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Old 08-15-2003, 06:05 PM   #1
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1440x900 Resolution

I am having a heck of a time getting my widscreen laptop to display correctly. It needs a resolution of 1440x900 or 1280x800 in order to display correctly. How do I make a custom resolution that X can display? After I get this fixed, I want to be able to configure the nvidia driver for the built in GeforceFX go5200. I am using the vesa driver for now because the nvidia driver doesn't seem to want to go beyond 1024x768 which sucks on a large screen. Any help would be awesome since I am ready to pull my hair out.
Old 08-24-2003, 11:33 PM   #2
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First of all.. go download the real NVidia drivers.. which will go to any resolution you ever wanted.. then, read the readme file on editing your config, and pick your resolution.
Old 08-24-2003, 11:46 PM   #3
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/etc/XF86Config, add resolution to correct section
Old 11-15-2010, 10:27 PM   #4
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Nota Bene

I realize this is an ANCIENT thread, but I post this reply for people with the same problem I had who may find this thread. My issue was using Sabayon (though not OS specific) Linux with a Polaroid tla-01911c 19-inch HD television as a monitor attached via VGA cable to my nVidia GeForce 6200 NV44a AGP video card and not getting the proper set of resolutions available to the "monitor". Studying my /etc/var/Xorg.0.log showed me that the card could not get EDID info from the monitor. (Let's see how many more keywords I can add)

What I finally did was set a "modeline" (not just "modes" but actually "modeline") so that EDID info was not necessary. Turns out it's an ancient method that still works.

The link below is what got it working for me:

Hope this helps the next poor fellow looking to get something other than 4:3 resolutions on a 16:10 screen!



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