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Old 04-24-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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Screen Resolution on Ubuntu


I recently installed Ubuntu on my PC and I've been an XPer for a while now. Well I found the option for screen resolution under System --> Preferences --> Screen Resolution, but when I change the resolution, the screen doesn't change and if I choose to keep it, it just goes back to the previous resolution. For some websites including this one, the text is extremely small, and on others, the text is small AND the actual web page takes up about half the space it's supposed to. So, either those pages are in the middle with random space on the outside, or it's really small in the upper left hand corner.

Any help with what's going on?
Thanks in advance.
 
Old 04-24-2008, 06:55 PM   #2
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Hi, and welcome to LQ!

Sounds like you may have a driver problem. Can you post a profile of your hardware, most notably, your video card/chipset and monitor? Also, it might be helpful if you include which version of Ubuntu you're using. Thanks!

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Old 04-25-2008, 06:03 AM   #3
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Let's see, I'm using Ubuntu 7.10 - The Gutsy Gibbon. What would I look for for the Monitor and video chips; I'm in the device manager and I'm seeing a bunch of selections with numbers and letters. It's all very confusing.
 
Old 04-25-2008, 10:50 AM   #4
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Please type in a terminal: 'lspci | grep vga' (will show your graphics specs)
And 'sudo lspci -v' for more information.
Your monitor: The type no should be on the front, else see the label on the back.
 
Old 04-25-2008, 03:12 PM   #5
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Nothing happened when I typed that in the terminal. When I press enter, it just makes a new line.

As for my moniter though, here's my device manager:

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...cemanager1.png
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...cemanager2.png
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...cemanager3.png
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...cemanager4.png

AND! My sound just stopped working for no apparent reason. HALP!
Sound is fixed. But I've also been having another problem with my web browser. I dont' know if it's just Ubuntu but some webpages display "smaller" than they should be. Like, some pages will be in the middle with tons of empty space and a font so small you can barely read it and some pages display really small in the upper left hand corner too.

Last edited by SonicStream; 04-25-2008 at 08:57 PM. Reason: New problems...
 
Old 04-26-2008, 03:22 AM   #6
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Nice photos, no monitor ? Please write a line describing monitor if further problems.
For nvidia geforce2 MX400 I hope the driver in the "linux-restricted" is old enough.
But first make a backup of /etc/X11/xorg.conf, 'cd /etc/X11/' 'sudo mkdir backup_1_xorg.conf'
'cp xorg.conf backup_1_xorg.conf' then you can copy it back without renaming, if things go wrong (sudo cp -a)
Please install (with synaptic):
linux-restricted-modules-2.6.22-14-generic
nvidia-kernel-common
nvidia-glx
linux-restricted-modules-common
(If they are not there already)
One way to do setup after install: 'sudo nvidia-settings'

P.S. 'lspci'...'lspci -v' or 'sudo lspci -v' would have worked.
Good luck!
 
Old 04-26-2008, 05:53 AM   #7
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I would just look under System-Administration-Hardware drivers if there's a driver available.
If not - you likely need the legacy driver (nvidia-glx-legacy).
You might want to install envyng-gtk, it will help you to find and install the right driver.
Install it with System - Administration - Synaptic
It will be under Applications - System Tools
after the installation
 
  


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