Postscript: I did not realise it when I posted, but this problem is about the laptop's backlight being permanently off. The screen goes black while the kernel is loading and stays off preventing users seeing even the login screen. It started with Fedora 15 and has persisted. Installing in basic graphics mode was needed because the screen went black with full graphics.
Postscript2: kernel-3.8.6-203.fc18.x86_64 fixed this bug. Fedora works out of the box again, although the brightness controls still do not work.
Original question: I have an eMachines e525 laptop. F14 ran properly out of the box with the screen at 1366×768. With F16 I had to install in basic graphics mode and now the screen resolution is fixed at 1024x768, everything looks squat, and Gnome3 only runs in fallback mode.
The e525 has the Intel Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (GM45).
Has anyone solved this problem yet?