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Old 03-01-2005, 06:15 PM   #1
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Screen resolution with Ubuntu Linux

I just installed Ubuntu Linux (based on Debian) on my Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop (with Celeron processor).

During installation, I set the screen resolution to 1024 x 768 for the 14.1 in laptop screen
per Dell's specs. However, the various apps that I open (except Firefox) are huge
and can't fit on the screen, no matter how much resizing that I try to do.

So, I opened the System Configuration window, went to Screen Resolution
Preferences, and found the Default Settings to be 640 x 480 with 86 Hz
Refresh rate. I tried to change both. There should be a drop-down list where
I can select my settings for both, but neither is there so I couldn't change anything.

I went back to the X configuration set-up and changed the screen resolution once again, just to see if doing so would make a difference. It didn't.

I have been told that I need to edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf to re-set the screen resolution to 1024 x 768 from 640 x 480 but, if I'm going to do that, I need *very* detailed, idiot-level, step-by-step instructions (i.e. begining with "turn on the power ... :-) ).

How can I change the screen resolution and get everything to fit on my laptop screen?


Old 03-02-2005, 05:37 AM   #2
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Here is a copy of the relevant section of my /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Section "Screen"
	Identifier	"Default Screen"
	Device		"ATI Technologies, Inc. Radeon 320M (RS200 IGP)"
	Monitor		"Generic Monitor"
	DefaultDepth	24
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth		1
		Modes		"1024x768"
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth		4
		Modes		"1024x768"
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth		8
		Modes		"1024x768"
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth		15
		Modes		"1024x768"
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth		16
		Modes		"1024x768"
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth		24
		Modes		"1024x768"
Hope this helps.


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