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The same way you set it on any Linux.  If you don't like the gui setting controls in look/feel, feed in boot commandline options or go into /etc/x11/xorg.conf and throw in a few likeable resolutions and restart X.

   These answers are totally in the bundled notes and documentation, not to mention the Ubuntu wiki; why ask here if as if something is broken in a unique way?

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I am using ubuntu 10.04 linux operating system ,but it,s screen resolution is not good .is there any possibility to download and install any vga drivers to get better resolution


Hi,

Go to System, on the top bar, then Preferences and select Monitors.
On the Monitor Preference screen there will be different resolution settings that you can choose.
If there are any resolution settings higher than 800X600 like 1024X768 etc. select it and apply.

If there is no other settings available go to System then Administration and select Additional driver.
When the Additional drivers screen appears check if it recommends a a driver to be downloaded.
If it does, download the driver and then you will be able to get higher screen resolutions.

If there is no additional driver to download it gets a bit tricky.
You will need to edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.
The file will look someting like this:


Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Philips 190S"
ModeLine "1280x1024" 108.0 1280 1328 1440 1688 1024 1025 1028 1066 +hsync +vsync
Option "PreferredMode" "1280x1024"
Option "DPMS"
HorizSync 30-82
VertRefresh 56-76
EndSection
Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Philips 190S"
Device "Default Device"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480"
EndSubSection

SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480"
EndSubSection

EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "glx"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Default Device"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "NoLogo" "True"
EndSection


It will be wise to make a backup of this file if you are going to edit it. (xorg.conf.old)
Inside the file you will see your screen and its resolution. (Preferred mode)
You need to change the resolution, save the file and restart your session.
If all went well your resolution will be set to what you specified, if your display freaks out replace the xorg.conf file with the xorg.conf.old file.

Hope one of these options solves your problem!

Regards

Nov 28, 2010 | Vga (CAT5-1000S/R) (EXTCAT51000)

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My asus eee pc 4g desktop is bigger than the screen size so i cant see in full and have to scroll up and down. any solutions?


In short, no. The resolution on those LCD panels is extremely small and was originally designed for the small proprietary OS that came on them. Eventually Asus started putting XP on some of them, which was designed for 800x600 at the very least. As a result a lot of standard Windows dialog boxes are taller than the screen and make access to the buttons on the bottom difficult. One solution would be to use an OS that's designed for LCD screens with low resolution, like Ubuntu Netbook Remix. The only other solution is to upgrade to a netbook with a higher resolution screen, like most of the 8" netbooks.

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My screen resolution is changed when i installed ubuntu 9.10. It is not detecting my monitor.


your systems graphic may be Nvdia graphic,try to start in recovery mode or command line and install nvdia drivers manually in command line.

Jan 12, 2010 | Canonical Ltd. Ubuntu

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I have a Compaq FP 5314 that flashes on and off at about every four seconds. It works on XP and shows everything up to the OS coming on. That is all the bios type info, but then starts flashing as above....


The problem is that UBUNTU is setting the screen-resolution to some values that your monitor does not support, e.g., 1920-by-1080, or not setting it to 60Hz.

During boot-up, your monitor uses 800-by-600, so it "initially" works, both with UBUNTU and XP.

Windows "detects" the monitor, and selects "usable" settings.

Attach a new monitor to UBUNTU, and then set the video-resolution to 1024-by-768 and to 60 Hz -- your Compaq should support those settings.

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Screen size


I think you will get an answer hre

http://ubuntuforums.org/

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Screen resolution too low.


You will need to compile the drivers. This is difficult but not impossible. Plenty of information on the Ubuntu Forums regarding this.

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Trying to run ubuntu


It sounds like Ubuntu chose a screen resolution that your monitor doesn't support. For the sake of sanity, I would a reboot and then try booting to Windows to ensure that what camone311 suggests happened isn't so -- I doubt it, as the install process is more involved than just 1 click - there are SEVERAL variables (time, date, username, passwords, how much of the hard drive to use, etc) that have to be set before anything is written to the hard drive.

If you're able to boot to Windows, then I would boot back to the CD and give it another go. At the menu where it says Try Ubuntu... there's an option to change the graphics modes - I would try safe graphics mode or VESA to see if that fixes the black screen problems that you were having.

Jan 05, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Ubuntu Screen Problem


try resolution change or refresh rate look in system files i know linux is hard the first time unbuntu forums .com helped me a lot a lot of questions answered there just trying to help with some sites i used without typing answers and don't want to confuse you

Sep 04, 2008 | Canonical Ltd. Ubuntu

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