wolfden wrote:are you sure your monitor can display that?
yes, it's 1440x900 (Samsung SyncMaster 953 BW) which is a very common resolution for a wide 19" screen. Every other distro I've used can, I thought the problem was with the command. maybe I have to add the 1440x900 to all three lines where the 1024x768 is listed. maybe i shouldn't replace the 1024x768 with 1440x900, but add it to the line with the existing resolutions?