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Harry 09-28-2011 06:53 PM

about screen res and xorg
 
{Beware: Windbag alert}

I really am not up on how X is generated in modern linux distros,
and have come thru many years using the xorg.conf and back when it was
Xfree86 there was a similar conf file... I've forgotten the name.

For years I've been able to get a really massive desktop. Way back
when, it was actually due to misconfig on my part but I got to liking
it. One thing I learned right away was that it kept other people off
my computer... most seem to find the big panning desktop really
disconcerting. I did too for the first few weeks but now I really like
it and feel awfully cramped on something like 1024x768

I've used lines like these in xorg.conf but in the new install of
ubuntu it appears to be ignored or overridden or whatever.

In:

,----
| Section "Screen"
|
| [...]
|
|
| Subsection "Display"
| Depth 24
| Modes "1280x1024" #"1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
| Virtual 2048 1536
| ViewPort 0 0
| EndSubsection
|
| [...]
|
| EndSection
`----

The `Virtual' line is what does the trick when it works.

Can anyone who understands the basic mechanisms in the modern approach
steer me toward getting the 2048x1536 Desktop. I'm using the same
hardware where I was running Gentoo linux with that size desktop
configured. But the techniques in Ubuntu appear to be quite different
than what I was doing.

At any rate, I'm not at all clear on how to go ahead with it.


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NoOp 09-28-2011 10:55 PM

about screen res and xorg
 
On 09/28/2011 11:53 AM, Harry wrote:
> {Beware: Windbag alert}
>
> I really am not up on how X is generated in modern linux distros,
> and have come thru many years using the xorg.conf and back when it was
> Xfree86 there was a similar conf file... I've forgotten the name.
>
> For years I've been able to get a really massive desktop. Way back
> when, it was actually due to misconfig on my part but I got to liking
> it. One thing I learned right away was that it kept other people off
> my computer... most seem to find the big panning desktop really
> disconcerting. I did too for the first few weeks but now I really like
> it and feel awfully cramped on something like 1024x768
>
> I've used lines like these in xorg.conf but in the new install of
> ubuntu it appears to be ignored or overridden or whatever.
>
> In:
>
> ,----
> | Section "Screen"
> |
> | [...]
> |
> |
> | Subsection "Display"
> | Depth 24
> | Modes "1280x1024" #"1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
> | Virtual 2048 1536
> | ViewPort 0 0
> | EndSubsection
> |
> | [...]
> |
> | EndSection
> `----
>
> The `Virtual' line is what does the trick when it works.
>
> Can anyone who understands the basic mechanisms in the modern approach
> steer me toward getting the 2048x1536 Desktop. I'm using the same
> hardware where I was running Gentoo linux with that size desktop
> configured. But the techniques in Ubuntu appear to be quite different
> than what I was doing.
>
> At any rate, I'm not at all clear on how to go ahead with it.
>
>

Can you post the output of these terminal commands:
$ uname -a
$ cat /etc/issue
$ xrandr

Here are some links that may be of help:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Troubleshooting/Resolution
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Config/Resolution


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