ubuntu 13.04 1366x768 screen is 3/4" from top of display

Asked by Luke on 2013-05-08

I recently purchased an Intel desktop board D510MO with Atom processor and i915 -r2 video kernel driver, and use a Westinghouse 36" flat panel and ubuntu 13.04. Although working VERY well, the screen will not adjust completely to the display, and a roughly 3/4" black bar area is at the top of the screen. The Westinghouse display control only lets me move the screen up about 3/8" .. which isn't enough. What video control can I use to move the screen on the display, or what command line can be used to properly set the display on the screen?
 NOTE: Since I'm a newbie to Linux, please don't give me a 1/2 line techie answer .. because then I'll just have 6 more questions.

Question information

Language:
English Edit question
Status:
Answered
For:
Ubuntu xserver-xorg-video-intel Edit question
Assignee:
No assignee Edit question
Last query:
2013-05-09
Last reply:
2013-05-10
N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #1

Probably this is an issue with the screen and not your PC (or Ubuntu).

Try to search your TV's settings and see if there is an option to change the screen size. Usually the "Single Scan" option works.

Regards
 NikTh

Luke (lukeocampbell) said : #2

  I think you have an excellent thought .. unfortunatly, one which I tried after I installed Ubuntu .. but the flat panel settings simply don't have the "range" to move the screen picture up enough (it can only move the entire picture about 3/8", so information is STILL below the bottom of the flat panel) .. which led me to believe that there must (I hope!) also be a control in the driver that I could access.
  I used this flat panel with XP on a different motherboard (which finally gave up the ghost a couple weeks ago) just before I got the new motherboard and switched to Ubuntu 13.04, and it worked fine, which is what leads me to think that the Intel desktop board can "handle" the problem, and the "problem" lies there.
  Isn't there a video console GUI somewhere?? (maybe this is blasphemous in Linux, and you always use command lines??)

thanks for the thought,
Luke Campbell

N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #3

Hahaha.. is not a blasphemous in Linux to use a GUI and especially in Ubuntu. Is just that terminal can help us quickest and more accurate.

About the TV I meant the options to change the screen size, not the option to move the screen or scale the screen to fit.

Screen Size : 16:9 , 16:10 ... etc. Have you looked at this ?

Regards
 NikTh

martnk (mkollek) said : #4

I have resized my screen using the xserver utility fron Nvidea which uses the xrandr code for it if I understand that right. Problem is I only did it once and now i have the same problem trying to resize it. that option seems to have disappeaed from the program and i know im not going crazy.

martnk (mkollek) said : #5

I have resized my screen using the xserver utility fron Nvidea which uses the xrandr code for it if I understand that right. Problem is I only did it once and now i have the same problem trying to resize it. that option seems to have disappeaed from the program and i know im not going crazy.

Luke (lukeocampbell) said : #6

to NikTh: Unfortunately, there's only one setting on my TV: 16:9, and either "full" or "standard" .. but these are only options when watching a movie. When the Ubuntu screen is on, only the "standard" is available. I have no more "TV" controls that do anything to expand or move the screen data from the computer.

to martnk: Thanks also .. but I downloaded and installed teh Nvidia stuff, but I don't have an Nvidia controller .. I have an i915 rev2 video controller, so I don't think Nvidia couldn't provide me any information.

  I feel this must be a computer issue which can be resolved with some command line control, since the previous motherboard which used XP centered perfectly on the screen without any "help".

  thanks again ..

Ubfan (ubfan1) said : #7

The x11-xserver-utils package has a program, xvidtune which allows you to tweak the X display. If you are caution, and make only slight changes, you should not hurt your monitor or video card. It will give you the modeline it created, and you then need to insert it into your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. If you don't have an xorg.conf file, you can create one by running the X server with the --configure parameter. Trouble is, you can't run the X server that way while the X server is already running, so either boot up without X or just go to a virtual terminal (function keys ctrl-alt-F1 through F6, just alt-Fn to switch among them or to get back to the X screen once running on F7. From there, you have to kill the x server, and whatever (probably gdm) spawns off another X when one dies. With the X server not running, run it yourself
X --configure
and it should generate an xorg.conf file. Edit that file, and insert the adjusted modeline for the proper resolution.

Maybe this is more than a beginner should tackle, but the only dangerous part is going overboard with xvidtune -- DO NOT try and push resolutions or positions to extremes, you can damage the hardware.

Can you help with this problem?

Provide an answer of your own, or ask Luke for more information if necessary.

To post a message you must log in.