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I just installed Slackware 9.0 which contains KDE 3.1
After installing, the first time I typed startx, it took me to KDE 3.1, and seems to have a resolution of 1024 * 768, but the refresh rate was horrible. So I went to the Control Centre then the XFree86 Configuration (KXConfig), it used a generic monitor, so the highest refresh rate for 1024 * 768 was 60Hz, so I selected my monitor (15" Philips 105s), and selected 1024 * 768 and 70Hz, pressed save, said I have to restart session to take effect, so I logged out, and typed startx again, and this time it seems to have used some other resolution, I think it's 800 * 600, checked KXConfig, and it said it's using 1024 * 768, but it's obviously not doing that. The panel is so big the clock doesn't even show up properly and the program menu goes up almost to the top of the screen.
I tried pressing Ctrl+Alt -/+, but all it did was flipped between that resolution and another even lower resolution. I know the video card and monitor can do 1024 * 768, it works in Windows.
I tried changing the resolution to other settings as well, 640 * 480, but none of them seems to have any effect.
Load your x server and try put the mouse at the very edge of you screen and it should scroll over. Open a text editor in x or in text and open /etc/X11/XF86Config. Scroll through and you should see numbers like "640" "480", "800" "600",
"1024 768". Get ride of all the resolutions you don't want in there and it should load when you restart x. this
might be helpful, I had the same problem