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Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Resolution Setup

Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron has many new improvements, enhancements and features but what good are they if you can’t see your screen properly. The screen resolution is always a concern while setting up a new operating system. The resolution setup may vary for different graphics cards and their drivers. Upon opening the Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron desktop select the Gnome main menu by clicking on System — Preferences — Screen Resolution.

Each user is allowed to have a separate resolution that fits their individual needs so no root password is needed to change this or for other items in the “Preferences” menu. Selecting Screen Resolution from the menu brings you to the Monitor Resolution Settings window. Here you can manually adjust the resolution, refresh rate rotation, or select the detect displays button to have Ubuntu automatically detect your display settings.

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What are some driver specific resolution problems that you are having on the Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron desktop?

  1. Pete Pusateri
    May 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I cannot change the screen resolution any better than 800×600. How can I get to at least 1024×768

  2. May 16, 2008 at 2:26 am

    Screen resolution is dependent upon both the monitor/flat screen you are using but also the video card that is in your computer. If Ubuntu has not detected the correct drivers for your video card it will use a generic driver that could also limit the screen resolution of your computer. Can you tell if the video card is detected correctly? If it is, then your video card will not allow any greater resolution. If not you will need to manually select which video card you are using.

  3. Peter
    July 10, 2008 at 8:01 am

    That’s easy enough, but changing the resolution of the login screen is a royal pain in the backside, I just can’t figure it out.

  4. KS
    August 11, 2008 at 6:17 am

    I have and HP laptop & have the same problem. Previous Ubuntu did fine. now I have a black border on my screen.
    Normal res is 10024×768. any help for me? reply direct > smakarl@gmail.com

  5. August 14, 2008 at 4:54 am

    “Can you tell if the video card is detected correctly?”

    And just how am I supposed to tell if the system has detected the video card correctly? Since the resolution is in the bottom of the barrel, I am going to assume NOT.

    “If not you will need to manually select which video card you are using.”

    That’s a real big help. Just how do you manually select the video card?

    Excuse my sarcasm, but I find this everywhere in Linux documentation: “It’s easy. All you have to do is garble google barfalot” with absolutely no clue as to how perform that operation.

  6. Alex Harris
    August 30, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Heh heh… Charles, you’ve discovered how to get yourself ignored.

    When asking complete strangers for assistance, it’s usually a good idea to appreciate people’s willingness to contribute their time and knowledge to helping answer your questions, even though they’re not obligated in any way to help you out. They do it out of a generosity and a sense of community.

    I mean, you’re paying them exactly how much for software and support?

    No one out there has any idea how much you know. You have to ask questions so that people know how to provide the info you need, and understand that you’re going to get a whole range of responses. Just keep working at it.

    Good luck,


  7. Timmy
    September 24, 2008 at 7:58 am

    sudo displayconfig-gtk

    in a terminal

    You should figure it out from there.
    We all have made the mistake of being rude in email and on forums…


  8. Bob
    September 30, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Timmy: Thanks

  9. E.
    October 28, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I just upgraded from Gutsy to Hardy Heron; and I cannot change the screen resolution. When I try System -> Preference -> Screen Resolution I get the following message:

    The X Server does not support the XRandR extension. Runtime resolution changes to the display size are not available.

    Any help? Plus my desktop became very slow (It takes a while to open a simple webpage). I removed trackerd and it did help just a bit, it is very slow. Is it worth to downgrade to gutsy?

    Many thanks

  10. Aries0777
    January 11, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Timmy …

    Thanks for the help …. it was a pain in the neck. Your advice worked
    Nice of you to respond despite the bitter sarcasm

  11. chloe
    February 6, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    hey guys thanks for the advice I am now happily in 1024*768 :)…now to fix the keyboard!

  12. Steven
    February 9, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    OK so fixing the Screen Resolution is a PAIN IN THE ASS!!!! I have spent for ever trying to do it. Finally i found something that worked in terminal type

    type cd .. a few times
    then cd etc
    then cd X11 {the X is cap}
    then sudo displayconfig-gtk
    change the Plugnplay thing to a monitor that has your resolution. don’t test it just apply and ok it.

    then log out don’t shut it off tust log out then re-log in then after it is back in shut it down {not restart} shut down

    when it boots back up your good to go… Or I was..


  13. Hal
    February 10, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Can someone tell me where the file is that contains “Each user is allowed to have a separate resolution” information. Its not the xorg.conf …


  14. Doug
    February 22, 2009 at 8:51 am

    How to I install displayconfig-gtk?

    I get “command not found” when attempting to run it.

    Yeah, I know newbies! We all started somewhere…. Linux is a whole new world to a frustrated MS user.

  15. John
    February 27, 2009 at 9:58 pm


    You’re a hero! Many thanks.

  16. Eric
    March 10, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Steven: HUGE THANKS!! Wasted hours on trying to fix this. Finally followed your advice and it works.

  17. Ado
    March 14, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Hi Timmy,

    Excellent mate, I was at a great loss trying to fix this. To help the search engines, I have a Dell Cpt laptop, and I’m trying to run Hardy Heron.


  18. Tshifhiwa
    April 24, 2009 at 7:47 am

    I have a problem with screen resolution now i cannot see well cause there is some border on the screen, that is happening after running an update please help.

  19. manasi
    May 28, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Thanks a lot Steven… I had a same problem and resolved with the displayconfig-gtk..

  20. September 10, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  21. TAN
    July 16, 2010 at 11:43 am


  22. July 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Try using xrandr command with it. Here’s some info http://bit.ly/cPaOa4

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