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Old 07-25-2002, 07:13 AM   #1
Mavuseslinux
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Angry display probs


Hey there i,m a newbie
I installed mandrake 6.1 everything is ok but i cant get video & monitor configured.
I use Xconfigurator
I can get it to set 800x600 16bit
and 1024x768 16bit
now the prob is in 800x600 the desktop is to big for the screen so i have to scroll the mouse over to the edge to show top and bottom of desk top is that normal??
now in 1024x768 it fits the screen good but when i bring up a window it has lines going threw the window and when i scroll down all the files or info gets distorted??
I can get it to work in 800x600 8bit but that sux , under windows i can get 1024x768 16 bit.
My computer specs are
f*%cking compaq presario 2230 hehe
Cyrix 200mhz
intergrated media gx video 2 meg i think
it has the video card in the Xconfigurator list but i think the prob starts after that.
Any help would be SOOOOOOO APPRECIATED thanx heaps
 
Old 07-25-2002, 11:25 AM   #2
jetblackz
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Welcome to the board!

It looks like I've seen your post somewhere. I could be wrong.

When you say too big, you mean Virtual Screen/Desktop. No brainer. Run Terminal/console.

vi /etc/X11/XF86Config
hit ? and type Virtual
Make sure the numbers are the same as the first set right above it.
800x600
800 600
Do the rest
hit ESC : and type wq

Restart X or reboot

Nothing wrong with your piece of hardward. Probably your distro is old and doesn't have full support for the video.
 
Old 07-25-2002, 07:23 PM   #3
Mavuseslinux
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hey there I done everything you said and it WORKED cool!!!!!
Thanx so much jetblackz , the help you get grom linux users is just why linux has such a good name world wide
thanx again
 
Old 07-25-2002, 11:10 PM   #4
Mavuseslinux
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guess what the second time a rebooted the system would load X
i couldnt get into linux so i said stuff it and done a reinstall
Got everything working again but not display , same as before
but now when i do as you said it doesnt work
I type :
vi /etc/X11/XF86Config
hit ? and type Virtual
as you said but it just hangs , nothing
any more help would be great
thanx
 
Old 07-26-2002, 06:26 AM   #5
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are you saying that vi hangs (the program that you typed virtual into) or X hangs?

if you can try posting your /etc/X11/XF86Config file here so we can take a butchers at it.

Linux is damn cool at times but often you get a load of options that you have no idea what they mean or do. I don't know anyone who uses the Virtual screen or what it could be used for but hey.

Alex
 
Old 07-26-2002, 12:44 PM   #6
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You have to post your file here.

Open /etc/X11/XF86Config in a text editor. Copy & paste everything here.

This morning I couldn't get to X, all I had was text mode. It took me a while to find the problem. Somehow my init mode was changed to 3 (text) instead of 5 (graphic). Now I'm back.

Tip: Next time you think vi "hangs", hit ESC twice and type :!q to force it to quit. My prefered is pico, like DOS editor, but not in Mandy default install.
 
  


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