Virtual desktop - smaller than display

Alex Deucher alexdeucher at
Thu Jul 8 12:44:56 PDT 2010

On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 3:21 PM, Martin Langhoff
<martin.langhoff at> wrote:
> [ Working on an XO-1.5, F11, 1.6.4, in Xinerama mode across a
> Via/Chrome device and SiS USB2VGA.]
> The internal screen and desktop are 1200x900 and we cannot change that
> (as we have hw that is locked to that rez).
> Is there a way to feed a Virtual config that is _smaller_ than the
> display size, and have X put the (smaller) desktop in the center of
> the screen, with black/white/grey bands around?

if your hw supports a scaler, just set the smaller mode and have it
scale up to the larger screen mode.  If not, you'll have to mess with
the h/v border widths in the modeline to generate a center mode.


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