Ubuntu – How to set the monitor to its native resolution which is not listed in the resolutions list


After installing Ubuntu 10.04 with my Samsung SyncMaster B2030, native resolution (1600X900) is not found in the list of resolutions.

Best Answer

Native resolution for Samsung SyncMaster B2030 is 1600 * 600 60 Hz

  1. Generate the modeline using cvt:

    cvt 1600 900 60

    which will be:

    # 1600x900 59.95 Hz (CVT 1.44M9) hsync: 55.99 kHz; pclk: 118.25 MHz
    Modeline "1600x900_60.00"  118.25  1600 1696 1856 2112  900 903 908 934 -hsync +vsync
  2. Get the name of the output to which your display is connected:


    This outputs among other things:

    Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1600 x 900, maximum 8192 x 8192
    VGA1 connected 1600x900+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm

    In this example the name of the output is VGA1.

  3. Create the new modeline (with the values from the output of cvt):

    xrandr --newmode "1600x900_60.00"  118.25  1600 1696 1856 2112  900 903 908 934 -hsync +vsync


    • the above should be in a single line
    • make note of x in 1600 x 900_60.00
  4. Add the above created modeline:

    xrandr --addmode VGA1 1600x900_60.00
  5. If everything went well xrandr will list your newly added resolution.

  6. Test the newly added resolution:

    xrandr --output VGA1 --mode 1600x900_60.00

The resolution you set with the above commands will not persist across sessions. Until Ubuntu 11.04 you can add the following lines at the beginning of your /etc/gdm/Init/Default to set the resolution automatically every time you log in:

xrandr --newmode "1600x900_60.00"  118.25  1600 1696 1856 2112  900 903 908 934 -hsync +vsync
xrandr --addmode VGA1 1600x900_60.00
xrandr --output VGA1 --mode 1600x900_60.00

This question describes other ways to make xrandr customizations permanent.

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