Screen Res problem in 16.04

Clay Weber clay at
Sat Jan 20 01:51:06 UTC 2018

On Fri, January 19, 2018 11:20 am, Bill Vance wrote:

> Ok, I'm checking out the try it and see portion of a
> 16.04 install DVD.  When I get to the screen resolution
> portion of os the System Settings, the choice of available resolutions is
> completely unsatisfactory. There are _only_ two, 720X400, and 1920X1080.
> I have
> to use a _LARGE_ magnifying glass just to see these numbers, and clicking
> on either doesn't change the resolution, at all.
> How do I get this to work, and with the entire
> spectrum of resolutions to pick, and choose from, so I can get something
> decent to work with?
> Bill

What resolution are you expecting?
What gpu is this, and what monitor or system is it?
In the live session, only the free drivers are available, so it is
possible that only the screen's native resolution is available, or it
can't properly detect the screen's resolution options.

Now, if you were to install 16.04, on higher res monitors and TVs, the
1920x1080 is the best resolution, but of course the ui and fonts will all
be tiny. To get better size, you don't change the resolution, you change
settings for font dpi and screen scaling, as described in this video:
Unfortunately, these changes do require a logout for them  to take effect,
which is problematic on a live session :)

Clay Weber

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