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    Question Laptop stuck on native resolution (1920 x 1080)

    Upgraded: from 11.10 to 12.04 (32bit)
    Laptop: Lenovo w520
    Nvidia Driver version: 304.64

    I just upgraded from 11.10 to 12.04 and I can no longer change my resolution. My laptop is a Lenovo w520, Nvidia X Server Settings reports 1920 x 1080 as the only option. Which is normally fine but doesn't work when I connect to a projector with lower resolution, as cloning only clones part of the screen to the projection and presentations look pretty messed up!

    This used to work fine with 11.10 not sure what changed...

    Tried a fix I found for a similar issues but it did not work. I used the nvidia X server-settings, saved configuration to X file to create an xorg.conf file. I then added the following line (Option "ModeValidation" "AllowNonEdidModes") to the devices section. This now makes many other resolutions available however none of them work properly. I end up with my desktop duplicated multiple times on the screen anytime I change resolution...

    Please HELP!

    (PS. I also posted this on http://askubuntu.com/questions/26559...on-1920-x-1080 but since I didn't get a response I thought I would try here... hope that is ok!)

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    Re: Laptop stuck on native resolution (1920 x 1080)

    Hi! Are you using the nouveau open source driver or the nvidia proprietary driver? If the former, please run the following command from a terminal:
    Code:
    dmesg | grep nouveau
    and post the results here. Thanks!

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    Re: Laptop stuck on native resolution (1920 x 1080)

    Quote Originally Posted by TK999 View Post
    Hi! Are you using the nouveau open source driver or the nvidia proprietary driver? If the former, please run the following command from a terminal:
    Code:
    dmesg | grep nouveau
    and post the results here. Thanks!
    I am pretty sure I am using the proprietary nvidia drivers:

    When I go to the additional drivers section. I see the selected option for "NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (post-release updates) (version current-updates)"

    So
    Code:
     dmesg | grep nouveau
    doesn't return anything, but replacing nouveau with nvidia returns the following:

    Code:
    admin@admin-w520:~$ dmesg | grep nouveau
    admin@admin-w520:~$ dmesg | grep nvidia
    [    6.305200] nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
    [    6.361024] nvidia 0000:01:00.0: power state changed by ACPI to D0
    [    6.361030] nvidia 0000:01:00.0: power state changed by ACPI to D0
    [    6.361037] nvidia 0000:01:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
    [    6.361045] nvidia 0000:01:00.0: setting latency timer to 64

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    Re: Laptop stuck on native resolution (1920 x 1080)

    Try to have nvidia automatically detect your monitor setup. Connect the projector and run the following from a terminal:
    Code:
    sudo nvidia-xconfig --twinview

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    Re: Laptop stuck on native resolution (1920 x 1080)

    No luck:
    Code:
    admin@admin-w520:~$ sudo nvidia-xconfig --twinview
    nvidia-xconfig: unrecognized option: "--twinview"
    
    Invalid commandline, please run `nvidia-xconfig --help` for usage information.

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    Re: Laptop stuck on native resolution (1920 x 1080)

    What does
    Code:
    xrandr -q
    output when running it?

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    Re: Laptop stuck on native resolution (1920 x 1080)

    The Twin View option is grey in the GUI as well (Nvidia X Server Settings). However it is enabled once I enable the 2nd monitor (in this case I am testing with a 2nd Dell monitor)

    The projector goes to extend mode instead of clone. When I try to clone only a part of the screen is cloned.

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    Re: Laptop stuck on native resolution (1920 x 1080)

    xrandr -q returns the following:

    Code:
    Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 3200 x 1080, maximum 16384 x 16384
    VGA-0 connected 1280x1024+1920+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 338mm x 270mm
       1280x1024      60.0*+   75.0  
       1920x1080      59.9  
       1680x1050      59.9  
       1440x900       59.9  
       1400x1050      60.0  
       1360x768       60.0     59.8  
       1280x960       60.0  
       1152x864       75.0     75.0     70.0     60.0  
       1024x768       75.0     70.1     60.0  
       960x600       120.0  
       960x540       120.0  
       840x525       139.8    120.0    119.8  
       832x624        74.6  
       800x600        75.0     72.2     60.3     56.2  
       720x450       119.8  
       700x525       149.5    120.0  
       680x384       119.9    119.6  
       640x480        75.0     72.8     59.9  
       512x384       140.1    120.0  
       400x300       144.4  
       320x240       145.6    120.1  
    LVDS-0 connected 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 344mm x 193mm
       1920x1080      60.0*+   59.9     50.0  
       1680x1050      59.9  
       1400x1050      60.0  
       1280x1024      60.0  
       1280x960       60.0  
       960x540       120.0  
       840x525       120.0    119.8  
       700x525       120.0

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    Re: Laptop stuck on native resolution (1920 x 1080)

    Anyone have any ideas??

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    Re: Laptop stuck on native resolution (1920 x 1080)

    Without "extend" or "clone" selected, does
    Code:
    xrandr --output VGA-0 --mode 1920x1080
    help?

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