screen resolution

Knute Johnson ubuntu at
Sun Mar 27 04:55:47 UTC 2011

On 03/26/2011 09:50 PM, Ric Moore wrote:
> On Sun, 2011-03-27 at 16:29 +1300, chris wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am running an asus p4 with an nvidia graphics card, and 2 gig of ram.
>> This is a back up machine that I have configured with Ubuntu 10.4.2.
>> It is dual boot with windows xp
>> Under ubuntu, I can not get a higher screen resolution than 1040x768.
>> I am using a viewsonic lcd screen with a native resolution of 1600x1200.
>> Nothing I have tried, googled, or downloaded in the way of nvidia
>> drivers will allow a higher resolution
>> Any ideas thoughts etc greatly appreciated
>> Chris
> The trick with the Nvidia X-Server Settings application is on the second
> tab (X Server Display Configuration), to write out the new configuration
> to /etc/X11/xorg.conf. It's obscure and I missed it myself for some
> time. You can adjust and play with the setup to your heart's content,
> but no changes are permanent until you manually save them by clicking on
> "Save to X Configuration File". I guess that's a good thing, in case you
> chose a setting that blows everything up. You wouldn't save it and a
> reboot would recover to the previous state. Hope this helps. Ric

And I could never get it to work until I ran it as root.  Probably took 
me a couple of years to finally get it working ;-).


Knute Johnson
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