How is one supposed to use the KDE4 desktop ?

Patrick O'Callaghan pocallaghan at
Fri Jul 18 22:19:18 UTC 2008

On Fri, 2008-07-18 at 22:15 +0100, Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Friday 18 July 2008 22:06:15 Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> > On Fri, 2008-07-18 at 14:18 -0500, Arthur Pemberton wrote:
> > > > i.e. KDE *knows* the screen is 1440x900, it just doesn't set it up
> > > > correctly until poked.
> > >
> > > I don't think this is KDE at work, The is kxrandy or what ever it is
> > > called. And it is normally not permanent. Use system-config-display to
> > > set your resolution as you would like it.
> >
> > It won't allow me to set 1440x900, even when I set the monitor to be
> > "Generic LCD at 1440x900". The specific model (SyncMaster 920nw) is not
> > in the database.
> >
> Is the refresh rate correct for that setting?

The only way to tell is to create the xorg.conf file. I did that and the
horizontal and vertical rates are well within spec, but of course this
is for the wrong resolution (1400x1050 instead of 1440x900).

I realize I could just mess around with xorg.conf till it works, but
that to me is not a solution. There is clearly a bug in KDE (maybe also
in X or at least system-config-display) and a kludge isn't the answer. I
can accept an xorg.conf file for some unusual requirement such as a
proprietary video driver or even for 2 monitors, but this setup is just
about as basic as it's possible to get and it isn't working.


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