For the longest time after installing KDE in Ubuntu, my login screen became too big to fit my screen. The resolution was permanently set to 1600×1200. I tried everything to change it back to 1280×1024 and nothing worked. I searched the Ubuntu Forums, Googled my head off, and eventually gave up.
Today, I decided to try again with different keywords and found the solution on the Ubuntu Forums.
Edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file:
sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf …and remove all 1600×1200 references (or the offending resolution) under the Section “Screen”. Perfect!
UPDATE (2008.01.29): Only remove all the offending resolutions if you do not plan on ever using them. I removed them all because I never change resolutions. And as Anne suggests in the comments below, changing your “Virtual” line to the correct resolution may also fix your problem. I say “may” because this had no effect in Ubuntu 7.10. It should work in Ubuntu 6.04 and 6.10. Anne suggests:
Choose the resolution you want for the login (say, 1280 x 1024)
edit your xorg.conf file.
In the Section “Screen”, SubSection “Display”, you have two entries:
Modes and Virtual.
For the login, X will default to the first resolution defined in the “mode” entry. Thus, you must select the resolution you want (say, “1280×1024@60″) and move it at the first position.
Next, the “Virtual” entry is used to have a larger desktop resolution than screen resolution (you can reach the zones “outside the screen” by moving your mouser pointer to the edges). Your Virtual section should have the same size you want for the login resolution (say 1280 1024).
Thank you Ubuntu Forum Users!
As always, the great community called Ubuntu Forums has a great guide to troubleshooting your sound problems in Linux, specifically Ubuntu and Kubuntu.
If you can’t hear sounds or they only work in some cases, or whatever the problem may be, check out the Comprehensive Sound Problem Solutions Guide.
I forgot to mention the other piece of hardware that I can’t get to fully work. My ATI Radeon 9200SE video card works perfectly, but Linux doesn’t support the TV output, and that’s the most important part for me!
I was hoping I wouldn’t have to buy a new card, but it looks like I’ll have to. I will definitely be purchasing a card that has Linux drivers by the manufacturer.
This is just another thing preventing me from going fully Linux.
I’ve Googled this issue to death and searched many forums, but there isn’t a way to get my TV output to work. If anyone out there knows how, let me know and I will pay you! Okay, no, that’s a lie. 🙂 But I still want to know…
One of my biggest issues with using Linux with my computer is getting ALL of the hardware to work. The only hardware that I’ve had a hard time with is getting my Logitech Cordless MX Duo (keyboard and mouse) to work completely and getting my Lexmark x1110 (remind me to get a new printer) to work at all.
Tonight, I found a solution to my printer issues. I searched the Ubuntu forums and fell on this post. I followed the steps on the first post exactly and my printer works! Even though I installed the z600 drivers, my cheap Lexmark x1110 printer works in Ubuntu 6.06 LTS! Nice! The Ubuntu Community is great!
I haven’t tested the scanner on it yet, but who cares? Who uses scanners now? Well… okay, I admit. I use it mainly as a photocopier to save important paper documents digitally… oh, and printing Xbox cheats… hehehe.