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Old 01-18-2006, 05:26 AM   #1
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How do you increase Debian 3.1r1 above 800x600

Hi Everyone
I've finally installed Debian 3.1r1 and am generally quite satisfied. There's one problem though Debian display resolutions go only as high as 800x600. This makes the windows too big. My question is: How and can you increase the display resolution closer to 1280x1024.
I'd appreciate any help.
Old 01-18-2006, 05:50 AM   #2
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The way I got around this was to manually edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file and add 1024x768 (my monitor is a lot older than yours ) to the list of supported resolutions. You'll then just need to restart X to get the higher resolution.

This worked for me - although I'm not sure this is the best solution, so someone more knowledgable may offer a better suggestion.
Old 01-18-2006, 05:54 AM   #3
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you need to edit the file /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

edit the Mode line in the screen section and add desired resolution ie:

SubSection	"Display"
		Depth	24
		Modes	"1280x1024"
good luck

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Old 01-18-2006, 05:57 AM   #4
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I solved this one by running "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86". Make sure to de-select all the options except 1280x1024. I have a flat panel LCD display so I had to make sure to state that as well and the correct horizontal and vertical sync rates. I hope this helps.
Old 01-18-2006, 11:03 AM   #5
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In order for this to work, you'll need to be using the correct driver for your video card and not the Mesa drivers to which your installation may have defaulted. Also, if you installed Xorg, the configuration file to be edited is /etc/X11.xorg.conf
Old 01-21-2006, 01:21 AM   #6
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Hi,from work
I,ve wondered since I'm using an Nvidia GeForce 3 Ti 200 AGP video card; if that
might figure in with the display configuration. When configuring the video at
installation I chose 'nv' as my driver. I'll give what you say a go
rickh. Thanks I'll get back to y'all when I get home.

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Old 01-21-2006, 07:48 AM   #7
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deroB since you have debian installed also; I new that your post would
be the one to follow So I deleted the Section "Screen" settings
below "1024x768" and rebooted. When KDE openned, I could see that the
changes-to the good-had taken place. I look foreward to talking
with you further; if I have any other Debian troubles. Have a good afternoon and
a marvelous weekend.
Old 01-21-2006, 12:28 PM   #8
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tech111 nv driver should be fine but depending on your monitor horiz and vert refresh rates and what type it is you can edit /etc/X11/XF86conf-4 file to adjust desktop according to optimal settings for that monitor. If interested you can look at for guide on installing nvidia driver in sarge.
Old 01-21-2006, 02:22 PM   #9
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this is *nix no need to reboot


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