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newbiesforever 12-27-2012 05:55 PM

my best screen resolution is unavailable
I think I did something wrong during the X configuration that I went through before starting a newly installed copy of VectorLinux, because I'm having a screen resolution problem. All I can get is 1024x768 and below, but my optimal resolution is 1680x1050. That's an X issue, isn't it? Where do I change it? I couldn't find what I needed in vasm.

adamk75 12-27-2012 05:59 PM

Please show us your /var/log/Xorg.0.log file.


curtdodds 12-27-2012 08:04 PM

screen resolution bad
A recent linux distro install resulted in the same 1024x768, even with a detailed xorg.conf.
I panicked when booting into existing multiboot linux installations also gave me 1024.

Seems recent xorg insists upon reading the EDID from the monitor, even with a spelled out xorg.conf.
In my case, I was using a KVM switch to multiplex between computers, and it had somehow latched up.
Powering off EVERYTHING, especially the KVM switch, and powering up again cleared the latch up.

Inspect the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log, read it in detail, to discover your problem.
Try booting a live CD, if you don't multi-boot, to determine if it is hardware or your new install.

newbiesforever 12-27-2012 11:14 PM

I'm trying to post that file, but it's over 68,000 characters and I'm not allowed to post it all. Shall I break it up into multiple posts?

adamk75 12-28-2012 09:56 AM

Use a service like and then give us the link back to it.


newbiesforever 12-28-2012 10:46 AM


adamk75 12-28-2012 03:35 PM

Yeah, you are using the vesa xorg driver. Try creating a new xorg.conf file by running 'Xorg -configure' from a console, and then see if X works any better.

EDIT: Alternatively, you could use the proprietary driver from nvidia.


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