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Xrandr is your friendly Linux Video app

Calculate VESA CVT

Calculate VESA CVT (Coordinated Video Timing) modelines for use with X.

# cvt -v 1920 1200 60
# 1920x1200 59.88 Hz (CVT 2.30MA) hsync: 74.56 kHz; pclk: 193.25 MHz
Modeline "1920x1200_60.00"  193.25  1920 2056 2256 2592  1200 1203 1209 1245 -hsync +vsync

Create a New Mode

Create a new mode using the output from cvt

# xrandr --newmode "1920x1200_60.00"  193.25  1920 2056 2256 2592  1200 1203 1209 1245 -hsync +vsync

Check the New Mode

# xrandr 
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1920 x 1080, maximum 2048 x 2048
VGA1 connected 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 477mm x 268mm
   1920x1080      60.0*+   60.0  
   1680x1050      60.0  
   1280x1024      75.0     60.0  
   1440x900       59.9  
   1280x960       60.0  
   1280x720       60.0  
   1024x768       75.1     70.1     60.0  
   832x624        74.6  
   800x600        72.2     75.0     60.3     56.2  
   640x480        72.8     75.0     66.7     60.0  
   720x400        70.1  
   1280x1024_60.00   59.9  
  1920x1200_60.00 (0x136)  193.2MHz
        h: width  1920 start 2056 end 2256 total 2592 skew    0 clock   74.6KHz
        v: height 1200 start 1203 end 1209 total 1245           clock   59.9Hz

Add the New Mode to Display VGA1

# xrandr --addmode VGA1 "1920x1200_60.00"

Use the New Mode

# xrandr --output VGA1 --mode "1920x1200_60.00"

Set Display 1 to Left of Display 2

If you have multiple displays you can choose the order of them.

# xrandr --output HDMI1 --auto --left-of HDMI2 --auto

xrandr help

# xrandr --help
usage: xrandr [options]
  where options are:
  -display <display> or -d <display>
  -o <normal,inverted,left,right,0,1,2,3>
            or --orientation <normal,inverted,left,right,0,1,2,3>
  -q        or --query
  -s <size>/<width>x<height> or --size <size>/<width>x<height>
  -r <rate> or --rate <rate> or --refresh <rate>
  -v        or --version
  -x        (reflect in x)
  -y        (reflect in y)
  --screen <screen>
  --prop or --properties
  --fb <width>x<height>
  --fbmm <width>x<height>
  --dpi <dpi>/<output>
  --output <output>
      --mode <mode>
      --pos <x>x<y>
      --rate <rate> or --refresh <rate>
      --reflect normal,x,y,xy
      --rotate normal,inverted,left,right
      --left-of <output>
      --right-of <output>
      --above <output>
      --below <output>
      --same-as <output>
      --set <property> <value>
      --scale <x>x<y>
      --transform <a>,,<c>,<d>,<e>,<f>,<g>,<h>,
      --crtc <crtc>
      --panning <w>x<h>[+<x>+<y>[/<track:w>x<h>+<x>+<y>[/<border:l>/<t>/<r>/<b>]]]
      --gamma <r>:<g>:<b>
  --newmode <name> <clock MHz>
            <hdisp> <hsync-start> <hsync-end> <htotal>
            <vdisp> <vsync-start> <vsync-end> <vtotal>
            [+HSync] [-HSync] [+VSync] [-VSync]
  --rmmode <name>
  --addmode <output> <name>
  --delmode <output> <name>