jidanni: Take a look around in your BIOS and see if something there is determining the LVDS resolution.
Although if you 1024x768 pixels, why would you want to run at reduced resolution?
Originally Posted by jidanni
$ xrandr --fb 800x600
xrandr: specified screen 800x600 not large enough for output LVDS (1024x768+0+0)
does that mean that no matter even if one day I am told what to put in
xorg.conf, I will never be able to get less that 1024x768?
xrandr --output LVDS --mode 800x600