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If MEPIS won't provide you with graphical tools, you can simply edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf (if you cannot find the file, use locate xorg.conf or find / -name xorg.conf to find it); scroll down the file until you come across the display section (or was it monitor or display? I never remember..they're quite short sections so it's not a big job to read them all through), and find the line that lists the available resolutions; they're listed one after another on one line, and the very first resolution of that line is used if possible; the ones after it are available but not used unless you specifically ask or if the first one can't be used for some reason.
So, when you find this line (there could be more than one line down the file, for different color depths for example, so go through them all) just look how the resolutions are written and separated from each other, then just write a new desired resolution (that is supported by your screen) at the beginning of the list, save the file and restart X (press CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE while in X) and you should see if it helped.
my resolution is also low (1024x768) but i am pretty sure its a limitation of my monitor. trying an unsupported resolution/frequency should just skip to the next option in the list mentioned by b0uncer, but there is a slight chance it can fry your hardware... just a warning, make sure that you don't try something too outrageous...
Distribution: antiX using herbstluftwm, i3, wmii, fluxbox, icewm and jwm.
If you were able to get higher resolution when using Ubuntu and you still have its xorg.conf, you could compare the difference with the Mepis one, and add the extra bits. It might even work to copy/paste the xorg.conf to Mepis, but as I wrote it MIGHT.
What I have had to do to make my VDU run at full resolution is edit all the Modes commands in all the SubSection "Display" blocks to contain only the resolution I want to use. Of course, this requires that Section "Monitor" contain a few Modelines for that resolution and it is helpful to have the correct horizontal and vertical scan frequency ranges in that Section also.
In previous Versions of Mepis you could boot the LIVE CD and at the Mepis boot screen hit F3 to choose your desired resolution, then when the live CD has completly booted click the install to hard drive Icon on the desktop then pick the reinstall xorg configuration and choose save. Reboot and your new resolution will be the default at every bootup.
I also forgot to mention that when you have multiple resolutions configured, you can/you should be able to switch between them using ctrl-alt-plus and ctrl-alt-minus from your numeric keypad (the right side of your keyboard). Though I have to say, I've encountered one X in the past that didn't do that (I never got to know the reason, though, which distrurbs me a bit).