I just installed kubuntu on a new system, but I'm having trouble getting KDE to recognize the proper screen resolution. I know this is a fairly common problem, but I've exhausted the resources I've been able to find with no luck.
For starters, I'm using an IBM thinkvision monitor on kubuntu 8. The screen resolution should be 1280x1024, but after a clean install, it is set to 640x480 (which, when expanded to the screen, makes the desktop environment nearly unusable).
I tried opening krandrtray from the system apps menu, but it seems to crash on opening. Running it from the terminal results in nothing helpful:
juldea@k-desktop:~$ sudo su
[sudo] password for juldea:
Reusing existing ksycoca
Previously, I was able to get it to print out a message that it wasn't able to interface with randr, possibly because it had crashed, but I'm unable to duplicate that message now.
So, I manually checked xrandr:
juldea@k-desktop:~$ xrandr -q
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 240, current 640 x 480, maximum 640 x 480
default connected 640x480+0+0 0mm x 0mm
Seeing the proper resolution wasn't available, I tried editing my xorg.conf file to include it. I changed the screen section to reflect the following (The subsection is the addition and only change):
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "640x480"
Virtual 1280 1024
I restarted X, which resulted in *entirely* unreadable text in terminal and on menus (the same resolution is fine on windows), but strangely, with no change at all to the taskbar, panels, konqueror, etc. I can post a screenshot, if necessary.
I set the resolution manually with xrandr, hoping that maybe it would pick it up that way, but to no avail:
juldea@k-desktop:~$ xrandr -s 1280x1024
I started getting frustrated at that point, so after googling, I tried a number of other suggestions, including reconfiguring x with dpkg:
juldea@k-desktop:~$ dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
...And rebooting (which resulted in an unusable xorg.conf file - forcing me to restore from the backup [?]), as well as installing kcontrol in hopes of being able to set it there. Unfortunately, my install of kcontrol has no option to change the screen resolution. I've looked in every panel, and I've used its built in search function. "Resolution" turns up no results, and "screen" turns up "screensaver" and "screen saver".
I've also tried uninstalling and reinstalling my restricted nvidia drivers, but to no avail (without them, I can't start x, and after a reinstall I encounter the same problem).
If I go to "System Settings" > "Display", I am able to select a resolution for the monitor, but I am limited to 640x480 and 320x240, along with the current resolution stored in my xorg.conf file. Even with the current resolution (apparently) active for half the system (terminal, menus, etc), the display section shows 640x480 as the current. And, if I try to change it to (what should be) the current setting, I get a screen which is hugely out of bounds of my monitor, and which is still ridiculously bloated. I'm really at a loss...
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Even just pointing me in the right direction would be awesome. I'm very happy with how everything looks and functions so far, but without a resolution at least closer to the actual value, the system is (unfortunately) unusable.
Thanks a lot,
I doubt this is useful, but the output of lspci is:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P PCI to AGP Controller (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev c2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB (ICH5) SATA Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] (rev a1)
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage XL (rev 27)
02:01.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5705 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 01)
02:02.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs [SB Live! Value] EMU10k1X
02:02.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs [SB Live! Value] Input device controller
I can post lshw, or any other info, if desired.