Create a virtual high resolution display on netbook

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keithdw
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Create a virtual high resolution display on netbook

Post by keithdw » Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:19 pm

I'm running Mint 7 on my Acer Aspire One netbook and am loving it.

There are a few apps that I really want to install (google earth and the Photographers Ephemeris), but they require a minimum screen resolution which is greater than the native resolution of the Aspire One screen (1024x600). I'm looking for a way to have a virtual desktop, which is bigger than the display size, which will allow me to install these apps and maybe pan around the screen, similar to the way at the moment when my mouse cursor gets to the edge of the screen, the disktop rotates to the next one, maybe it could pan instead!

I'm sure I'm not the only person have these sorts of problems with netbooks. I had been thinking of buying a bigger unit to get over the resolution thing, and put up with the larger form size, but I notice many with even larger diagonal screen sizes have the same resolution!

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Create a virtual high resolution display on netbook

Post by DrHu » Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:43 pm

keithdw wrote:I'm running Mint 7 on my Acer Aspire One netbook and am loving it.
Also an option, right-click Gnome panel>Add to panel>{Window List, Windows Selector, Workplace Switcher} your choice

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1060579
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=816825
--whether it works well or not will also depend on the graphics performance of that model of netbook ?

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Re: Create a virtual high resolution display on netbook

Post by keithdw » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:01 pm

Thanks DrHu.

That's not really what I meant though. I do use the desktop switcher, but all the desktops are the same resolution. The maximum resolution supported by the Acer Aspire One screen is 1024x600. What I want is to be able to have a virtual desktop which is bigger than this, say 1536x900 or something!

Cheers Keith

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Re: Create a virtual high resolution display on netbook

Post by doubledodge » Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:54 pm

Forgive a green newcomer posting but there is a way - I have just tested it on my Asus EeePC with its native 1024 by 600 display - either opening a terminal window or adding commands into the Menu with launcher the following work for me:

for a panned 1024 by 768 display enter
xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1024x600 --panning 1024x768 --scale 1.0x1.0

for a squashed 1024 by 768 display enter
xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1024x600 --panning 1024x768 --scale 1.0x1.28

to return to a normal display enter
xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1024x600 --panning 1024x600 --scale 1.0x1.0

I am grateful to the following post from which this information comes:

http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=20634

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Re: Create a virtual high resolution display on netbook

Post by Timmi » Sat Jul 19, 2014 3:49 pm

doubledodge wrote:Forgive a green newcomer posting but there is a way - I have just tested it on my Asus EeePC with its native 1024 by 600 display - either opening a terminal window or adding commands into the Menu with launcher the following work for me:
for a panned 1024 by 768 display enter
xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1024x600 --panning 1024x768 --scale 1.0x1.0
for a squashed 1024 by 768 display enter
xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1024x600 --panning 1024x768 --scale 1.0x1.28
to return to a normal display enter
xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1024x600 --panning 1024x600 --scale 1.0x1.0
I am grateful to the following post from which this information comes:
http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=20634
THANK YOU SO MUCH! Talk about great timing! I set out today to finally replace winXP on that netbook (eeePC1000HE). I had linux on there before, but restored XP precisely to get the 1024x768 virtual mode working.

What version of Mint is best (lightest on resources) for the old eeePCs?

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Re: Create a virtual high resolution display on netbook

Post by eanfrid » Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:55 pm

I own exactly the same model, running Debian since the beginning, now Wheezy and MATE 1.8. I tested LM17 Mate started from a bootable usb stick. Either OS run fine. However I put 2GB of RAM as soon as I had the machine and a low-cost 60GB Kingston SSD last year. The sluggish onboard 4200rpm HDD was the main performance killer for this computer, considering the modest CPU it has. I mainly use this netbook for business, pentesting and network related tasks.
Main desktop: Debian GNU/Linux Jessie 64bit - MATE
(i5 2400@3.7GHz - 16GB DDR3 - HD6770 w/radeon driver - SSD+RAID1)
Safer than Dropbox

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Re: Create a virtual high resolution display on netbook

Post by Peter_Kuykendall » Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:43 pm

Thank you so much! I had a problem using Network Manager to set up a connection on my netbook. NM's dialog window is too tall for the screen, not scrollable, so I could not see the buttons at the bottom. Your " xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1024x600 --panning 1024x768 --scale 1.0x1.0" solution worked perfectly. :D

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