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My screen (Viewsonic E655) uses a resolution far too low. It is set to 800*600 and there seems to be no way to change that to 1024*768 in either GNOME or KDE. It seems like nothing, perhaps, but some programs don't resize to fit the lower resolution, one example being Gimps's printscreen, meaning you can't actually print from Gimp. I hope there is a way to get round this in the installation files, but what do I know? I have read the post-install thread, but didn't find much there.
I'm on a Compaq with
an S3 Virge DX/GX graphics card
Windows XP (where 1024*768 works perfectly. I'm looking at it now)
Etch (It's half through the night, but I think it is - Debian 4.0r0)
Intel PIII 996MHz
Thanks in advance
Let me know if I've left something out
Well, you'll have to manually edit the xorg.conf file. Don't worry, it's not as hard as you might think. Open a root terminal (applications -> accessories) and enter in the root password. Now open gedit with this command:
Right on the bottom (it may also be elsewhere) is a section "screen" and it has a subsection "display" with some values. Next to the "mode" entry you add
Make sure you have some whitespace between the value just entered and the next value already there (it's "800x600"), a single tap on the spacebar will do Save the file and reboot. Now you should have the 1024*768 resolution as standard.
So, I'm baffelled. Maybe the solution could be renaming the screen from "Allmän skärm" (Generic screen) to something else?
I'll see if the man page gives something, but don't let that stop you from answering. So the conclusion is the screen resolution is present in /etc/X11/xorg.conf already, but isn't selectable in KDE (or Gnome for that matter). Also, in the settings dialog in KDE there is an area called (loosely) Screen settings above resolution, that's greyed out. I hope this gives you an idea.
The confusing part is they have 5 manuals for your monitor there.. the Vertical and horizontal refresh rates are different in each one. So being cautious I selected one of the lower ranges. a different manual had the following values listed.
I'm sure there is a number on your monitor that would link it to a specific manual so you could verify which values are correct for your specific monitor. If the values are too low then you will not get the higher resolutions you are trying to view.. if the values are too high for what your monitor can support there is a possibility the monitor could be damaged trying to display them.
IS there a label in the back with model name / number of your monitor ? is the model name followed by another number ?
That really helped! I followed makuyl's advice and it did it. And the rest of you have been wonderful. I have another question, but I take it in another thread. To farslayer: the model no. is E655 no extra dashes or digits. Once again, thanks to all of you. I'll even subscribe to this one, so I don't lose it.