Getting the Screen Resolution to 1440×900 in Ubuntu

One of the annoying things right out of the box is that the default screen resolution (1440×900) is not automatically detected. Instead, Ubuntu and Xwindows shows 1024×768 — which on this screen looks horrible on a widescreen LCD. Fortunately, this problem is easily fixed.

Open the terminal and run the following command:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xerver-xorg

Go through the menus choosing the defaults and when given resolution options make sure to select the 1440×900 resolution. Once finished, restart X by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Backspace (save any unsaved work before doing this). Upon restarting the server the screen resolution should be set to 1440×900.

Now this solves the resolution issue in X but what about during startup or shutdown?

Before:

Ubuntu 1024x768

After:

Ubuntu 1440x900

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One Response to Getting the Screen Resolution to 1440×900 in Ubuntu

  1. Sanjay Goel says:

    The command should be
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

    xserver-xorg is misspelled.

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