Ubuntu – Changing to a lower screen resolution without stretching


When I change the screen resolution of my laptop from 1366×768 to 1024×768 via [Displays …], the entire screen is still filled, stretching the picture uglyly. How can I have a pixel wise 1-to-1 mapping such that the original proportions are preserved?

This I need particularly when I want to mirror the screen together with a beamer.

(In 9.10 it somewhat depended on the displays available at startup. If a lower resolution screen was added later on, proportions were retained)

xrandr output:

Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1366 x 768, maximum 8192 x 8192
LVDS connected 1366x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 256mm x 144mm
   1366x768       60.0*+   50.0  
   1360x768       60.0     50.0  
   1280x768       60.0     50.0  
   1280x720       60.0     50.0  
   1024x768       60.0     50.0  
   1024x600       60.0     50.0  
   800x600        60.0     50.0  
   800x480        60.0     50.0  
   640x480        60.0     50.0  
DFP1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
CRT1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

This is a lenovo X121e and:

$ sudo lshw -C display
[sudo] password for ulrich: 
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: Wrestler [Radeon HD 6320]
       vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
       physical id: 1
       bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
       version: 00
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm pciexpress msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=fglrx_pci latency=0
       resources: irq:45 memory:e0000000-efffffff ioport:4000(size=256) memory:f0300000-f033ffff

(What I found odd when running above is that it took so long)

Best Answer

Try first setting scaling mode on the display to "Full aspect"

xrandr --output LVDS --set "scaling mode" "Full aspect" 


xrandr --output LVDS --set PANEL_FITTING full_aspect

After this change your resolution

xrandr -s 1024x768

This works with lenovo E330 laptop with intel gpu.

Options for scaling mode are: "Full", "Center" or "Full aspect".

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