.
>> I think there is a discrepancy between what Xorg probes through the
>> graphic card as the biggest resolution available (1600x1200, starting
>> line 438 in Xorg.0.log_debian_xorg) and what is actually announced by
>> the monitor (2560x1600, eg.: line 587 (and further) in
>> Xorg.0.log_debian_xorg).
>> This discrepancy is also present in Ubuntu's Xorg log files.
>> I am guessing that Ubuntu uses a slightly newer version of the driver
>> and therefore handle slightly better the resolution.
>> However, I have no idea regarding the cause of this discrepancy.
> While the chip is cable of dual link, dual link is only available if
> the oem wired up a dual link DVI connector on your card.  If the oem
> used a single link DVI connector, you will be limited to single link
> DVI.  I suspect that is what's happening.
> Alex

Are you sure that this would explain both problems (I mean with Debian
and Ubuntu) ?
One hypothesis might be that the package used by Ubuntu 12.10 fixes
the software problem present in Debian's package version while the
hardware problems remains...


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