Introducing myself to the list, and a first question

Les Wright leslie.wright at
Mon Aug 20 06:48:13 UTC 2007

Dave, I am embarrassed to say my problem was even more basic.

I realize now that I was attempting to use 1280x960 for my first few 
efforts--a totally legal resolution, but it doesn't look good on this 

I believe that in earlier versions of xorg.conf i had mistyped 1260x980. 
Ubuntu boots, calls xorg.conf, hits that nonsense resolution, and my 
monitor objects.

The _60 appendage doesn't seem necessary at all. If I type just 
1260x1024 as the option, I get the desired result.

Many thanks again,


p.s. sound seems to work fine.

Dave Marple wrote:

> Good to hear, and best of luck with ubuntu!  And never hesitate to 
> drop me a line if you think I can help with something.
> Dave
> On 8/19/07, Les Wright <leslie_wright at 
> <mailto:leslie_wright at>> wrote:
>     Dave, your suggestion to append _60 worked! I now have nice crisp
>     1280x1024 resolution!
>     I attach the working xorg.conf file.
>     Many thanks!
>     Les
>     Dave Marple <d.marple at <mailto:d.marple at>> wrote:
>         Might as well, but usually only 24 is used I believe.
>         Get we soon,
>         Dave
>         On 8/19/07, Les Wright < leslie.wright at
>         <mailto:leslie.wright at>> wrote:
>             Thanks Dave, I will try that when I get time this week.
>             I am a bit delirious with the flu right now so my OP is
>             riddled with typos. The correct desired resolution of my
>             monitor is 1280x1024, not 1280x1084 as I wrote the second
>             time.. I know from running it with Windows the 5:4 aspect
>             ratio is indeed the crispest. Everything looks freakishly
>             huge at 1024x768 or less. Ubuntu looks so good on the 
>             Mac, and the VMware virtual drivers seem to have no
>             difficulty coping with resizing the host window, etc. It
>             can't be impossible to get my monitor to work!
>             In my xorg.conf file there are several listings of
>             resolutions ranging from 2 to 24 bits, so something akin
>             to that. Should I add "1280x1024_60" to all of them?
>             many thanks,
>             Les
>             Dave Marple wrote:
>>             Hey,
>>             Getting xorg to work can sometimes be a huge headache. 
>>             The good news is that there is a GUI configuration in the
>>             works...the bad news is it isn't here yet.  Ubuntu should
>>             have no problem supporting your monitor, something tells
>>             me that ubuntu is probably supplying the wrong refresh
>>             rate.  Try putting in 1280x1084_60 which should force a
>>             60hz refresh rate.  Otherwise copypaste me your xorg.conf
>>             and we'll try to get it sorted out.
>>             Best of luck.
>>             Elpram
>>             On 8/19/07, Les Wright < leslie.wright at
>>             <mailto:leslie.wright at>> wrote:
>>                 Greetings Canadian Ubuntu users!
>>                 I recently got a new iMac with lots of memory and
>>                 have effortlessly
>>                 installed Feisty in a virtual machine under VMware
>>                 Fusion. It looks and
>>                 runs beautifully there, and since I splurged on the
>>                 extra 2GB of memory
>>                 (I got a good price through the York U computer
>>                 store), I can run Ubuntu
>>                 alongside XP and the native Mac OS easily. It only
>>                 starts breathing hard
>>                 if if doing any disk intensive work that keeps the
>>                 hard drive busy. I am
>>                 a very happy guy. I haven't been so happy with a
>>                 computer since first
>>                 fooling around with the TRS-80 as a teen.
>>                 My installation of Ubuntu to my old PC didn't go as
>>                 smoothly. It works
>>                 well enough, and I am pleased my Netgear wireless
>>                 card was recognized
>>                 out of the box and I could download needed updates
>>                 and desired packages.
>>                 But the monitor is another story.
>>                 I have 19" Samsung Syncmaster 192N--an older monitor,
>>                 but it works fine
>>                 and should achieve a maximum resolution of 1280x1024
>>                 but I haven't been
>>                 able to get above 1024x768 with the built in nv
>>                 driver. The card is one
>>                 in NVidia GeForce4 MX series, don't know which one. I
>>                 have gotten the
>>                 legacy driver that supports this card from the NVidia
>>                 site. My first
>>                 install attempt led to me losing video and the
>>                 monitor displaying a
>>                 little box saying "video mode not supported". The
>>                 first couple of times
>>                 I did a complete reinstall of Ubuntu until I realized
>>                 that Ctrl-Alt-F1
>>                 or Ctrl-Alt-F2 led me to the shell. The first couple
>>                 of times I let the
>>                 nividia installer set up my xorg.conf file for me,
>>                 but after a couple of
>>                 reinstalls I thought the wiser of that and Chose to
>>                 try to make
>>                 adjustments manually. So I listed "nvidia" as the
>>                 driver and removed
>>                 "nv" and couple of other options as specified in the
>>                 Readme. The bottom
>>                 line is that if "nvidia" is in that line in lieu of
>>                 "nv", I lose video
>>                 and have to go into the shell sudo nano
>>                 /etc/X11/xorg.conf to fix what I
>>                 have changed to get video back again. I have tried
>>                 added "1280x1084" to
>>                 the resolution options list, but it doesn't show up
>>                 in the drop down
>>                 menu in the Screen Resolution options.
>>                 The good thing is that my card reader on the old PC
>>                 is recognized, so I
>>                 can easily back up my home directory and do a
>>                 completely fresh
>>                 reisnstall of Ubuntu if that is what it takes. It is
>>                 not crucial that I
>>                 get this old box to work, since my Mac version works
>>                 so well, but it is
>>                 the pricinple of the thing. If there is a way to get
>>                 the best resolution
>>                 out of this Samsung monitor and NVidia card, I would
>>                 like to know how. I
>>                 believe others have made this work.
>>                 Many thanks
>>                 Les
>>                 Toronto
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