How can i change the desktop size in X

Dan Cuthbert dan at
Wed Jun 27 19:26:02 BST 2001

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Okay in your config file, you should see this section


Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device     "Card0"
        Monitor    "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth 24
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth     16
                Modes     "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth     24
                Modes       "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "6=



Now best bet here would be to keep both the 16bpp and 24bpp sections (i hav=
e snipped the rest out to make this mail smallish)

what you would need to do is change the options so that your line would read

Modes	"800x600"

Also you can use the CTRL + ALT + "+" "-" to phase through the res sizes
what ver of X is this


* Julian McIntosh (Julian at tapped away like a little monkey:
> I have a freeBSD server running nicely with various services, so i built
> a workstation to keep it company.  Loaded the base sytem tools etc ...
> loaded X, and knome at installation time and it seems to work o.k.
> but i have a stupidly large desktop!  my 800x600 monitor covers only a
> quater of the screen  and i can't scroll the screen. one xterm window
> almost fills my screen.  I understand that this may be due to my graphic
> card (TNT2 M64) but is ther a way to force the display to 800x600 ot
> smaller? or do i need to load/change/set anything to be able to ....
> A. change the strartup display mode
> B. change the desktop mode via 'control pannel' of some sort
> When starting X it has a line that reads .. 'using default monitor
> resolution'
> according to the frebsd help in xf86cconfig, i should use the generic
> driver for my card.  I can't get it to work with the 'nv' driver.
> When setting up x through xf86config i can use most monitor sizes with
> display 640x480, but when it load the screen is always huge, no mater if
> i use 640x ... or 1280x ...
> any help appreciated,
> JayBot
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