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Hi There.  I have a laptop running redhat 7.1.  I have it attached to a view sonic monitor.  I want to be able to run gnome at resolutions of 1600X1200 and such.  I am able to do so in win2k.  Gnome only works at a resolution of 1024X768 though. Even when I ran Xconfigurator, and selected that I had a view sonic monitor instead of a laptop monitor, and selected high resolutions, ctrl+alt+"+" does not work as planned.  I can toggle only between two resolutions (I selected about 6 to be able to toggle between).  When I toggle however, a "virtual" desktop is created when trying to simulate the high resolutions.  This means that the screen is really at a resolution of 1024X768 but, I have space beyond the monitor so to speak.  I can move my mouse to the edge of the screen and the screen scrolls so that I have more space.  This was a common problem in windows until I was able to disable the laptop monitor by using the function key and f8.  This just toggles between using the laptop monitor/crt/both.  I tried this in linux but everytime I try to increase resoultion with ctrl+alt+"+", the laptop monitor turns back on.  The other major problem is that the view sonic monitor operates at 63 hz at 1024X768, way below it's potential.  How can I use gnome at high resoultions on my ViewSonic but, when I unplug my viewsonic to travel etc, have a standard 1024X768 res?  Also, how do I fix the matter of the refresh rate?  Thanks.

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Hi there. I just played around with the XF86Config-4 file and fixed a large portion of the problem. I can now view high resolutions at a good refresh rate. I still have a virtual desktop problem though. I think I misdescribed it in the prvious message. The problem is that I have three resolutions that I need to be able to toggle between; 1600x1200, 1280x1024, 1024x768. 1600x1200 looks great. However, when I toggle to the lesser resolutions, the screen tries to display 1600x1200 on a virtual desktop at the resolution I toggle to. In other words, the screen appears to be 1024x768 for example, but, it displays 1600x1200 at the 1024x768 beyond the monitor. ie I am running 1024x768 but I have the desktop space of 1600x1200 due to a "scroling" or "virtual" desktop. How do I fix this issue so that when I toggle between resolutions I don't have a virtual desktop? Does it make a difference that I am running rh7.1 on a notebook? Thanks.
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Well, that's the way multiple resolutions are supposed to work. The desktop will be sized for the greatest resolution defined and lower resolutions will be a panning window into that desktop.  On my laptop I solved the problem by creating two different XF86Config files (XF86Config-docked & XF86Config-undocked), one for each resolution. I have the laptop setup not to auto-start the desktop and I use "dock"/"undock" scripts to change which XF86Config file is to be used before executing "startx".
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That seems quite ridiculous to me.  In winXX, resolutuions never do this virtual desktop.  I've seen this done in linux as well.  People can toggle between resolutions and not get the virtual desktop.  I have seen it done. I thought about haveing two config files but that is really lame if I have to do that.  I should be able to toggle between multiple resolutions without the virtual desktop.
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If the video controller and display on the laptop will operate at 1024x768 (or any of the others) with the video driver in your version of X you should be able to switch resolutions and not have a panning desktop. The proof of that would be to try to configure a single resolution at each of the desired settings. If X will run properly at each of those then it should switch between them.
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