[NetBehaviour] Screen resolution in Ubuntu

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Jul 27 16:55:03 CEST 2008

Hi Pall,

Yes, all what you say is definitely what I am dealing with. I am 
currently waiting for the computer suppliers themselves to come up with 
something useful - nothing from them for 12 hrs though.

It seems that this is not an unusual problem for laptops/ubuntu style. 
There are solutions but quite dramatic ones, I will pursue this a little 
while longer for about a week maximum and if it does not work, another 
linux/OS will have to be used.

 >it should fall back on a xorg.conf.failsafe file if something goes wrong.

I've done this - but I am beginning to suspect that it really comes down 
to the spec of the comp-makers.

One of the reasons that I chose Ubuntu, was because we wanted to offer 
recycled/free laptops to kids locally with free (non proprietorial) 
operating systems from our furtherfield/HTTP space in London. I also 
wanted upload pure:dyne on them as well, they things are going it's 
going to be a rather painful summer...

Much thanks for your suggestions, I will attempt them :-)


> Hi Marc,
> This means that Ubuntu isn't recognizing the hardware. There's really 
> no simple way of fixing this. You have to figure out what is the 
> correct driver and manually configure everything around that.
> If you know exactly what your video card is you could try doing this:
> mess up your xorg.conf file in /etc/X11/ (Should probably make a 
> backup first). You'll have to sudo to make changes to it. It's 
> probably even ok to delete it, it should fall back on a 
> xorg.conf.failsafe file if something goes wrong.
> Then reboot your computer and it should tell you that it can't display 
> properly based on /etc/X11/xorg.conf and provides you with a graphic 
> interface for selecting your video card, driver, properties, etc.
> Who knows, might work.
> Pall
> On Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 11:58 AM, marc garrett 
> <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org <mailto:marc.garrett at furtherfield.org>> 
> wrote:
>     Hi everyone,
>     I'm having a problem with my laptop. Recently bought a Laptop from
>     novatech.
>     Loaded Linux -  Ubuntu onto it - everything works a dream except
>     for the
>     resolution itself.
>     The resolution is limited to either 800m x 600 61 Hz, or 640 x 480 60
>     Hz. I need the resolution to be 1280 x 800, or similar at least.
>     Now, I have been to various forums, but nothing seems to work. I have
>     also contacted the makers of the Laptop as well, still waiting for
>     their
>     reply.
>     Now - if anyone has some straight forward suggestions that are
>     clear for
>     someone who simply wants to copy and paste code, rather then spend
>     hours
>     inside the depths of their comp, due to being pretty busy - that would
>     be helpful ;-)
>     Hopefully any suggestions will help others as well.
>     marc
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