[ubuntu] unity desktop stuck at 1024x768 should be 1280x1024

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http://ubuntuforums.org – hi, I recently installed 12.04 on a desktop after i got an internal hard drive for it and I'm only getting 1024x768. When i had it previously installed on an external hard drive via a usb docking station i was getting 1280x1024. I know the monitor does 1280x1024 because i looked it up on the manufacturers website it's an acer flat panel model # AL1711. I have checked all available settings in nvidia-settings and checked display under system settings which has my monitor incorrectly identified as a laptop screen for some weird reason which on the previous install had it properly listed. I've (Hardware)