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Old 05-29-2007, 07:50 PM   #1
Boer Seun
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Hi all I am new to this Forum, and in dire need of help, I just stared using Fedora 6 last night and all seems fine up to changing my screen resolution. I saw some older threads on it and when I run the gedit etc/x11/xorg.conf command I get the xorg.conf terminal where I am supposed to change the resolution but there is nothing displayd in the terminal. This is frustrating b/c everything is huge! and does not fit the screen. I should also mention that I did try system admin display etc. but no luck.
Thanks
Boer
 
Old 05-29-2007, 08:08 PM   #2
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Not sure exactly what problem you encountered, but ...

You need to backup your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.
Then edit the file.
Use any editor you feel comfortable with.

You should look for a section like:
Code:
Section "Screen"
  Identifier  "Default Screen"
  Device    "S3 Inc. ProSavage KN133 [Twister K]"
  Monitor   "Generic Monitor"
  DefaultDepth  24
  # Skipping some text to improve readability
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth   24
    Modes   "1024x768"
  EndSubSection
EndSection
The DefaultDepth sets what SubSection to try first.
The Modes set what resolution to set to.
 
Old 05-29-2007, 08:31 PM   #3
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could be as simple as leaving off the leading "/"----i.e. you must type gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf (unless you are already in the / directory.)

For newcomers its is maybe less confusing to first "cd" to where the file is, then open the file you need.
cd /etc/X11
gedit xorg.conf

Many editors do not warn you if they can't find the file you specify. They simply assume that you want to create it.

Note that you also must be root to edit that file ("su" to become root)
 
Old 05-29-2007, 09:01 PM   #4
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the problem is that the code
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Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "S3 Inc. ProSavage KN133 [Twister K]"
Monitor "Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth 24
# Skipping some text to improve readability
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768"
EndSubSection
EndSection
does not display is there a command that I should use to display this? like ecco?
thanks for yor replies guys
 
Old 05-29-2007, 09:40 PM   #5
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do what pixellany said, first go
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su
, enter passwd (if i remember correctly) then do
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cd /etc/X11
then do
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gedit xorg.conf
and then the gedit text editor (gnome default) should open with the file, not inside terminal but in a new window (gedit).
If you have KDE you will use a different text editor kate or something like that i think so it would be kate xorg.conf or if you really want to edit it in terminal then do vi gedit xorg.conf

Last edited by mitchell7man; 05-29-2007 at 09:41 PM.
 
Old 05-29-2007, 11:52 PM   #6
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It works!

Thanks guys I got it working don't even know how to be honest I am like the super newb when it comes to linux.


Now another question and please don't laugh at this dumb-ass.

I have my data copied to DVD when I go into places then computer I can see my dvd rom but when I try to open the contents and click on it I get "unable to mount drive" what am I missing? I tried right-click and then mount but that brings up the same error.

also what torrent client to use looks like Utorrent does not support linux? Is there something better?
Thanks so much for all your input.

I have to admit that I like the feel of Fedora but it is a little frustrating at times too for me as I was a MS zombie for so long.
Cheers Boer
 
Old 05-30-2007, 12:49 AM   #7
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Thanks guys I got it working don't even know how
I recommend doing it again so that you will know how you did it. You are going to get very frustrated fixing things "by accident" and never learning.
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also what torrent client to use
Well, in KDE, there is "ktorrent". Try searching with the package manager (just using "torrent"). On my system (Mepis65), I find:
bittorrent
gnome-btdownload
ktorrent
qtorrent
rtorrent

Also, search Google using "gnome torrent"
 
Old 05-30-2007, 01:31 AM   #8
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thanks I will have a look
 
Old 05-30-2007, 04:08 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Boer Seun
thanks I will have a look
Didn't notice what distro you're using, but things like editing the xorg.conf are usually a root function (unless you're using ubuntu), so you'd have to do
Code:
su
first and then input your root password, then do the
Code:
gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
to get the file up to edit or if you are using ubuntu
Code:
sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
and I think it'll ask for a password before it will open gedit with the file for you to edit.

regards

John

p.s. Oh, just re-read your original post - gedit and FC6 - got it! Personally I hate gnome with a passion. I find myself on more familiar ground using KDE i.e. it feels more familiar/windows like (and I haven't used windows for about 4 years). So I only really know where to tell you to find the resolution controls in the "K control centre"
 
Old 05-30-2007, 05:11 PM   #10
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Hi John I will see if I can get it changed to KDE tonight, Like right now i am at the stage where, it's a mission to shutdown my machine! lol
 
Old 06-01-2007, 03:30 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Boer Seun
Hi John I will see if I can get it changed to KDE tonight, Like right now i am at the stage where, it's a mission to shutdown my machine! lol
Check out the Ubuntu forums Boer Seun, it'll be something daft, like
Code:
sudo apt-get install kubuntu desktop
I recall that it's not difficult, just a case of getting the actual package name and upper/lower case spelling right.

As for the "shutdown mission", there's always the old fall back. It's known as the o.n.o.f.f. switch trick

regards

John

p.s. Oh and it's excellent to see that some of the minor pit falls haven't "scared you off". Some people just don't get, that linux isn't hard, it's just different and bog all like windows in the larger sense - even if you can make it look pretty damn similar and the apps work in the same way as the windows defaults! Personally I'd say "why'd you want to do that"?, but then again, it often helps to at least "feel" some familiarity, until you "get your head round it"!
 
Old 06-01-2007, 03:59 PM   #12
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I tried Kubuntu and while I liked it, it seemed to be big and bulky with much longer boot and shutdown times than Ubuntu. I ended up going back to Ubuntu. Now that Fedora 7 is out I plan to wipe my W$ partition and dual boot Linux only.
 
  


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