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Joel Dare
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 +====== Fake a Higher Resolution in Linux ======
  
 +I have a netbook with a display resolution that is just too small. ​ It's native resolution is 1024x600. ​ Some applications are taller than 600 pixels and so the bottom of those apps, where important buttons typically are, fall off the bottom of the screen.
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 +There are a few solutions to the problem, including learning keystrokes that let you move the window around or allowing the screen to scroll, but I wanted a "​zoomed out" type solution. ​ Something similar to the way VNC will scale a screen for you.  XRANDR offers a solution.
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 +Use the following command to fake a resolution that is 1.5 times what your monitor actually supports (in this case 1024x600 becomes 1536x900). ​ There will be some minor artifacts but the resolution is worth it.  If you use a ratio of 2:1 (exactly doubling the resolution) then scaling works better and there are less artifacts, but things get a bit small for me.  Here's the command.
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 +  xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1024x600 --scale 1.50x1.50 --panning 1536x900
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 +LVDS1 is the name of the primary monitor. ​ On most systems the command will work as-is. ​ You can check the connected monitor names, however, by running xrandr by itself.
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 +My netbook is running Ubuntu 12.10 and this worked out of the box with a default install.
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 +If fonts end up too small, you can install Tweak Tool and then set the fonts to a larger size, such as scaling them back to 1.5x.  This makes it a bit easier to see things in toolbars, menu's and such.
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 +This might be useful to increase your screen real estate on a low resolution projector as well.
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