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Old 02-19-2008, 06:06 PM   #1
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Desktop size difficulties

I am having trouble sizing the desktop and other applications to my monitor.
I struggle to see the minimize,unminimize,maximise and log off buttons at the top right hand side of the screen, also the applications button is only half visible on the left.

I am using a 4:3 CRT 17" monitor which is shared with windows XP pro machine. (not sure if this makes any difference.)

Any help would be very much appreciated.



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Old 02-19-2008, 09:52 PM   #2
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Have you tried to change the resolution of your video? I did this in Ubuntu on an older PC that I was using it on and everything worked fine.

Old 02-19-2008, 10:38 PM   #3
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If none of the GUI applications work, you could edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf to include explicit DisplaySize, like this:

Section "Monitor"
Option "CalcAlgorithm" "UseFrameBufferTiming"
DisplaySize 432 324
HorizSync 30-81
Identifier "Monitor[0]"
ModelName "SyncMaster"
Option "DPMS"
VendorName "Samsung"
VertRefresh 56-75
UseModes "Modes[0]"
DisplaySize is the size of your screen in mm. It can be calculated by multiplying your native screen resolution with the dotpitch of your monitor. In the above example: 1600x1200 and .255 dotpitch >
1600x0.255=432 and 1200x0.255=324. This isn't required in most cases, though.

Of course, it may also be a video driver issue. I have noticed before that all my screens come out wrong (too much to the right) until I install the proprietary nvidia or ATI drivers rather than the open-source ones.

You should also be able to resize your screen by using the buttons on your monitor.


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