Removed Feature Impact Quality of Ubuntu

Jeff Lane jeffrey.lane at
Fri May 21 16:09:43 UTC 2010

On Thu, 2010-05-20 at 23:18 -0400, Michael Haney wrote: 
> I've decided to give Ubuntu another chance.  I love the distro,
> nothing else compares, and using something else just felt like i'd
> taken a trip back in time 10 years.  My experience with both Mandriva
> 2010 and MEPIS Linux has shown me just how far Ubuntu has come, how
> more ahead of the curve Ubuntu is.  The Monitor Detection issue is a
> serious problem and does need addressing.  I'm going to join the Gnome
> list and see what I can do about getting something done towards fixing
> it.  Its an issue which should have been corrected long ago.  Perhaps
> I can get someone to make a better randr frontend that can be used to
> change your monitor hardware settings.  I have no programming
> expertise at all.  I'm going to be learning Java.  The last time I
> programmed was in ANSI-C on an old Unix minicomputer 15 years ago, and
> I've dabbled a little in Perl.  I don't know anything about Mono,
> Python or Qt.
> Thank you all.  I'll give G. Bowman's suggestion a try.

FWIW, this isn't necessarily a Ubuntu issue as I've seen very similar
behaviour in RHEL and SLES, especially with off-brand LCDs and monitors
that don't report correct data anyway.  I've also seen this issue a LOT
when running X on systems connected to KVMs that do not properly pass
the DDC probing info between the monitor and the computer.

Unfortunately, I do not know of a way in Ubuntu to get around this aside
from hand crafting an Xorg.conf file.  It's my understanding that Xorg
will use that file, if present in /etc/X11 instead of auto-probing

You could also try booting into recovery mode and running this:
# Xorg -configure 

which should create an Xorg.conf file based on what probing returns, and
then edit that as needed to match your monitors settings.  

I'm not saying that the ability to config Xorg manually via GUI or CLI
tools does not exist in Ubuntu, I've just never used them, or really
looked that hard for them as my systems all probe successfully.

Jeff Lane <jeffrey at> 
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