[PC-BSD Testing] Monitor resolution

Bill Leeper protagonist at charter.net
Fri Jul 27 16:30:08 PDT 2007

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I have installed V1.4 beta a number of times trying to solve a monitor
resolution problem. To be fair  I seem to have a similar problem with
every Linux distribution I have tried as well. Both my monitor, sceptre
20.1", and my video card, nVidia 6200 with 128mb of RAM, are capable of
displaying at 1600x1200. The problem is all I can get it to display is
1280x1024. Now I do have it displaying 1600x1200 in V1.3 so I know
PC-BSD is capable of it.

Now for the strange part. The monitor and the card have both DVI and
analog ports, but I am using the DVI ports. Today I shut down and
swapped out the DVI cable with the analog cable and reinstalled V1.4
again. When I booted up after installing and setup the video lo and
behold I had 1600x1200. I shut down and switched the cables back and I
had 1280x1024. Switching back again reclaimed the 1600x1200 resolution.

During this whole process the resolution on V1.3 remained at 1600x1200
regardless of which cable I used. After booting it really doesn't matter
to me which cable I use, but during the boot process the text using the
analog cable is terrible. It would make working from a command line a
bit painful on the eyes.   :-)

Anyone have any suggestions or questions?

Bill Leeper
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