Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 439355
gnome-display-properties window too large for 800x600 display
Last modified: 2014-06-18 05:10:08 EDT
Description of problem:
When I start System -> Preferences -> Hardware -> Screen Resolution, a window
opens that I cannot see the bottom of. There are no buttons to click on when I
am finished. I cannot move the window up to view the buttons. All I can do is
click the X in the upper right corner to close the window.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log into Gnome with a screen resolution of 800x600.
2. System -> Preferences -> Hardware -> Screen Resolution
A big window of which I cannot see the bottom. I can see the tops of the
following letters, I think:
plus the names and models of the monitor including <unreadable> you are using
A complete window with buttons I can click after I select a different resolution.
I think my monitor is an OEM version of a NEC A700+ (17" CRT). Xorg-x11 has a
problem with the mga driver I am currently using, so my screen resolution is
forced smaller than what I want.
Created attachment 299441 [details]
Created attachment 301406 [details]
png image of vmware running live cd, shows this problem
The issue here is partly due to the extra 'debug info' in the screen which
should not be shown in the final release window. However, that silly
super-size 'unknown' rectangular monitor representation is much larger than it
should be. Its clear that size is not flowing (growing) to fill available
space, but the dialog size is fixed and too big.
That dialog also shows a Unknown as the monitor type for me on my Dell tower
and the size of the white 'monitor' block in the dialog is still enormous.
On the screenshot that is a vmware abstract display adapter, running on an intel
gma950 based Macbook. My Dell machine has a Dell 1704FPT connected to nvidia
NV35 (fx5900xt). Both show 'unknown' as monitor type, both originally detect at
800x600, and both end up with the dialog offscreen, but I realize the extra text
area is to blame for that.
@Fred: you can use system-config-display to set the resolution that GDM should
be using, and once you login it should inherit that as the user's resolution
until you change it for gnome. If its already set for gnome and you need to get
it changed try gconf-editor to change it.
The dialog looks like the following attach when you can see it all.
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full dialog view
Created attachment 301481 [details]
The size and usability are much better with control-center-2.22.0-4.fc9.i386.
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
More information and reason for this action is here:
I still have an 800x600 display, but I haven't experienced this problem for some
time now. I believe this bug can be considered closed as of
When I set display to 640x480 so that small flash video (e.g. on nytimes.com)
is large enough to see, I can't reset the screen resolution unless I happen to
remember how many times to press SHIFT-TAB to get to the OK button. How about
scroll bars on this dialog when it doesn't fit on the screen?
Also, there ought to be a way to remove/add resolutions from the list of sizes
tried using CTL-ALT-KEYPAD-MINUS/PLUS. I used to use that to get magnified
view, and it had virtual desktop so that hidden buttons was not a problem, but
now there are so many different resolutions (many which give distorted images on
my display) that it is a pain.
RE: comment #8 "Also, there ought to be a way to remove/add resolutions from the list of sizes
tried using CTL-ALT-KEYPAD-MINUS/PLUS."
If you want to see that get done you should post a new bug specifically for that. It should still work right
now when you manually configure it in the xorg.conf... but there is a movement to get rid of any need to
manually configure X. The resolutions currently being cycled through are all the available resolutions that
are detected for your monitor/video combination when X starts; I doubt this dialog is the best place to
reduce that list through manual configuration.