In making changes to video settings in Ubuntu I tried the following in Gnome:

gksudo nvidia-settings

Resolution is set to 1920x1080 and applied, voila screen looks fine.
/etc/X11/xorg.conf is saved, great.

So far so good.

But on the next login it reverts back to 1024x768. I don't get it. What is the problem?

Running Ubuntu 8.04, NVIDIA Driver Version: 173.14.12


First, you should really upgrade both system and/or vga driver.

Second, just use sudo nvidia-xconfig. So the official config utility writes the xorg.conf, all clean, all good.

Reboot, and execute this: sudo nvidia-settings. Set resolution there and click Save to X Configuration File. That's all.

(I'd stay far from such things like the one you mentioned.)

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Mission accomplished, it was so trivial.

System > Preferences > Screen Resolution Apply & Keep Settings.

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