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Old 09-17-2006, 09:49 PM   #1
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16:10 monitor will only do 4:3

Yeah, my monitor will only display up to 1024x768, even though I have added "1280x800" in my xorg.conf for 24 bit, which is my default color depth.

I'm on a Sony VAIO laptop. What should I do?
Old 09-18-2006, 03:36 PM   #2
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Did you come across the term "modeline" ...

If you Google for modeline (and VAIO) you'll probably find a couple sample configurations that may work.
Old 09-18-2006, 10:42 PM   #3
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I downloaded the driver from nvidia, installed it (no patches needed, as seen in some howtos), and ran nvidia-xconfig, and it worked. Woop. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, though.

But if someone is searching for a fix for this, and has the exact same setup (Sony VAIO SZ), don't add the modeline from the ubuntu on linux howto, because it will mess shit up until you reboot. Just go straight for the driver install. Driver's at

I installed it with:

# sh /path/to/ --extract-only
# cd NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-8178-pkg1
# ./nvidia-installer -n
# nvidia-xconfig

replace the version number above with whatever the latest is ^


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