1024x768 Ubuntu?

By BlindObject
Jun 9, 2007
  1. For some reason, I can't get my Ubuntu computer to have the resolution of 1024*768

    It's old, but it can easily display Windows 98 or Puppy at 1024*768.


    P2 400mhz
    FSB 100Mhz
    320MB RAM

    And...I have no idea what kind of video card it has.

    I tried a code at the Ubuntu Comunity...but that really messed up everything and I had to reinstall it all over...

    Is there a proper way I can manage to display Ubuntu at 1024-768??
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    If the graphics card is very old, it may not have enough video memory for that resolution, at least with 24-bit colors. Have you tried changing the color depth to 16-bit?

    The following typed in Terminal should tell which graphics chip / card it has:

    /sbin/lspci | grep VGA
  3. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 412

    Didnt work. Is the "|" really suppost to go there?

    Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own, unless you`re only replying to a specific section, in which case you would only quote that section. ;)
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Yes, the pipe character redirects the output from lspci command to grep, which extracts only the line with "VGA" string.

    Maybe Ubuntu has lspci somewhere else - or doesn't have at all, I guess someone using it could comment...
  5. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Try simply lspci | grep VGA
    I don't think you need the /sbin/ before the lspci.
    You might need to have it run as root, such as sudo -u root lspci | grep VGA, and it may prompt you for a password.

    This may not work, as I just started running Ubuntu, but hopefully it does.

    Regards :)
  6. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 412

    i'll try that. hopefully I wont have to install Ubuntu all over again....
  7. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 412

    Okay, so that works, what's next?

    This is what I got:

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: 3Dfx Interactive, Inc. Voodoo Banshee (rev 03)
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