Peppermint 4 - 1024x768 on a 1024x600 netbook

Most netbooks including the Acer Aspire One (zg5) have a native screen resolution of 1024x600 which can be a pain with some applications that require 1024x768 minimum … some setting dialogs also seem to be larger than the screen allows.

Well you CAN get Peppermint 4 (or any distro based on >= Ubuntu 12.10) to give you 1024x768

This should work for Peppermint 4 … and possibly for a FULLY updated Peppermint 3 (I can’t currently test it in Peppermint 3 … Ubuntu 12.04 based distros used to need a patched version of xorg but I think the patch was added in ubuntuupdates)

Run this in a terminal:

xrandr --output LVDS1 --panning "1024x768" --scale "1x1.28"

you can go back to 1024x600 with:

xrandr --output LVDS1 --panning "1024x600" --scale "1x1"

Once you’ve tested that in a terminal AND IT WORKS … if you want to autostart that at bootup …


mkdir ~/.config/autostart


gedit ~/.config/autostart/monitor-adjust.desktop

when an empty file opens, make it read:-

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Monitor Auto Adjust
Comment=Change LCD resolution to 1024x768
Exec=lxterminal --command xrandr --output LVDS1 --panning "1024x768" --scale "1x1.28"

SAVE the file, and log off/on to test.

BE SURE to test it in a terminal first, because if anything goes wrong a reboot will put you back to 1024x600


If you have any problems with the wallpaper not stretching … try making the commands:

xrandr --output LVDS1 --panning "1024x768" --scale "1x1.28" && pcmanfm --wallpaper-mode=fit && pcmanfm --wallpaper-mode=stretch


xrandr --output LVDS1 --panning "1024x600" --scale "1x1" && pcmanfm --wallpaper-mode=fit && pcmanfm --wallpaper-mode=stretch

obviously adjust the “Exec” line in the autostart file accordingly.

You can even go nuts and go to 1152x864 if you wish…

For 1152x864 the command would be:

xrandr --output LVDS1 --panning "1152x864" --scale "1.125x1.44"

personally I think that’s too much … but I’ve added it here, just to show it’s possible :wink: