[SATLUG] Monitor res in Ubuntu 10.04

mark mark at kandm-solutions.com
Fri Jan 7 23:47:59 CST 2011

as far as learning I do best by just trying to do things over and over
until I figure it out. I've heard this strategy as a description of how
Linux adds functionality in general, the "hoard" just pounds on it until
it works. Google is great and so are the man pages. For me the man pages
weren't really very helpful until I got used to reading them. They're
like aquiring a taste for something, you have to get used to it.

My recomendation would be to aquire some machines that don't always have
to work. Use those for projects. That way you can practice on them and
if you accidentaly break something, its no biggie. Then when you
understand things better you can use those skills on the machines that
do need to work. I almost always practice a complex configuration on a
test computer or network before I implement it on the real deal.

I'll post a more thourough explanation of creating your xorg.conf when I
have a little more time, probably tomorrow.

On Fri, 2011-01-07 at 23:13 -0600, hc at lookcee.com wrote:
> Hi mark, Thanks for your input. Referring back to my orig post I did get this fixed shortly after installing 10.04. I recently had HD failure and .. my bad!! My notes had not been backed up, so gone but it did involve creating a config file and adding the preferred mode from gtf output into the screen sec.
> I can use the puter as is but max screen hides the scroll bar and top bar making it difficult to go back to smaller window. LOL I'm ok till I forget.
> I would like to know how to do it again if u will please guide me. Also I would very much appreciate any tips and comments u have to help me learn what I am doing.
> ... James please continue with your help, I also would like to know why xandra is failing and get that sorted out. I just gotta learn this stuf. What does it mean when it says 'bad name' is the screen name VGA1 what it is referring to? A google I read had the code shown same as we tried but had VGA-1 is that a clue? Also you have two set commands both the current and the new is that so that 2x-uparrow/enter will revert back without hassle?
> I also see that the failure is occurring with the first command: xrandr --newmode "1280x1024_75.00"  138.54  1280 1368 1504 1728  1024 1025 1028 1069  -HSync +Vsync 
> X Error of failed request:  BadName (named color or font does not exist)???? I didn't see that ref in the man pg.
> hh
> There are some things that you can not do without an xorg.conf. I guess
> you consider limiting options an advancement then it would be. Grub2
> added extensive functionality so it was a true step forward. I don't
> think it is a reasonable comparison. 
> Xrandr does not always detect all of the capabilities of a monitor and
> video card. Getting the full use out of your hardware should not be
> considered a step backward.
> On Thu, 2011-01-06 at 22:10 -0600, James Sundell wrote:
> > when we say xorg is configured on the fly, it really means xorg asks xrandr
> > "What display modes does the system support?" So we need to tell xrandr that
> > 1) there is a new mode it didnt detect 2) we have to add a name for the new
> > mode settings and 3) set the VGA1 output to this new mode. Thank you for
> > posting the output of your xrandr, it looks like your monitor is named VGA1
> > as well, just like mine.
> > 
> > Type this into CLI:
> > 
> > xrandr --newmode "1280x1024_75.00"  138.54  1280 1368 1504 1728  1024 1025
> > 1028 1069  -HSync +Vsync
> > xrandr --addmode VGA1 1280x1024
> > xrandr --output VGA1 --mode 1024x768
> > xrandr --output VGA1 --mode 1280x1024
> > 
> > If your screen turns black after the last command, before you press ANYTHING
> > else, push the up arrow twice then enter. That will set your video mode back
> > to 1024*768 so we can at least get an idea where we went wrong. It looks to
> > me like you didnt substitute #VGA# for the name of your monitor, VGA1 which
> > would explain why the first attempt failed.
> > 
> > Please keep in mind using an xorg file would be a step back in Ubuntu terms,
> > xrandr is how most of the ubuntu community manages their screen resolutions.
> > Kinda like when we went from grub to grub2.. it hurt, but it paid off in the
> > end
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