Ubuntu 12.10 video: low screen resolution

Asked by NADAJ89 on 2012-10-23


I am new with linux and has installed Ubuntu 12.10.
I cant get any higher screen resolution than 1024x768.
I had installed wondows 7 before, and I had a higher screen resolution then.
So I was wondering if some could help me to get a higher resolution, it would be great :)

If you need more info, please tell me what you need to know, and how I can get the info.

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What Windows does is of near zero value, it is a completely different OS with completely different support.

What is the make and model of the system?

Can you give the output of:

sudo lshw -C display


Subin Hutton (djlynux) said : #2

Which graphics card you have? I think you should enable propitiatory graphics drivers to get more graphics performance. Open software-sources then click the addition drivers tab. After that enable suitable driver matching to your graphics card. If it's not listed there, you should check the vendors website and install it separately.

NADAJ89 (ole-magnus-eikeland) said : #3

ole-magnus@NDAJ89:~$ sudo lshw -C display
[sudo] password for ole-magnus:
  *-display UNCLAIMED
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter
       vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: 10
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: pm agp agp-3.0 vga_controller cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:fe9e0000-fe9fffff ioport:dc00(size=128)

NADAJ89 (ole-magnus-eikeland) said : #4

I am not sure which graphics card it got. The computer is an Asus X5DC

NADAJ89 (ole-magnus-eikeland) said : #5

Where can I find software-sources? I installed ubuntu in Norwegian, so it migth be a dumb question -.-

Oh jeez those things are always hell. Basiclly you will need an xorg.conf file (not default in Ubuntu but it can be needed). Basically they suck.

Subin Hutton (djlynux) said : #7

I'm agreeing with my friend Andrew. It's very difficult to configure the sis 671/771 driver. It definitly need manual configuration. You can go through the article here


I didn't test it from my side. Just be careful :)..Good luck.

Pjotr12345 (computertip) said : #8

The how-to at https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/sis will work allright, but only for Ubuntu 12.04 and probably not for 12.10.

Advise: consider switching to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. That version is of higher quality anyway, as it's a Long term Supported edition (for 5 years).

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