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Distribution: FreeBSD, Fedora, RHEL, Ubuntu; OS X, Win; have used Slackware, Mandrake, SuSE, Xandros
uncentered display on widescreen LCD with FC7
Just installed 32-bit Fedora Core 7 on an extended partition on my system. The installation went well, but on first boot into the OS, the screen was off-center to the left, to the point where I couldn't see 1/4 of the screen, including the toolbar menus. I did a full package update, including the kernel and X packages, but no change. I checked the screen resolution, which was fine and at the max for my display (1680X1050). Is the way to fix this to install NVIDIA's drivers? I was hoping not, since their drivers/kernel header need to be updated manually with each kernel update, but if that's the only way....
Have you gone to Settings/Display and told it what your hardware is? Tell it not only the video card but the monitor as well. That does make a difference.
I put an Optiquest widescreen on my Fedora 7 (not Core) with nVidia card and it kept reminding me that its optimum resolution ws 1680x1050. And when I gave it that it left a 3" wide black unused vertical bar down the left side of my screen. After many attempts to fix it, I ended up changing the resolution slightly, to 1600x1200, and it displays full width, but slightly compressed horizontally (circles are slightly horizontal ovals). The effect is minimal, and acceptable for now. My point there is that 1680 could not go full width, but 1600 did. And when I put on a Viewsonic that is NOT Optiquest, the problem did not occur.
The difference was the monitors. It has to have a good idea what the monitor is, and if you want to avoid a grand manual install, changing slightly from the optimum resolution may be acceptable.