I knew the latest Ubuntu had made advances in setting up monitors but I was also familiar with hacking on xorg.conf so I wasnt too concerned with screwing anything up. I backed up my xorg.conf and started tinkering.
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originally messed with Ubuntus native screen controls but they were having no effect. After a bit of digging I discovered if you are using the restricted NVIDIA drivers (which I was) there is another application for tweaking settings – nvidia-settings.