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Old 11-02-2006, 09:22 AM   #1
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Widescreen 16:10 on Slack 11?

Im using a Viewsonic VG1921wm Widescreen LCD monitor...
But, i cant get the proper resolution for it, i just have the usual monitor settings... here, check screen.

I need to be able to use 1440x900 otherwise Widescreen wont work properly.


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Old 11-03-2006, 09:55 PM   #2
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what is your video card's brand and what chipset? i don't know how good you are with linux in general but if you are like myself (a newbie) than you might want to give another distro a try, personally i have very good results and experience with mepis and recently also with kubuntu. mepis has excellent tools built in for nvidia and ati cards, kubuntu makes it easy for you after installing automatix, which i believe can also be used with the latest mepis.
Old 11-03-2006, 11:56 PM   #3
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I am not sure what level of newbie you are however if you are confident enough edit the config file /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
Find the label:

Here the screen is setup, under a subsection with the appropriate depth, or even better all of them, add the required resolution "1440x900" in the Modes parameters, like this:

SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1440x900" "800x600" "640x480"

restart the the x server and the resolution you want should now be available.

This assumes the mode is std VESA, If this doesn't work then "1440x900" isn't a standard screen size you will have to add a new mode definition:

Section "Monitor"

Add a new mode section like

Mode "1440x900"

DotClock ?clock
HTimings ?hdisp ?hsyncstart ?hsyncend ?htotal
VTimings ?vdisp ?vsyncstart ?vsyncend ?vtotal
Flags ?"flag" ...

with parameters ? filled in for your monitor/video card combo. Be sure the settings are correct as incorrect settings can damage hardware. Look at man pages for xorg.conf for more info.

Last edited by drakoth; 11-04-2006 at 02:26 AM.
Old 11-04-2006, 04:03 AM   #4
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Thanks for reply... i have an d ati 9500 NP... the monitor is a Viewsonic VG1921wm


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