I just installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS in dual boot with Windows 10 on my Thinkpad X1 Yoga 2nd gen which has a high dpi screen (2560x1440). Since the GUI settings do not permit fractional scaling (and 100% is too small while 200% is too big) I followed the intructions in this page.

However, running the following command from terminal

xrandr --output eDP-1 --scale 1.3x1.3 --panning 2560x1440

I get a pretty bad result where the desktop is resized and I get black borders. Moreover I can drag windows in the balck borders but they leave a trace beheind (picture here).

I think it may be a conflict between xrandr and the Gnome desktop enviromment, but it's just a guess. Any suggestions on how to solve this bug?


I had this issue too. Something that worked for me is to run the two parts of the command separately:

xrandr --output eDP-1 --scale 1.25x1.25
xrandr --output eDP-1 --panning 2560x1440

I then don't get the black borders. This didn't work in a start-up script, however -- I have to run this every time I log in.

After I suspend and resume, however, the black borders show up again. If anyone has any tips for getting around that, that'd be appreciated.

  • This doesn't solve the problem for me.
    – brandones
    Apr 3 '19 at 23:27
  • I had to put sleep 2 in between the two commands.
    – brandones
    Apr 3 '19 at 23:33

This answers both the OP's question and the other answer's bonus question.

Create a script using:

sudo -H gedit /lib/systemd/system-sleep/scale

Copy these lines into gedit:


# NAME: scale
# PATH: /lib/systemd/system-sleep
# DESC: Reset Ethernet card after suspend, not working automatically
# DATE: Dec 8, 2018


set_scale() {
   xrandr --output eDP-1 --scale 1.3x1.3
   xrandr --output eDP-1 --panning 2560x1440

/usr/bin/logger $MYNAME 'case=[' ${1}' ]'
case "${1}/${2}" in
      # sleep 2;

Save the script and exit gedit.

Mark the script executable using:

chmod a+x /lib/systemd/system-sleep/scale

The script will run every time you resume from suspend.

You can also have it run in your startup applications by adding an entry containing the command:

/lib/systemd/system-sleep/scale post suspend

Startup Applications are run after you sign on.

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