How to set resolution in 8.10 (intrepid)?

Chris G cl at
Fri Jan 16 18:53:09 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 12:48:18PM -0500, Rashkae wrote:
> Chris G wrote:
> > I have just installed xubuntu 8.10 using a TV (via a VGA D-sub
> > connector) whose resolution is "full HD", i.e. 1920×1080.
> > 
> > How do I get xubuntu to use this resolution?  The Disply applet in the
> > Settings Manager only shows Default and some very low resolutions up
> > to 800x600.
> > 
> > The display card is an Nvidia one which seems to have been detected
> > correctly by the xubuntu installation.
> > 
> To start, have you tried installing the Nvidia binary / proprietary
> driver?  It doesn't get used by default.
I thought I had but it had failed, a second attempt worked OK and now
I have a more sensible resolution, thanks.

> Check your Administration Menu for something like "Hardware Devices",,
> it should list hardware that Ubuntu has detected that has proprietary
> drivers available (like Nvidia video card) and you can enable/install
> them with a check of the check mark.
> If the system still fails to detect the desired resolution, you can try
> using the xrandr command to force the issue.
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