Ubuntu – Low resolution on Lubuntu 14.04 (Sis)

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The resolution of my lubuntu is 640×480 and I can not change it. There's no more options in the screen definitions.

This is my (horrible) graphic card:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter (rev 10)

And this is what I got when I run the xrandr command:

xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
Screen 0: minimum 640 x 480, current 640 x 480, maximum 640 x 480
default connected primary 640x480+0+0 0mm x 0mm
   640x480        73.0* 
  800x600_60.00 (0x198)   38.2MHz
        h: width   800 start  832 end  912 total 1024 skew    0 clock   37.4KHz
        v: height  600 start  603 end  607 total  624           clock   59.9Hz
  2048x1536_60.00 (0x1da)  267.2MHz
        h: width  2048 start 2208 end 2424 total 2800 skew    0 clock   95.4KHz
        v: height 1536 start 1539 end 1543 total 1592           clock   60.0Hz
  1024x728_60.00 (0x1dc)   63.5MHz
        h: width  1024 start 1072 end 1176 total 1328 skew    0 clock   47.8KHz
        v: height  768 start  771 end  775 total  798           clock   59.9Hz
  1024x768_60.00 (0x1dd)   63.5MHz
        h: width  1024 start 1072 end 1176 total 1328 skew    0 clock   47.8KHz
        v: height  768 start  771 end  775 total  798           clock   59.9Hz

So, I want to have a 1024×768 resolution in this computer and I can't do nothing in this moment. I'm a newbie in Linux and for that reason I need some help. I tried to follow some steps that I saw in some topics but nothing happens.

Best Answer

Yes, it's not the best graphics card ever seen, but it can do 1024x768 in Lubuntu 14.04 all the same, if you force the machine to use the vesa driver.

Create a file /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/use-vesa.conf with the following content:

Section "Device"
  Identifier "Configured Video Device"
  Driver "vesa"
EndSection

And that's all. Reboot, and you should have your resolution.

The file can be created with any text editor - if you're not comfortable with the terminal, you'd probably want to use something graphical like leafpad. However, you'd need to be root to have write access to the place where the file is needed.

So, open up a terminal (CTRL + Alt + t) and type "sudo leafpad". You need to enter your password there. I presume you're doing this as the default user so sudo should work and the editor window will open.

Then you can copy & paste the required text into the file and save it to the given location (/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/). The name "use-vesa.conf" is arbitrary, you could also call it "whatever.conf", as long as the .conf bit is in the filename, and the file is saved in the right place, it will work.

Please check whether it works for you.