Resolution 1600x1200 but looks like desktop too large....

Hi everybody this is my 1rst post here im THE NOOB !! :slight_smile:

There is my problem: My monitor is set at 1600x1200 at 85hz. Everything is fine except its like my desktop exceed the size of my monitor. For example i cant see the X button up right and cant see the Kickoff Application Launcher button. Its like my desktop is too large… Is this a X configuration problem ???

Here a screenshot of my desktop with a black rectangle i draw to show you what im seeing/missing.

Thanks in advance

Ps: Sorry for my english i speak french normally…

Is this something that has happened since you installed the nvidia driver? I see you have been looking at doing that.

Can you provide your monitor details and type of connection? It’s not a tv/monitor display is it? (Some of these have a zoom function which will cause ‘overscan’ like you’re experiencing).

Open a terminal window and type


Post the output.

nevermind its fixed, it was bad nvidia configuration

thanks btw :wink:

here the xrandr terminal paste:

xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 175, current 1600 x 1200, maximum 1600 x 1200
default connected 1600x1200+0+0 0mm x 0mm
1600x1200 50.0* 51.0 52.0 53.0 54.0 55.0
1400x1050 56.0 57.0
1280x1024 58.0 59.0 60.0
1280x960 61.0 62.0
1152x864 63.0
1024x768 64.0 65.0 66.0 67.0 68.0
832x624 69.0
800x600 70.0 71.0 72.0 73.0 74.0 75.0
720x400 76.0
700x525 77.0 78.0
640x480 79.0 80.0 81.0 82.0 83.0 84.0
640x400 85.0
640x350 86.0
512x384 87.0 88.0 89.0
400x300 90.0
320x240 91.0 92.0
320x175 93.0

its weird this monitor normally run 1600x1200 at 85hz on MS Windows…
anyone know why it only run 50 to 55 hz here ???

Monitor: CRT Apple Studio Display 21inch (Total weight is 77Lbs ROFL)
Video Card: Nvidia BFG 8800 GTS OC

its weird this monitor normally run 1600x1200 at 85hz on MS Windows…
anyone know why it only run 50 to 55 hz here ???

Ignore the refresh rate from xrandr. Its known to misreport this when using the proprietary nvidia driver. I’m assuming it is correctly reported by ‘nvidia-settings’ though?

yep it is

a big thanks to all of you

Wondering what you did to fix as I’m having a similar problem.

i just reinstall nvidia driver


The OP was using the proprietary nvidia driver. The xrandr utility does not work well with this driver yet. In particular, the refresh rate is often misreported. Instead, the nvidia-settings utility is usually used when using the nvidia driver (or manual configuration can often be employed successfully, but this depends on the graphics card and display device concerned).