[CentOS] Dealing with 800x480 displays

Adam Tauno Williams awilliam at whitemice.org
Sun Jan 11 15:54:48 UTC 2009

On Sun, 2009-01-11 at 08:12 -0500, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
> Has anyone worked around the display size limit on units like the ASUS 
> eee?  They list a 800x480 display resolution, and I have encountered 
> Gnome dialogs that require at least 800x600 to see the <OK> button on 
> the bottom of the panel.

Configure a virtual (panning) desktop that is larger than the physical
screen.  This used to be *very* common back when average display
resolutions where much lower and is well supported by X.  But I don't
think the installers provide this option anymore when configuring X so
you might have to play with "/etc/X11/xorg.conf".

Something like:

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 16
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Virtual 1024 768
Depth 16
Modes "800x600"

- provides a 1024x768 virtual desktop on a 800x600 display.

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