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I was stuck at 1024x758 before creating an /etc/X11/xorg.conf file as follows which works well to allow me to have a resolution of 1920x1200 with the vesa driver.

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "Configured Video Device"
    Driver      "vesa"

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier  "Configured Monitor"
    HorizSync 24.0 - 83.0
    VertRefresh 50.0 - 75.0

Section "Screen"
    Identifier  "Default Screen"
    Monitor     "Configured Monitor"
    Device      "Configured Video Device"
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport    0 0
        Depth       24
        Modes       "1920x1200"

But now my display is kind of slow. I have an NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT but really cannot find how to set up the driver to work.

Are there any alternatives to VESA that would work faster?

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this mentions removal of xorg.conf & then reinstall nvidia drives. Can you try that? – Sathya Feb 6 '12 at 9:14
I did this. It also works, but my screen resolution goes down to 1024x758 and the Nvidia driver is described as activated but not in use. I'd rather have a slow display than a small resolution so I'll leave that xorg.conf file for now. – Asimov4 Feb 6 '12 at 17:46
What system configuration (hardware + ubuntu version) do you use? – offline Apr 25 '12 at 23:35
Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric on a Toshiba Qosmio G40. – Asimov4 Apr 26 '12 at 16:28
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Perhaps an xserver update solves your issue... just follow the steps here: How to upgrade intel graphics package?

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