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Old 11-09-12, 01:20 AM   #1
lumina
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Default nvidia-settings only allowing 1440x900 resolution

For some reason when I try to change the resolution on my laptop display in nvidia-settings on Ubuntu 12.04 I only see one available setting 1440x900. I have no xorg.conf. I used to have a list of available settings. Any thoughts why I would no longer have that. I am using the 304.64 driver. xrandr only lists the one available resolution as well?? Could it be a corrupted EDID? In windows I am able to select various resolutions so I thought perhaps it wasn't an EDID problem. I want to be able to set the resolution of my laptop to that of a projector I am mirroring.
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Old 11-09-12, 11:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: nvidia-settings only allowing 1440x900 resolution

My understanding is that as of the 302.x releases, if it's a digital flat panel having only one native resolution, then by default that is all you will be offered. There are ways around, documented in the ReadMe for the driver.

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Old 11-12-12, 01:59 AM   #3
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Default Re: nvidia-settings only allowing 1440x900 resolution

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My understanding is that as of the 302.x releases, if it's a digital flat panel having only one native resolution, then by default that is all you will be offered. There are ways around, documented in the ReadMe for the driver.

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Do you know where in the ReadMe file I would find this information. I looked and couldn't find it. I don't understand why Nvidia would have made this change??
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Old 11-13-12, 12:56 AM   #4
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What you need to use to specify other resolutions are MetaModes, but off the top of my head, I can't recall specifically the note that described it, but it bit me too, and was in the first 302.xx release, if my memory serves me correctly. Things have gotten a lot better since then, though, since on 302.17, there wasn't much you could do to work around it - MetaModes were a tad whacked as well . . .

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Old 11-17-12, 02:09 PM   #5
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Default Re: nvidia-settings only allowing 1440x900 resolution

Use the ViewPortOut and ViewPortIn options via the command line:

For instance the line below takes my 1920x1200 display, shrinks to a 1600x1200 pixel area offset by 160 pixels. The viewport in command, transforms the 1600x1200 to a 640x480 equivalent resolution. (Great for playing the original Starcraft).

Code:
nvidia-settings --assign CurrentMetaMode="DFP-0:nvidia-auto-select {ViewPortIn=640x480, ViewPortOut=1600x1200+160+0 }"
If you have dual monitors and want to disable the laptop screen and change the resolution of the external 1920x1200 monitor, use the following:

Code:
nvidia-settings --assign CurrentMetaMode="DFP-1:nvidia-auto-select {ViewPortIn=640x480, ViewPortOut=1600x1200+160+0 }, DFP-0:NULL"
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