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Old 09-22-2003, 02:08 AM   #1
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newbie needs help


hi all, iv just install damn small linux, runs a treat,

however, the resolution is at 1024x768 (i want to use an old monitor witch carnt display any thing higher than 800x600) is there a way i can change the resolution to 800x600??

iv tryed using the X-setup, that works fine, only changes the GUI, but still when booting its at 1024x768, is there a way to make it boot up at 800x600??

PS. im running of HDD

any input would be great.
 
Old 09-22-2003, 03:21 AM   #2
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There is a file called XF86Config
I dont know where its stored on DML but it contains section like this:
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
Change it so that i looks like this
Modes "800x600" "640x480"
also take a look at the grub.conf file and see if that contains any reference to a resolution.

Last edited by zatriz; 09-22-2003 at 03:22 AM.
 
Old 09-22-2003, 03:39 AM   #3
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great, ummm... excuse my n00biness, but how do i edit XF86Config file ??
 
Old 09-22-2003, 04:11 AM   #4
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First you need to find it my guess would be /etc/ or /etc/X/
you can do a search in xwindows or console
type: find / -name XF86Config
then type user: nano or vi
i would hope you have at least nano installed
nano /path/to/file this would be whatever the find command returns.
and then go to the section that i mentioned Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" and changed it that way
 
Old 09-22-2003, 04:40 AM   #5
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ok i used /etc/X11/XF86Config, but it reported "permission denied" what now??
 
Old 09-22-2003, 05:43 AM   #6
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you have to login as root before you edit it, so go to a terminal and type in "su" then your root password, then type "emacs /etc/X11/XF86Config"

hope this helps :-)
 
  


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