This is mostly just a quick guide for me so that next time I do it, I don’t spend hours setting it up.
First things first, get your bookmarks:
Then get automatix2 and get your graphics card drivers:
That was their website
This is what you see after you install it:
This is restart time (so that the driver kicks in).
Should be able to get to here now:
Go through the menus and find where you set your resolution (you can play with the other stuff too if you want)
When you are done go to System -> Preferences -> Screen Resolution
Then open a terminal and enter sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and change the lines where you see:
Modes “1024×768” “800×600” “640×480”
Modes “1680×1050” “1024×768” “800×600”
(where the first one is the resolution that you have in the default settings listing in your Screen Resolution Preferences window:)
Restart to make sure it worked: and voila, like magic you have just set your resolution to the one that you want! I am sure that this will help anyone out there who is new to Ubuntu (or any Debian based linux system)
If you have the latest version of Ubuntu, you should not need to do this. All you have to do is search for the Restricted Drivers Manager in Add/Remove Applications as seen in this screen shot: