Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10. My video card is G Force GTX 560TI and it's connected to HDTV LG RZ37LZ55. When using the default Linux driver, everything looks fine on res 1360x768.

However, when I install Nvidia drivers, the desktop is stretch out to the point that I can't see or use the sidebar, nor can I see the top panel. Changing the resolution to higher or lower does not pan the screen correctly. It is always stretched out. I am a total newbie in Linux so most things I've tried ended in crashing the system, for example adding horizontal and vertical refresh rates to xorg.conf.

I can fit the screen using the Nvidia X settings but that makes the desktop all blurry. I'm using an older TV (conected via DVI) and I don't have the option to chagne the borderlines in the TV menu. Could anybody help me resolve this issue?

share|improve this question

The easiest way is to run nvidia-settings

gksu nvidia-settings

Use twinview. If you are able to configure your resolution from there, save teh settings to xorg.conf, do NOT merge with the existing file.

enter image description here

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
Hi, thanks for the response. I'm afraid this won't be helpful as twinview is greyed out for me, thus I cannot select it. I'm not using a laptop conected to the TV, rather a PC and the TV working as a monitor. Is there eny other way to solve this issue? BTW I'm using a 64bit version of Ubuntu. – James Dunham Jan 14 '12 at 21:28
If nvidia-settings does not resolve the problem, you might be able to write a xorg.conf manually. xorg.conf is somewhat depreciated, and you can often skip most of it, and simply write a section for your display. You can post your xorg.conf and the technical specifications of your monitor (pastebin please) and I will try to review it. – bodhi.zazen Jan 14 '12 at 21:53
Hi, this is my xorg.conf after installing the driver: And this is the TV i'm using: not many specs there but it's hard to find anything on it. Hope you find this helpful. Many thanks. – James Dunham Jan 14 '12 at 22:31
Hi again, I searched the net but still haven't been able to come up with a solution. Your editing of really sparked a light of hope for me. Could you please help me in this subject? – James Dunham Jan 23 '12 at 19:23

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.