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Old 07-31-2009, 06:17 PM   #1
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800x600 display renders some menus unusable

I'm trying to use a non-hi-res tv as a monitor that only works at 800x600, but some menus are so big that I can't get to the save button. I'm using Fedora 11 with Gnome desk top. Most frustratingly, the display control menu is one of them.

Is there a setting?

Thanks in advance. Rondo

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Would this help?
Old 08-01-2009, 07:36 PM   #3
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Look in the xorg.conf man page under "Display subsection". I think you may want to add a Virtual entry.
       Virtual  xdim ydim
              This  optional entry specifies the virtual screen resolution to be used.  xdim must be a multiple of either 8 or 16 for most drivers,
              and a multiple of 32 when running in monochrome mode.  The given value will be rounded down if this is not  the  case.   Video  modes
              which  are  too  large  for the specified virtual size will be rejected.  If this entry is not present, the virtual screen resolution
              will be set to accommodate all the valid video modes given in the Modes entry.  Some drivers/hardware  combinations  do  not  support
              virtual screens.  Refer to the appropriate driver-specific documentation for details.
That would give you a virtual screen larger than your real screen.

Another option for reaching the bottom of windows and dialogs, such as clicking an "OK" box hidden below the screen, is to hold down the [ALT] key, press anywhere on the window or dialog box and drag it, to reach the part you need. This won't work for drop down menu's but will for moving windows.

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Old 08-02-2009, 07:55 AM   #4
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Sometimes this will do, just to see the 'save button' :

Move the top and bottom panels to : left and right.
Old 08-02-2009, 10:20 PM   #5
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800x600 actually 640x480

Thanks, as my title suggests, I was actually in 640x480 and by holding down the alt key I could drag the display menu to reach the save button and actually get it in 800x600. I will also play with xorg.conf to see if it will come up in 800x600 which works fine.

Thanks for all your responses.


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