After some years, I decided to replace my 17'' CRT with a modern 19/20'' TFT. First, had some looks on the internet for good choices, and some in a computer store. Left me with about 4 different Samsung models to choose from. Luckily, I went to the computer store of my confidence ... The guy asked me about my graphics card, s.th. I had not thought about. GeForce 2 MX 200/ELSA Gladiac 311 (32MB, AGP, several years old). "Oh, I'd recommend one of the 16:10 widescreen ones for what you do, yet, your graphics card won't do it ... 1280x1024, the default modes from that time, up to 2048x1536, but no 1400x1050 nor 1680x1050 ... Maybe you should just get a new computer ;-)" Well, I had a check at home ... officially, neither mode is supported (1400x1050 aka SXGA+, 1680x1050 aka WSXGA+), some sites say at least SXGA+ is supported (mainly ebay sellers ...), manuals are not really available as ELSA busted twice since. So I just decided to try it out.
Setting resolution in XorgLinux, opensuse 10.2, yast2, sax2: Just set 1400x1050 and it worked. My eyes started running, was hard to read anything, yet it worked. Had to adjust the size and position, of course. Set 1680x1050 and it seemed to work ... yet the Xorg log told me it was using 1600x1024 or s.th. instead. One can't have everything.
Rotating the screenNext question ... if I get a pivotable TFT, can I do this in Linux? No problem ... Alexander Koenig "told" me
Section "ServerFlags" ... Option "RandR" "on" EndSection Section "Device" .... Option "RandRRotation" "on" Option "RenderAccel" "On" EndSectionand
xrandr -o [left|normal|right]It just worked.