"Screen Resolution" setting - how is it supposed to work? is there any help?

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Wed Oct 8 14:18:19 UTC 2008

Chris G wrote:
> I'm very confused by the "Screen Resolution" application in
> Preferences, when loaded it calls itself "Monitor Resolution Settings".
> First question, what does the "Mirror Screens" button do? Turning it
> on just makes a blue box appear in the middle of the window with
> "Unknown" written on it.  Turning it on also seems to reduce the
> choices I'm presented with.

On most systems mirroring is when you have two or more displays that all 
show the same thing.

Think of it as a projector hooked to your computer and you do a 
slideshow. The slide on the projector is the same as on your screen 
facing you.

Otherwise you treat it as non-mirrored, a second desktop, where you can 
slide your pointer off one side and it appears on the other desktop. In 
that case you'd have a projector with your slideshow while you're 
looking at notes on your display.

> Secondly what does "Detect Displays" do?  

Tried to automatically configure all connected display devices to proper 
refresh and resolution by detecting their model and capabilities so you 
don't have to guess.

> Thirdly where's the Help?  When I click on Help I get nothing.

Um...sorry, don't know that one.

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