Dreamer smorrey at gmail.com
Fri Oct 21 02:09:22 MDT 2005

nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Delete the lines that refer to Virtual Screens and their sizes.
init 6(if your running XDM, otherwise go back to X if you ever left it
and press ctrl+alt+backspace, then type startx)
Problem solved.

On 10/20/05, Charles Curley <charlescurley at charlescurley.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 20, 2005 at 07:59:29PM -0600, Stephen Ward wrote:
> > Disclaimer: I don't really know what I'm doing. :)
> Unlike me, you admit it.
> >
> > Issue: I have an nForce motherboard with a built-in GeForce 3d
> > accelerator.  Without having installed the nvidia display drivers, I
> > was getting weird (annoying) flickering on my screen when running my X
> > server (XFree86, on debian).
> >
> > So I downloaded and installed the nvidia drivers and made sure Load
> > "glx" was included in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.  Now when I start my X
> > server, I get no flickers (yay!) and I get nice framerates with
> > glxgears (yay!), but I also get a nasty resolution/scrolling problem
> > that I can't solve and is driving me nuts.
> >
> > My X server seems to be running at a higher resolution than the
> > resolution of my monitor.  Certain parts of the desktop are off the
> > screen and in order to view them I have to move my mouse to the edge
> > of the screen and the whole desktop starts to scroll.  Arg!  I know my
> > monitor can handle a higher resolution than this, but how do I let my
> > display subsystem know this?  I didn't have this problem until I
> > installed nvidia. :(
> Here's the deal. You have a physical screen, the monitor; and a
> virtual screen, in memory in the video card. If the virtual screen is
> larger than the monitor can handle, the video card selects a portion
> of the virtual screen to ship out to the monitor.
> But all the software (X, etc.) sees the virtual screen. So stuff that
> is visible on the virtual screen may not be visible on the physical
> screen. To work with this, you can pan around in the virtual screen by
> moving the rodent pointer to any of the four edges of the physical
> screen, as you've already found.
> You may have multiple ratios between the physical and virtual
> screens. If the ratio is 1:1, which is what you are used to, then
> there is no panning. To toggle between ratios, use CTL-ALT-+ and
> CTL-ALT-- on the numeric pad.
> --
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