I had been using Fedora 15 just fine with my laptop that contains Intel 965GM chipset. Everything worked.
However, I just installed Fedora 16 and now the desktop defaults to a low resolution and I can't change it to my laptop's native 1280x800. I tried to do a X -configure but it failed. Is Fedora no longer detecting my Intel chipset for some reason? I have xorg-intel installed which I believe should contain all the necessary drivers to get my video working correctly. As far as I'm aware, intel cards should work out of the box because the drivers are open source, correct? At least everything was working fine before.
Well I found a guide here: http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=272848
While it doesn't use the same chip as mine, I did the same things in the guide.
I downloaded the libva file.
I created an xorg.conf file with this:
Driver "intel" #tells it to use the intel driver!
I removed the "nomodeset" line in the grub config file.
After doing these things, I was able to get my native resolution.
However, I'm still confused as to why I had to do these things when everything worked fine in Fedora 15. Now I'm left wondering if what I changed will still give me the same performance I had in 15 or if I might have to change other things. I know that I should not have to manually create an xorg.conf file as everything should be auto detected now. I'm not sure what's going on.