Anyway, I just wiped out my Fedora 12 linux server in order to install Fedora 15, primarily due to lack of updates for 12, but also just to play with the new GNOME 3.0, GNOME Shell, and service management tools. I usually have it running headless, but every once in a while, do need to do something GUI based. That's when I plug it into the nearest monitor, my trusty 4-year old 47" Vizio GV47LF. This TV is fully 1080p (1920x1080@60Hz), but for whatever reason, it gives out incorrect EDID information over its VGA connection. Its claimed maximum resolution is only 1360x768@60Hz. This issue affected any operating system that I've had plugged in via VGA in the past, requiring custom fixes like using SwitchResX in Mac OS X (10.5.8) or PowerStrip in Windows.
With Fedora, I never bothered searching for a fix, as I usually connected to it via ssh and just didn't care enough to bother with it. Had some time over the weekend to poke around and put together a pretty decent fix that should work well for most of you in a situation like mine where your monitor just isn't playing ball nicely.
First, after logging in, open up a Terminal and type:
This should return to you a list of resolutions and refresh rates that the system is being told by your monitor that it supports. In addition, you'll find the name of the output that the system has assigned to your monitor at the start of the second line. The man pages refer to it as VGA, for example, but for my particular situation it was VGA1.
Next, you'll need to put together a modeline for your particular situation to outline the true display capabilities that your monitor supports. In my case it was:
"1920x1080" 148.350 1920 2008 2056 2200 1080 1084 1089 1125 +hsync +vsync
Finally, what you'll need to do is go and edit "/etc/gdm/Init/Default". This is a startup script that gets referenced whenever X is starting or restarting. You may want to make a backup copy of the file first, you know, just in case. You will need root access to modify this file. Anyway, you'll want to add in three (3) lines right before the "exit 0" at the end of the file:
xrandr --newmode [your modeline here]
xrandr --addmode [your output here]
xrandr --output [your output here] --mode [your new mode here]
In my example:
xrandr --newmode "1920x1080" 148.350 1920 2008 2056 2200 1080 1084 1089 1125 +hsync +vsync
xrandr --addmode VGA1 1920x1080
xrandr --output VGA1 --mode 1920x1080
Once those edits are added, save the file, and logout. You should find that the changes take place immediately, and your login screen is now running at the full resolution that your monitor actually supported all along!
Hope that helps!