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I've a widescreen hp laptop with nvidia video card. The linux OS recognize the card, however I am not able to change the resolution to 1280 x 800, which isthe setting I need for my display. The only resolutions that are provided are for non-widesrceen display like 1024x 768, 1280 x 1024, etc.

Please help how I can have the resolution set to 1280x800.

You will have to add a mode manually to your XF86Config or xorg.conf depending on your distro.

Twords the bottom there should be a section that looks like this
Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device     "Videocard0"
    Monitor    "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth     16
    SubSection "Display"
 Depth     16
 Modes    "1024x768"

Add your own SubSection using your existing ones as a modle, enter your widescreen ration and than change the DefaultDepth to the number you use.

If that doesn't work using the generic nvidia driver, you will need to install the nvidia driver found on the nvidia web sight ( the instructions there are pretty good, than you should be able to do it.
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