The Final Straw

Liam Proven lproven at
Wed Sep 8 13:39:36 BST 2010

On 8 September 2010 10:00, Alan Pope <alan at> wrote:
> Hi Michael,
> On 8 September 2010 08:22, Michael Haney <thezorch at> wrote:
>> Several versions ago Ubuntu once had a feature where you could go to
>> the same window where you selected your screen resolution, then click
>> on a tab and manually select your monitor hardware.  After this
>> feature was removed myself a very large number of others have had
>> problems with Ubuntu.  The main problem is we cannot install the 3D
>> accelerated drivers, because if we do our screen resolution is limited
>> to an unusable 640x480.
> Sounds like the resolution detection code needs fixing rather than
> having a manual bodge app to work around that brokenness.

I am not sure about that. Auto-detection is *not* the be-all and
end-all. It's jolly handy to be able to force-select resolutions that
are not automatically detected.

> You didn't link to the bug but I found bug 240915 (filed by you two
> years ago) which I assume is the one you're talking about.

Good point.

> You'll note that the second comment (also two yeas old)  on the bug
> was from Bryce Harrington who (at the time) worked heavily on the X
> infrastructure at Canonical. He asked for more information in the form
> of the Xorg.0.log and the out put of an lspci command. I can't see
> either of those attached to that bug report in the two years since it
> was filed. If you want to get a developer to help you, you need to
> provide the detail they need to analyse the problem.
> Whilst you're attacking it from the "we need a GUI app" angle, I
> suspect the better angle is as I mentioned previously "get the
> autodetection code fixed" then you wouldn't need a GUI app to fix the
> monitor.

Disagree. These are not directly related. They affect the same things,
yes, but neither implies the other.

> I'd say a more productive use of your time would be to respond to
> developers when you have their attention rather than bitching on the
> sounder list and threatening to create multiple petitions which would
> only waste the time of everyone involved.

A reasonable point, but it side-steps the core issue.

The issue is not "Ubuntu doesn't  always auto-detect monitors". It is
"Ubuntu really needs a GUI for forcibly selecting modes it has not

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