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After mentioning my problem with getting my dual widescreen monitors to work with Ubuntu Linux, I got several helpful replies from Dan Vega and Jim Priest (thanks guys). In any case, I was left with poor resolution choices after getting the dual screens working together, and everything looked like the S from POS (not point of sale).

As it turns out, the fix was quite easy. After installing TwinView from nVidia, all I had to do was add the resolution I wanted to the meta modes line in xorg.conf. So, that line went from looking like:

Option "MetaModes" "1280x1024,1280x1024; 1024x768,1024x768"

to being:

Option "MetaModes" "1440x900,1440x900; 1280x1024,1280x1024; 1024x768,1024x768"

Sweet stuff. It was kind of neat in that it also gave me the option of 2880x1024 when I go to select my resolution. But, I'm more than happy now that everything looks good. Guess I'll be installing Eclipse and everything else I need and taking this for a ride soon.

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Bah - I was supposed to send you my xorg.conf wasn't I? :(

Well - I'm glad you got it working! I finally got time to sit down last night and fire up Quake4 - it runs really well and looks awesome widescreen...

FWIW - Eclipse is in the repositories I think.

Posted by Jim Priest on Mar 16, 2007 at 10:22 AM UTC - 5 hrs

That's quite alright Jim - I did check out your Wiki first. Like I said, it was really easy and I didn't have to look long to confirm that was all I needed to do.

I downloaded Eclipse, but I'm having some trouble with getting my networking up. Using Samba for the shared folders on the development server, which I can see, but can't get past the root directory. Once I get all that I can get at the code, and should be using it more frequently.

I spent the last couple of days waiting on and watching the CONCACAF Champions Cup (my local team is in the semifinals) so I haven't done much on getting my installation to be comepletely useable for my development activities. Then today, I had to stop again before I could get far because some things are starting to become pressing. =) I'll keep you updated on my progress though, and may even send an email your way =).

Posted by Sam on Mar 16, 2007 at 01:39 PM UTC - 5 hrs

Cool! Been awhile since I messed with Samba but I imagine that's just a permission issue...

Posted by Jim Priest on Mar 16, 2007 at 01:49 PM UTC - 5 hrs


I am glad to hear you fixed this so easily. I am a totally newbie, so could you explain how you fixed this resolution issue in a little detail.

Thanks ahead of time.

Posted by Lance on Apr 04, 2007 at 02:22 AM UTC - 5 hrs


I'm not on the Linux right now, so I can't test this, but I beleive the command (and location of the file) is:

sudo gedit /etc/x11/xorg.conf

to open up the xorg.conf file in gedit (the graphical text editor). Then you just need to find the line that begins with "Option "MetaModes"" and edit it (I take no responsibility if it blows up on you though! =) )

As for getting the dual monitors working in the first place, see which is what I meant to link above but only just now realized I hadn't (this has been fixed). You'll want to read through the comments, where I mention TwinView and provide a link to it, but that will only work with an nVidia card. However, that site has other instructions too.

Posted by Sam on Apr 04, 2007 at 02:00 PM UTC - 5 hrs

I must have missed a shift in the market but I was dead set that my screen was 16:9 not 16:10. It runs native at 1368x768 but it can drive the 1920x1080 - overscan (maybe 1698x954 ish). I know for sure windows can drive it at 1600x900 with about a 1" border of black underscan.

Anyways everything I find out there is about 16:10 and any tv explanation I find is for someone hooking up a regular CRT. Maybe I am weird but I don't use a DFP. Is there some trick to getting 16:9 to work on ubuntu? I am pretty sure I have the TV issues worked out at this point and its just an issue of pinning down the resolution.

Posted by Clint Valusek on Jan 27, 2008 at 01:49 PM UTC - 5 hrs

I never took the time to calculate it - i figured it was 16:9. You are right though, it is indeed 16:10.

I don't know of any more tricks, but have you tried the same as above but using your own monitor's native resolution?

Posted by Sammy Larbi on Jan 27, 2008 at 02:24 PM UTC - 5 hrs

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