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Hannspree XM New York/NVidia X6600 GT
I have for weeks been unable to change my screen resolution - it says "This version of the X Server is not compatible with the XRandR extension. Run nvidia-config as root and then restart the X Server." I used to be able to do this and I'm not sure if Compiz has broken it or not. Being a n00b I have no idea what that message means; although I have run the command it suggests and all it seems to do is set the display settings back to "defaults" and disable all my Compiz selected effects!!
Next... on Tuesday I took delivery of the monitor in the title; before I had a bog-standard old CRT. Linux doesn't recognise it and tries to set some "Square" resolutions but doesn't try the (widescreen) 1440x900 which the screen can do... and so I end up (apparently) in 1024x768 - although it doesn't look stretched and it's got no borders.
Can I get Linux drivers for this shiny new monitor, or can I get some that'll work? How do I get back my Compiz? How do I get to choose my resolution again?
Well, actually, my question is "What things do I need to check, and for what, to get my system working the way it should, please?"
I'm familiar with sudo, and with editing config files in a text editor, and with (to an extent) installing packages using either Synaptic or the command line... but please go gentle with me as I'm no expert!
OK... and is it likely that putting a "custom" value such as 1440x900 in there might make Linux confused? Is there anything else I can do once I've tried this? Do I need to reboot after I've done it?
Thanks for your help so far BTW
Yes, find the multiple locations of the screen resolution. Then restart your X server.