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I checked the resolutions in System -> Preferences -> Monitors and it has different resolutions than the System -> Administration -> Nvidia X Server Settings

I have installed the proprietary Nvidia Drivers from the Additional Drivers options (jockey-gtk) version 270.41.06

Now my question is why the difference and how can i (if possible) make them the same)

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The reason is that the Monitors capplet uses the XRandR protocol to do multi-monitor and resolution changes. The proprietary nvidia drivers only support an old and restrictive version of this protocol, so it's entirely possible to have a system where the information the Monitors capplet gets from the nvidia driver is different from the information that the NVidia Settings (which uses an nvidia-specific protocol to talk to the driver) gets.

This means that there are two options for making the resolutions displayed the same:

  • Add code to the Monitors capplet to talk the nvidia-specific protocol to the nvidia driver (as suggested in this question)
  • Have nvidia implement more modern XRandR support in their driver, so the nvidia driver can expose the relevant information in the same way that all the other drivers do.

Neither of which is likely to be immediately useful to you, sorry. Just use nvidia-settings for now.

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I would recommend using a tool called Disper: disper on launchpad

Disper was developed to switch between internal an external screens, because xrandr is not supported by the propietary NVIDIA-drvers. (Xrandr even can't detect my displays).

Also you can set screen resolutions with disper: Hope, that this may help.

    disper --help
Usage: disper [options] (-l|-s|-c|-e|-p|-i)

Options:
  --version             show program's version number and exit
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -v, --verbose         show what's happening
  -q, --quiet           be quiet and only show errors
  -r RESOLUTION, --resolution=RESOLUTION
                        set resolution, e.g. "800x600", or "auto" to detect
                        the display's preferred resolution, or "max" to use
                        the maximum resolution advertised. For extend it is
                        possible to enter a single resolution for all displays
                        or a comma-separated list of resolutions (one for each
                        display). Beware that many displays advertise
                        resolutions they can not fully show, so "max" is not
                        advised.
  -d DISPLAYS, --displays=DISPLAYS
                        comma-separated list of displays to operate on, or
                        "auto" to detect; the first is the primary display.
  -t DIRECTION, --direction=DIRECTION
                        where to extend displays: "left", "right", "top", or
                        "bottom"
  --scaling=SCALING     flat-panel scaling mode: "default", "native",
                        "scaled", "centered", or "aspect-scaled"
  --plugins=PLUGINS     comma-separated list of plugins to enable. Special
                        names: "user" for all user plugins in ~/.disper/hooks;
                        "all" for all plugins found; "none" for no plugins.
  --cycle-stages=CYCLE_STAGES
                        colon-separated list command-line arguments to cycle
                        through

  Actions:
    Select exactly one of the following actions

    -l, --list          list the attached displays
    -s, --single        only enable the primary display
    -S, --secondary     only enable the secondary display
    -c, --clone         clone displays
    -e, --extend        extend displays
    -p, --export        export current settings to standard output
    -i, --import        import current settings from standard input
    -C, --cycle         cycle through the list of cycle stages
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