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Old 12-14-2005, 05:12 AM   #1
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Question Problems with resolution


Hy , I just instaled my Debian 3.1 everything seem good, bud the resolution is very low, I cannot even use some programs, couse cant see all buttons.
when I go to resolution settings there is no bigger resolution than what I alredy heave(800-600). Please help if you can.

thanks.
 
Old 12-14-2005, 11:21 AM   #2
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If you are comfortable with editing configuration files, show us the output of this command:
cat /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

Then we can tell you how to edit it.

If you prefer, you can instead run the following:
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

This will take you through a fairly detailed reconfiguration of your Xserver settings, and you may have to provide some information (which would be good to know, although you might not already know). If everything is running well, then that could be a lot of unnecessary work just to add some screen resolutions.

You will also need to know what the maximum configuration of your monitor is, that is, the max resolution and at what refresh rate. (For example, a typical LCD monitor may have 1280x1024 @ 60Hz).
 
Old 12-14-2005, 11:55 AM   #3
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Unhappy Problems

Hy thank you, right now I'm tryn to decide wich linux to use :-( it makes very sick , I heave all 14 cd's of debian, but because the first impression was bad, I began thinking about other distro. but I understand also that runing away is no solution.
I dont know with wich linux to start, I heave on one pc suse 9.2 and on this debian 3.1, suse is not realy good say everybody, its not stable .
now I dont know wich to choose and go on.
 
Old 12-14-2005, 12:40 PM   #4
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20 seconds and a text editor and the issue could be resolved and you are already talking about switching distros ?
just because something is polished and bright and shiny out of the box or fresh install doesn't make it better.

wow, users sure are fickle these days...
 
Old 12-14-2005, 01:19 PM   #5
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you right , I think I heave try , and keep trying. I will read more, and try , I tryd alredy the configuration utility , but its asking so many stupid things, so after I put some values in there, it return to me with much bud result it says thatt it cannont display enything enymore , only shell, before it was beter, I head some grafics, but now only shell .
 
Old 12-14-2005, 01:41 PM   #6
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There's nothing wrong with trying a distro that gives you less freedom than Debian. Some "easy" distros take a lot of decisions away from you, but they also make a transition to Linux a lot easier, and help you learn your way around before moving on to more challenging and rewarding distros. And there's no point in browbeating new users with "sure are fickle." That's my thought anyway.

What kind of machine do you have? If your hardware's up to it, consider Ubuntu (Debian-based distro):
http://ubuntulinux.org/

It's just one CD and then other packages can be downloaded via the Internet. (There's also a live CD to try it out without installing.)
 
Old 12-14-2005, 03:06 PM   #7
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My point was, that one should give a distro, any distro, more than five minutes from install. If you immediately switch after the very first issue you run into you may actually run away from a distro that might have turned out to be your favorite given a bit more time.

give it at least a couple weeks so you have time to compile a list of things you like and things you don't, since all distros have their strengths and weaknessess. at that point you have information to base an informed decision on.
 
Old 12-15-2005, 03:31 AM   #8
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Well, that's a much better way of stating the point, and it's a good point.


turalo, since you have 14 Debian CDs (you'll probably only ever use the first four, especially if you have a decent Internet connection), I also think you should keep going with Debian. You've already discovered these forums, which together with Google will get you over any obstacles. At least, it has for me. Once you have things configured, I think you're going to like Debian's stability and its packaging system.

If after sticking it out for a while you really feel like you can't come to grips with it, think of giving a distro like Ubuntu a try.
 
Old 12-15-2005, 05:58 AM   #9
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Thank you all, from now on I'm gong to move frome here to the fedora forum, I'v decided to begin with fedora, I dont know why, my one friend told me to begin with redhat9, he said its good for beginers, so I tryd to download it from diferrent locs, but didnt work, and because the next edition of redhat is fedora I just downloaded 4 cd's of it yesterday and installd it over my debian, now I'm going to the fedora place on this forum, and I will try to get this fedora onder control, I'm going to work only with text mode, and return to graphical only if I do easy things lyke browsing internet, so now I wanna thank you for your time and patience wiht me here, and ask you to help me in the future in this forum, with my newbie stupid questions, but I promisse I will try to read as much as posible before asking something, and to make it more interesting I'm going to ask something right now :-) about the Fedora, and the I will go to fedora place on this forum, the question is , Why is lynx not working, in my suse computer I could type in " lynx http://www.msn.com " and directly I could browse it in text mode, but here in fedora it tells me "unknown command"
 
Old 12-15-2005, 07:09 AM   #10
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but here in fedora it tells me "unknown command"
When the system tells you a command is unknown, that usually implies that either the program is not installed, or else the system doesn't know where it is located.
 
  


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