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Flux84 05-30-2007 04:00 AM

Linux Display Driver
Hi there,

I've recently set my laptop up to dual boot Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux. Both run flawlessly, but the Linux display driver doesn't support my resolution. It uses 1024 x 768 and stretches the display to fit the widescreen. I think the resolution on my laptop is 1200 x 800. Does anyone know where I could download a driver that would display Linux in that res? I've tried the laptop vendor site, they only have Windows drivers and I've tried nVidia's web site. They have a 32 bit Linux driver but there is no mention of resolution.

Any help would be appreciated!


SpongeStone 06-01-2007 08:34 PM


I had the same problem with my Laptop, i managed it, by adding the resolution to the X11 config file.

open the xorg.conf in a texteditor as root.
sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Now look for the section "Screen", i guess the list of resolutions will catch your eyes, you can't miss it.
Now easily add the Resolution you need. This may look like this.

        SubSection "Display"
                Depth        24
                Modes                "1280x800"        "1024x768"        "800x600"        "640x480"

Now execute the nvidia-settings, switch to the "X Server Display Configuraion" panel, choose your new resolution and confirm by pressing Apply.

now have a lot of fun :happy:


Flux84 06-06-2007 08:22 AM


Thanx for your reply. I tried to edit the Xorg.conf file, only to find that it already had "1280x200" written in it! In fact, it has a list of display depths (1, 2, 4, 8 , 16 & 24) and they all have "1280x200" in them. So why does the screen resolution options only offer up to 1024 x 768?

SpongeStone 06-06-2007 12:31 PM


Originally Posted by SpongeStone (Post 6920)
execute the nvidia-settings, switch to the "X Server Display Configuraion" panel, choose your new resolution and confirm by pressing Apply.

You didn't tryed it on this way, did you?

Check it, i guess it will work.
Good luck!

btw. I guess, "1280x200" is not a valid display resolution.

bye, sponge

Flux84 06-07-2007 03:52 AM

I don't know what you mean by 'execute the nvidia-settings'. I've only been using Ubuntu Linux for a week! lol

SpongeStone 06-07-2007 05:42 AM

Ok, im also a newbie to linux ^^

Press [alt]+[f2] to display the execute Dialog, type nvidia-settings and confirm by pressing Return.

If there's something, you don't understand, or something what don't work, tell it at the Thread! (Makes it easyer to you and us to solve the Problem)

Regards of the Sponge

Flux84 06-08-2007 05:08 AM

OK, I tried it. I got a message saying 'nvidia-settings could not be found' or something to that effect.

SpongeStone 06-10-2007 06:40 AM

Oops, thought you alraedy installed the nvidia driver ... ömmm, do you actually have a nvidia graphics Card in your Laptop? :D

Ok, if you have an nvidia Graphics Card, you may download the Drivers from here. Unix Drivers Portal Page

Otherwise you can look for the "Restricted Hardware" entry in your system Menu, here you can activate your graphics card - the drivers will be automaticly downoadet and installed.

Good luck.

Regards of the Sponge

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