Getting X Server To Display At 1440×900

I just bought an Acer AL1916W LCD Monitor to replace my discoloured Samsung CRT. Being a wide screen monitor which supports a native resolution of 1440×900, it took me some time to adjust to the abundance of horizontal screen real estate which I’ve just acquired.

What was very obvious from the start was that the desktop seem stout rather than expanded. I was expecting this effect because I’m still using the configuration file which was customised for my previous resolution of 1280×1024.

It took me a while to find out how to make support the 1440×900 resolution my new monitor was capable of. Apparently, the 1440×900 resolution is not part of the VESA standard modes.

The Caos Linux Wiki entry on X Server Configuration shows you how to get to support native 1440×900 resolution.

For Slackware users, please not that the full path to gtf is /usr/X11R6/bin/gtf. Somehow /usr/X11R6/bin is not in my bash profile path, chances are, the same applies to other Slackers out there.