My parents have an old computer, probably from the XP era and a guy at my Dads work who is an IT suggested to install Linux on it and I was all for it because I got tired of telling him how to clean viruses off his computer lol. The guy installed Mint 14 Cinnamon and now they can't get the resolution right. There are only two options for resolution and they are both 4x3 and they have a widescreen monitor and the image is so big that they can't see the bar at the bottom however they can access the menu by just guessing and clicking around down in that area lol. Since Mint is Ubuntu based I'm assuming that switching to Ubuntu would''t help a lot. In the Driver Manager there are two options, the first one that it's set to by default only allows one resolution which is 4x3 and is so huge that you can't really use it at all. The second option says "Recommended" and it is nvidia-173. I told him to select that one and it gives him 2 resolutions now. Both 4x3 but the second one at least allows him to see the bar at the bottom with the menu. I did a lot of reading about nvidia-173 and I see a lot of people online saying that if you want to use this driver on newer OS's that you have to downgrade xorg-xserver. While I might be up for trying something like that I wouldn't ask my Dad to get close to that stuff. My question is this, Instead of downgrading xorg-xserver can we simply install an older operating system that the nvidia 173 would work better on? I also read someone saying that the Gnome classic worked better for his old video card running that nvidia 173. Should we try an older version of Ubuntu that has the Gnome classic? Would older systems be okay to use these days? All they use it for is email, instant messenger and youtube. They are not power users by any stretch. Any advice would be appreciated. It's really hard to trouble shoot from a distance, especially when I've only been using Ubuntu for a year now myself.