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Old 03-26-2005, 01:32 AM   #1
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Resolution Problem

I'm currently running a KVM switch between my Redhat 7.3 machine(shell only install) and an WinXP machine. The monitor the two machines share serves as the secondary on my Win machine (I run a dual monitor configuration). Its an old monitor and on the Windows side of things is running at the highest resolution I can get it to witout it scrambling (640x480 32bit). My problem is when I switch over to Linux, the command line goes about three lines below the bottom edge of the monitor. I can move the screen up vertical and then strink it so it fits, but when I switch back to Windows, a get a skinny rectangle for a screen due to the changes I made. Is there some sort of setting I can change on my Linux machine to make everything fit without having to change the monitor settings? Thanks

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Old 03-26-2005, 10:29 AM   #2
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Sounds like you need to edit your bootloader's config file to include a video comment.
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I do the exact same thing, and have almost the exact same problem, so you're not alone.

Does your monitor have an "Auto Adjust" button on it? If so, every time you switch, just press the auto adjust, which fits the image properly on your monitor. As masonm said, a video comment might help.

I don't think it's our monitors that do this, I think it's more the fact that Linux and WinXP use different positioning techniques but I could be wrong.

Anyway, I hope this helps
Old 03-27-2005, 01:05 AM   #4
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No such luck as having any sort of auto-adjust button. Like I mentioned, this monitor is really really old. As for the video comment thing, how would I go about doing that?
Old 03-27-2005, 11:54 AM   #5
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In addition to my previous question, is there a way to change how Linux uses the screen? After messing with it a little bit, I'm starting to think that the problem lies in what parts of the display is being used, Linux taking up more then Windows, but thats just an observation..


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