DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible if the steps you take cause your video card/monitor to become a projectile or otherwise increase the refresh rate to the point of cooking your popcorn that is sitting in a bag beside it.
Xorg only see's that my monitor can handle 1024x768. Well I'm not blind and I'm 24 so I'm not losing my sight so what was the next logical step after not being able to install the Nvidia card I have. That's right deal with what I have onboard and make Hoary think my monitor can handle 1280x1024 (which it did in Windows but we wont go there).
1. In Hoary we use Xorg so lets get there. Open up to... /etc/X11/
2. Open up xorg.conf in a text editor (gedit works PERFECT for this) however make sure you have write permissions so we can edit this file.
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the file. You should see some lines as:
Now I know what everyone is thinking but I'll never use a color depth of 1. Well ladies and gents I didn't make the rules and this is a demo anywas but pay attention.
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
4. Notice a format here... Mode [resolution] [resolution] [resolution]? Right so when in Rome...do as the Romans. Add a resolution so it looks like this.
5. Now repeat for all the Depths you have 1,4,8,15,16,24...whatever.
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
6. Save file, Reboot the computer. When it comes back up you should see your new lovely screen.
Like I said this worked for me. I also wrote the ACPI HOWTO in this forum. Notice how everything is my own experience. Bingo. Now go forth and be fruitful.