Greetings. I am a new user to Arch and Antergos from a few days ago. I come from the world of dpkg, namely Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, etc. I got Antergos to install the first time using Cinnamon without a problem. Then 2 days later I began having repeated errors with messed of resolution so that I can’t see the desktop applets and menu bar at the top of the screen. Then soon the crashes came and Cinnamon began going into fallback mode. I checked a live install of Xubuntu and it had the same resolution problems so that you couldn’t “see” the menu bar or applets. Debian graphical install mode wouldn’t even work, also.
I put in the USB and went into live mode of Antergos with Gnome 3. Perfect resolution there. But after reinstalling with Gnome 3 and now Cinnamon again, the resolution is wrong. I’ve checked my TV settings. It’s a 1920 x 1080p TV, no errors in settings. I’ve checked my Windows 7 on the other half of my SSD. Perfect resolution and no errors there. Checked my display settings…1920 x 1080 there. Checked ./config/monitors.xml and it shows 1920 x 1080.
I’m using open source ati default driver mesa 10.? provided by the repos. I’m not sure if my gpu has something wrong with it. I don’t have a specific etc/X11/xorg.conf file. Please bear with me if I ask seemingly elementary questions, as Ubuntu typically handed things pre-installed on a silver platter after a new install.
lspci | grep -i vga
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Pitcairn PRO [Radeon HD 7850]
As least if I click “off screen” I can sort of see and get to the main menu bar options. I just hope it’s not my gpu going bad. This problem extends across multiple distros and it’s a problem I’ve never experienced before.