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Hi. Im new to Slackware. I've used Suse a lot in the past, but i didnt get away from kde much. Now im using slackware and fluxbox trying to learn the more interesting parts of linux. Here's my question. In suse i could set my resolution to 1280x1024 through kde's display settings and didnt have any problems with display. But now on fluxbox the resolution looks big, like 1024x768. I need to find out how to get fluxbox to display in 1280, because everything is too huge on my screen. Thanks a lot in advance
By the way, if you have a standard CRT monitor then "1280x1024" uses the wrong aspect ratio (5:4), so everything will look slightly fatter than it should. You really want to use "1280x960", "1152x864" or one of the other 4:3 modes (if your monitor can handle it and the refresh rate isn't too low, maybe try "1400x1050").
"1280x1024" is generally for the more squarish lcd panels.
# Any number of screen sections may be present. Each describes
# the configuration of a single screen. A single specific screen section
# may be specified from the X server command line with the "-screen"
Identifier "Screen 1"
Device "VESA Framebuffer"
Monitor "My Monitor"
# If your card can handle it, a higher default color depth (like 24 or 32)
# is highly recommended.
# "1024x768" is also a conservative usable default resolution. If you
# have a better monitor, feel free to try resolutions such as
# "1152x864", "1280x1024", "1600x1200", and "1800x1400" (or whatever your
# card/monitor can produce)
Here is My suggestion. Look up your monitor's and your video card's specs on google. That is refresh rates, chipset, monitor size etc. Then from terminal run xorgconfig, and go through it. It should work.
Well, most (not too old) CRT monitors support 1280x1024 even if the aspect ratio is wrong with a decent refresh rate, and any resolution works as long as it doesn't make it violate the HSync and VRef ranges (and perhaps other restrictions, I'm certainly no expert on monitors) although the refresh rate might be low.
You're best to stick with resolutions that match the actual size of the monitor (don't get me started on people who stretch out broadcast tv signals to fit new widescreen displays!)