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I installed Ubuntu and the resolution of the desktop is so big it only shows about 50% of the screen but is shows up normal while using command line.

What would I type in the command line to change the desktop screen resolution?

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Follow the procedures mentioned in this answer and tell us if that method solve your problem. –  Lucio Apr 14 '13 at 21:09
    
What do you mean by "while using command line"? That is, when and how to you get to the command line? –  Tanel Mae Apr 14 '13 at 21:29
    

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This worked for me:

xrandr --output LVDS --mode 1024x768

To get a list of valid names for "output" (and modes) use xrandr -q

Note: If running from a text terminal that is not running in gfx environment, you'll have to add a -d :0 parameter:

xrandr -d :0 -q
xrandr -d :0 --output LVDS --mode 1024x768
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