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Title: Gnome refuses switching to custom resolution
ID: /2017/08/14/Gnome-refuses-switching-to-custom-resolution
Created: August 14, 2017    Edited:  June 12, 2020
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You’re making a minor mistake in /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "HDMI1"
    Option "PreferredMode" "1680x1050_60.00"

You need an extra line (real life example, not yours):

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "VGA1"
    Modeline "1280x1024_60.00"  109.00  1280 1368 1496 1712  1024 1027 1034 1063 -hsync +vsync
    Option "PreferredMode" "1280x1024_60.00"

To setup the Modeline values you need to use:

cvt 1680 1050

copy and paste the output values to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf. In addition to the β€œMonitor” section you should have a β€œScreen” and β€œDevice” section as well.

Reference: Arch Linux RandR X Window System

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