My question is how on Earth do you get the computer out of "Suspend" mode once you choose this option in Fedora?
I tried every key on the keyboard, but alas nothing worked.
Also how do you shut down through Fedora?
I don't know anything about suspend mode in F17 Rod but in a normal suspend to ram operation, the suspend option changes to a resume option. A reboot would restore everything back to normal and shouldn't affect your supported video modes.
You can bring up the power off/restart menu by hitting ctrl-alt-del on the desktop or as Molly mentioned, from the login screen. I normally use a Cairo Dock addon that brings up a restart/power off menu.
It seems if you could boot to 1440x900 once, you could do it again, unless something changed in relation to the video drivers. 1440 x 900 is the resolution I use. You can check "displays" under system settings to see which modes are available. If everything is working properly, the display will pass a list of the supported video modes to the video driver, which are then displayed under system settings/display.
What model of video card do you use? (lspci from terminal will list it)