Screen resolution question

William Attwood wattwood at
Mon Apr 7 10:59:07 MDT 2008

You can google and manually change /etc/X11/xorg.conf   you should see a
part where it has "640x480" in your Screen section -- try to add another
value of "1280x1024" to that, re-start X, and see if you can change it.


On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 11:50 AM, Andres Gonzalez <gonzo at>

> I recently install the new Ubuntu on a new box I just built. I had an old
> monitor and used it not really knowing its capabilities. After Ubuntu was
> installed, my default screen resolution is 640x480. If I go into
> <System><Preferences><Screen Resolution> the only option I am given is
> 640x480. So, I figured that the old monitor I was using only supported up to
> 640x480 resolution and that Ubuntu was using the highest available
> resolution. Then I booted up off the CD and the screen resolution was
> 1280x1024. Now I know that the monitor indeed supports this higher
> resolution.
> How do I change my default settings to the higher screen resolution? I am
> NOT given the option in the <System><Preferences><Screen Resolution> dialog
> so I must change it elsewhere.
> Thanks,
> -Andres
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