Kevin J. Cummings wrote:
> I can't say off hand what is causing it, but if you have access to a
> "stretched" terminal window, what does xrandr say about the display,
> and can you use it to return it to the proper size?
Thanks. Yeah, when this happens, I can easily open a terminal. Thanks
for the tip. I've just saved the output (I'll print it here, fwiw) so i
can compare the next time this happens. And I'll go through the man page
to figure out how to (try to) reset the dims.
I find that I generally have to issue 2 commands:
1 to change to a different screen size than xrandr *thinks* is being
and the 2nd to reset the screen back to the size it *should* have been
I'd really like to know, though, if there's something in a
might provide a clue as to why it's happening.
Not that I can tell. Some programs play with the display size in
different ways. Not all of them are fool-proof (or should I say
Here is my usual example:
I'm running dosbox in full screen mode (80x24 text mode, I think that's
720x480), and dosbox often changes the display mode as well. If
everything runs OK, when I exit dosbox, it returns the display to what
it was when I started it. Sometimes dosbox hangs. When it does, I have
to kill it. Usually it has hosed up X11 in such a way that the only way
to kill it is to ctrl-alt-F1 to a console window, and where I do a
"killall -9 dosbox" WHen I return to the X11 sessionthe screen size is
wrong, but xrandr tells me its 1280x800. Baloney. Its more like
720x480. Typing "xrandr -s 800x600" changes the screen size to 800x600,
then I can type "xrandr -s 1280x800" to return it to its proper display
I've never found any log files that tell me what went wrong. Not the
Xorg.log, not /var/log/messages, nothing I can find....
This is the current output (the screen is fine). I doubt there's
anything here to suggest what the problem might be.
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 240, current 1152 x 864, maximum 1152 x 864
default connected 1152x864+0+0 0mm x 0mm
1024x768 70.0 60.0
800x600 60.0 56.0
640x480 67.0 60.0
yeah, but I'll bet that something else has changed it behind Xorg's back....
Issuing 2 "xrandr -s" commands (like I do) should restore it for you.
Kevin J. Cummings
Registered Linux User #1232 (http://counter.li.org