screen resolutions better under linux than windows - why?

screen resolutions better under linux than windows - why?

Post by Stewart Hecto » Sun, 05 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Under Windows, if I put my monitor up to the highest resolution,
1600x1200, its totally unusable under windows - text is difficult to
read at the default size.
Yet, under Linux, if I do the same, it is quite ususable - the text
can be read.  This also applies to 1280x1024.

Also, monitor is plug and pray, so windows should be using the
optimal refresh rates.

Anyone know why?  The text fonts are the same.  Not that I'm
complaining - just interested.

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screen resolutions better under linux than windows - why?

Post by David Crook » Thu, 23 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Windows video drivers often only offer a limited selection of scan
rates, while XF86Config lets you tweak to your heart's content. Either
can be a blessing or a curse, depending on circumstances.

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and Gates?"


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I've just installed RedHat Linux 6.0 with X windows and I am new to the OS.
I have read the documentation and newsgroup messages by still have a

I cannot change my screen resolution from 600x480 to 800x600. I've used
Xconfigurator, XF86Setup, XF86Config and modified the XF86Config file. The
best I can do it change the res. from 8-bit to 24-bit without crashing the

Also (I'm not sure if this is a resolution related problem), in X windows
many of the windows are larger than the desktop. I have a 4x4 desktop and
have to move to other screens to see the missing parts of the windows. This
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within the desktop boundries (with in Microsoft Windows).

Finally, I'm not sure which X server I should use (and which parts of the
"Screen" area of the XF86Config file I should change)... should it be
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My Display Card specs are:
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