>> I've not yet met a system using Intel graphics which doesn't need the screen resolution to be set manually in xorg.conf.
> I have a desktop (19" 1440x900 monitor) and netbook (9" 1024x600) with Intel graphics that have never needed an xorg.conf for anything.
Interesting - does that also hold for GDM/KDM/WhateverDM, or do you not use one? Did it need any special kind of configuration?
In fact I can use KDE's system settings to configure the right resolution each time I log in, rather than writing an xorg.conf from scratch, but that doesn't help for the login manager so I wonder if there might be a way to configure that.
This was all so much easier in the days when all you had to do was uncomment the right line in the provided XF86Config.