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Old 02-18-2008, 08:31 AM   #1
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Angry My Desktop Resolution Will Not Give Option for 1024 x 768

Hey to all. I am fairly new to using Linux, my fresh install of Ubuntu ver. 7.04 is giving me a work-over to say the least!

First, I should give you necessary system detail: Compaq Presario Mdl. 5050 (I know guys!! Its only a test machine). It has an integrated ATI 3D Rage LT Pro AGP-133 (I believe this to be known, also, as a Mach 64). For some strange reason, I cannot get resolution greater than 800 x 600!! I need to have resolution of 1024 x 768! Can anyone please tell me, first, how to get the resolution I need in this operating system, and second, if I must install a driver specifically for this distro, where do I get it from?

I've tried many sites, to find an appropriate driver (all to no avail). I'm really getting ticked that I can't get beyond this point because it is driving me mad!!

Any (all) assistance is greatly appreciated.
Old 02-18-2008, 08:45 AM   #2
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if you already tried system > preferences > screen resolution and nothing happened it would be easier to help if you paste here your xorg.conf file

It is located at /etc/X11/

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Old 02-18-2008, 10:27 AM   #3
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Your xorg.conf will have the settings you need to change for your screen resolution. Its under the SCREENS section. You'll see a bunch of resolutions. 1024 x 768 should be listed before 800x600, I believe thats the highest resolution by default which means you probably need to get the driver for your card.

Also go to your command line and post the output of lsmod (this will list your loaded modules)

Your ATI card can be very tricky to get working correctly. ATI provides a linux driver for some of its cards but i'm not seeing yours.

I had a ati Radeon Xpress 200m on my laptop and it took a lot of work to get the 3d rendering working properly. ATI isn't the best choice with Linux IMO. I recently bought a NVIDA card and completely painless driver install and it fully worked. The total install time for it was around 1 hour +/- 30 min. I love NVIDA's support for Linux.
Old 02-18-2008, 11:04 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Th3_J3st3R View Post
Your ATI card can be very tricky to get working correctly.
It should actually be quite simple, since it is an older card the open source driver should work fine and is already included with Ubuntu, all he must do is specify that X uses the 'ati' driver.
Old 02-19-2008, 01:20 PM   #5
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You can also open a terminal and issue the command

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

You can choose the ati driver and screen resolution that way.


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