gvidm is Copyright (C) 2001-2004 Matthew Mueller under the terms of the GPL,
and is based on gvid Copyright (C) 1999-2001 Keith Vanderlinde.
gvidm is a gtk app to quickly and easily change video resolutions in X.
Running it will pop up a list of available modes, upon choosing a mode
or cancelling, it exits. This makes it perfect for running from an
application menu or a hotkey, so you don't have to use ram for an applet
constantly running. If you are running dual or multi-head displays, it
will give you a list of screens so you can select the appropriate one.
You can also specify on the command line a mode to switch to immediatly,
or a list of modes to choose from.
Please note that gvidm cannot change the color depth, as that requires
restarting X. Furthermore, any and all modes you want to appear must be
defined in your XF86Config. If you've only configured one mode, that's all that
will show in the pop up. (Though this seems to no longer be the case with
The XVidMode and/or XRandR extensions must be enabled in order to run gvid.
As mentioned above, gvidm supports multiple screen displays,
including Xinerama. If you're running Xinerama, make sure that the
configure script detects that and compiles in support for it. If gvidm
only displays one list of resolutions when you're running Xinerama, it
means that Xinerama wasn't detected, Try re-configuring and re-compiling,
telling it where your X libs (specifically libXinerama.a) are with the
To install it, just:
And should you chose to remove it, just:
You'll probably have to su to install or uninstall it.
I can be reached by email at donut AT dakotacom.net. Please report bugs,
comments and complaints. The latest version can be obtained at
The author of gvid can (theoretically) be reached at email@example.com.
The homepage for gvid is http://kvand.mit.edu/gvid/
gvidm is distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL, see the COPYING file
This is being released as a seperate app for 2 reasons:
a) As gvidm does not depend upon gnome it would be annoying to non-gnome
users to include it with gvid.
b) My email to the author of gvid recieved no reply in 6 months...