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Hey guys/gals/penguins. I messed up again. This time, the X wasn't crashing intermittently, it was crashing every time. So, I figured it was time to backup and run xf86config again. So I did. Now: startx, using my current XF86Config-4, produces nothing more than a green bar on the left side of my moniter, and it seems as though my monitor works very hard to produce it. I get my pointer, and can move it a little on a black screen, then it produces the green bar and locks. "Well, use the backup your created," I said. changed the filenames around, startx, forgot that that config wasn't working at all. I think my HSYNC ratings are outta whack, but how can i find out what my moniter can handle?
If you don't have your monitor's documentation you could be out of luck. Does the monitor make the "changing resolutions" sound right before the green bar shows up? The monitor doesn't actually make a sound, but you can still sort of hear it change.
Good. That means its changing resolutions, and seeing as how the problems only start when this happens, theres a good chance that your monitor is getting set to an invalid resolution/refresh rate setting. Open up your X config file. (It'll most likely either be /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/ *something else*.conf, you should be able to spot it. Open that file in your favorite text editor. (I use "Joe" [user@domain#>joe xorg.conf]) Find the section in that file that related to "display". (Not "monitor") There should be a list of resolutions that your monitor can use at different color depths. Remove any entries that you know your monitor cannot display. (You should only have a few entries by default, with somthing like 1024x768 being the highest.) There should also be a place to set your sync ranges. I've got an ancient monitor (We're talking DOS 3.2 days) on my Linux box, so I've got my rate range max set to "60". You're looking for the setting that is set to "*something* - 90" by default. (NOT THE ONE THAT HAS DECIMAL POINTS, YOUR LOOKING FOR A SETTING THAT IS ONLY WHOLE NUMBERS) Once you find the right setting to adjust, I recommend leaving the minimum alone and setting the max to "60", if your monitor can handle the console, it can handle a refresh on 60hz. Now, check to see what your default color depth is. (There should be a few lines that say something like "#defaultcolordepth *number*" make sure only one of them in uncommented, and then remove all resolutions higher than 800x600 from the coresponding resolution list a little lower in the conf file. (Remove the higher, but make sure to leave the lower)
I know this isn't written well, and its likely that you'll run into trouble, but if you do, just post again and I'll see what I can do. If the above does work, you should be set up with a stable resolution and refresh that will work on damn-near every monitor.