I realized the other nite that I have been using my EeePC at 640×480 since I got it. Man, how miserable is that resolution! Well, I set out to figure out how to make sure I was using the larger resolution and didn’t find much. This post outlines the steps I took, and I’ve also added this to my pet-project, the EeePC wiki page.
It was actually pretty simple to improve the resolution on the EeePC. To do so we’ll just reconfigure the xserver-xorg package and verify two settings.
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
I used all of the defaults that were prompted, selecting “intel” as the video driver and also selecting “800×600” as the resolution. Technically the resolution we want to use is 800×480, but that is not listed. Selecting the higher resolution will fall back to the one we want.
After you’ve toggled these settings it’ll create an xorg backup (just in case). You can then restart your desktop and should have a new improved resolution. Restarting can be done via ctrl-alt-backspace. I generally log-out before I do that key combo as I think its a bit cleaner.