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    Display 1280x1024?

    I just installed Ubuntu 9.04. I switched over from MS Vista. I am pretty much a linux newb. I have a HP dv6915nr laptop. When I was running Vista i was able to get a display resolution of 1280x1024. However on ubuntu it only lets me go up to 1280x800. I have the latest/reccomended driver installed for my nvidia card. Even when I go into the Nvidia x server settings it dosen't give or show the option for 1280x1024. I know my monitor can support that resolution, i just don't know how to do it on ubuntu. I googled some sites and haven't really found anything. Anyone know how to do this?
    Last edited by octobermagic; October 22nd, 2009 at 11:26 PM.

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    Re: Display 1280x1024?

    You may wish to try backing up whatever you have as your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file with sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak and then editing the file to include your new resolution. Use the format as shown below, with the figures you need, and then restart. If you are lucky, you may get the res you are looking for.
    Code:
    # xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
    # in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
    # here are ignored.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    #   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
    
    Section "Device"
        Identifier    "Configured Video Device"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier    "Configured Monitor"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier    "Default Screen"
        Monitor        "Configured Monitor"
        Device        "Configured Video Device"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
            Modes        "1280x800"
        EndSubSection
    EndSection
    If you current xorg.conf has other sections that are already in it, don't delete those; the bit you may need is the Section "Screen" part
    Last edited by ajgreeny; October 22nd, 2009 at 11:51 PM.

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    Re: Display 1280x1024?

    I did what you said but when I try to save the file it says "Could not save the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf_backup. You do not have the permissions necessary to save the file. Please check that you typed the location correctly and try again."

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    Re: Display 1280x1024?

    Sorry, I forgot to tell you to edit the file with
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    gksudo  gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    which gives you root powers temporarily.

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    Re: Display 1280x1024?

    Howdy ajgreeny,

    Can you show us the rest of your xorg.conf file?

    I'm stuck in 800x600.

    (see my post from an hour or so ago)

    --del
    error! ulimit exceeded for /dev/null

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    Re: Display 1280x1024?

    I did what you said. No luck. I edited the file and reboot and still I can't get 1280x1024. It still won't show up in the nvidia x server settings. Max it shows is 1280x800. Maybe I should wait for next ubuntu update 9.10 next week. maybe it will fix itself then? Though i was hoping to tinker around with ubuntu and get my hands wet. I'm really trying to make an effort this time to move away from Windows. Just these little hiccups with ubuntu/linux keep sending me back to ole Mr Gates.

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    Re: Display 1280x1024?

    Quote Originally Posted by delogren View Post
    Howdy ajgreeny,

    Can you show us the rest of your xorg.conf file?

    I'm stuck in 800x600.

    (see my post from an hour or so ago)

    --del
    That is my complete xorg.conf file. I do however have an old ati 9200SE card which seems to not need the resolution entry any more. Intrepid was the one that needed it. I await karmic with interest!

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