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Old 06-22-2008, 01:27 PM   #1
westsidecomp
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Newbie with "old eyes" -- need 800x600 resolution


Sorry if this has been asked and answered before!

I tried suggestion I found here (somewhere) to edit out all resolutions in xorg.conf except for 800x600 but that didn't work. Previously tried to change in "Settings" but the only option I get is "Default".

Pls help...my first "Linux experience"...I can't deal with 1024...

Thanks,
Herman
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:42 PM   #2
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You could mention which distro (such as Ubuntu, Suse, Mandriva) and which desktop environment (such as Gnome, KDE, Xfce) you're using. Also post your xorg.conf (remember that you have to restart X for the changes in it to take place. Also note that you don't have to decrease the resolution. You can have larger icons and text with the same resolution in Linux and it actually looks good unlike on that other OS where changing resolution is the only way. Play around with the display and accessibility settings and see for yourself. I looks better with larger resolution even with "old eyes".

Also welcome to the forums and best of luck with your future Linux endeavours.

Last edited by kummiliim; 06-22-2008 at 01:43 PM.
 
Old 06-23-2008, 01:00 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by westsidecomp View Post
Sorry if this has been asked and answered before!

I tried suggestion I found here (somewhere) to edit out all resolutions in xorg.conf except for 800x600 but that didn't work. Previously tried to change in "Settings" but the only option I get is "Default".

Pls help...my first "Linux experience"...I can't deal with 1024...

Thanks,
Herman
westsidecomp@yahoo.com
Hi mate,

My first recommendation is a pair of spectacles or contact lenses, very little software is developed to work properly at 800x600 and you will run into serious problems. Windows is not meant to run at 800x600 either, these days a computer just needs to get more information on the screen than will fit in that.

That said;

Generally speaking, if you press ctrl+alt+"-" (control, alt, minus) and ctrl+alt+"+" (control, alt, plus) you'll cycle through the available resolutions in your xorg.conf
 
Old 06-23-2008, 02:33 AM   #4
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Thanks, guys...kummiliim's workaround works great but I'd still like to figure out how to change resolutions.

System: Presario SR1610NX / AMD Sempron 3200 / ATI Radeon Express 200 / 1GB RAM / 120GB WD HDD / Zenwalk 5.2 (only OS on the system).

Herman
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Old 06-23-2008, 02:35 AM   #5
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Changing your xorg.conf should work. You should really post it so we can see if there's anything wrong with it.

Also, you shouldn't really post your email address, unless of course you like spam..
 
Old 06-23-2008, 11:21 AM   #6
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Thanks to all!

My xorg.conf:

# **********************************************************************
# This file was generated by videoconfig (Zenwalk Xorg configuration tool)
# If you changed your video card or monitor, please run videoconfig again
# from runlevel 3. Don't modify this file yourself until you know what you do
# **********************************************************************


# **********************************************************************
# Files section -- This allows default font and rgb paths to be set
# **********************************************************************

Section "Files"
RgbPath "/usr/share/X11/rgb"
ModulePath "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/TTF"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/OTF"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/misc"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Module section -- this section is used to specify
# which dynamically loadable modules to load.
# **********************************************************************

Section "Module"
Load "synaptics"
Load "dri"
Load "dbe"
Load "xtrap"
Load "record"
Load "extmod"
Load "glx"
Load "GLcore"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Server flags section
# **********************************************************************

Section "ServerFlags"
# Option "NoTrapSignals"
# Option "DontVTSwitch"
# Option "DontZap"
# Option "DontZoom"
# Option "DisableVidModeExtension"
# Option "AllowNonLocalXvidtune"
# Option "DisableModInDev"
# Option "AllowNonLocalModInDev"
# Option "blank time" "10" # 10 minutes
# Option "standby time" "20"
# Option "suspend time" "30"
# Option "off time" "60"

# Option "EstimateSizesAggresively" "0"

EndSection


# **********************************************************************
# DRI section
# **********************************************************************

Section "dri"
# Access to OpenGL ICD is allowed for all users:
Mode 0666
# Access to OpenGL ICD is restricted to a specific user group:
# Group 100 # users
EndSection


# **********************************************************************
# Extensions section
# **********************************************************************

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "Disable"
EndSection


# **********************************************************************
# Keyboard section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "kbd"
# Option "Protocol" "Xqueue"
# Option "AutoRepeat" "500 5"
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
# Option "XkbDisable"

Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
# Option "XkbVariant" "us"
Option "XkbOptions" ""
EndSection


# **********************************************************************
# Pointers section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"

# Identifier and driver
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "Auto"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
# Option "Protocol" "Xqueue"
# Option "BaudRate" "9600"
# Option "SampleRate" "150"
# Option "Emulate3Buttons"
# Option "Emulate3Timeout" "50"
# Option "ChordMiddle"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Pad1"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "Device" "/dev/tp1"
Option "LeftEdge" "1700"
Option "RightEdge" "5300"
Option "TopEdge" "1700"
Option "BottomEdge" "4200"
Option "FingerLow" "25"
Option "FingerHigh" "30"
Option "MaxTapTime" "180"
Option "MaxTapMove" "220"
Option "VertScrollDelta" "100"
Option "MinSpeed" "0.09"
Option "MaxSpeed" "0.18"
Option "AccelFactor" "0.0015"
Option "SHMConfig" "on"
EndSection


# **********************************************************************
# Monitor section
# **********************************************************************

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor1"
VendorName "DXS"
ModelName "DXS:1313"



HorizSync 31.5 - 50.0
VertRefresh 40-90
Option "UseEdidFreqs" "1"

Option "ReducedBlanking"

EndSection


# **********************************************************************
# Graphic devices section
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of graphic devices sections may be present

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard1"
VendorName "ATI Technologies Inc"
BoardName "RS480 [Radeon Xpress 200G Series]"
Driver "radeon"
BusID "PCI:1:5:0"
Option "RenderAccel" "true"
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Screen section
# **********************************************************************

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Videoconfig"
Device "Videocard1"
Monitor "Monitor1"

DefaultDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "800x600"
EndSubsection
Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "800x600"
EndSubsection
Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "800x600"
EndSubsection
Subsection "Display"
Depth 32
Modes "800x600"
EndSubsection
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# ServerLayout section
# **********************************************************************

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Simple Layout"
Screen "Videoconfig"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Pad1" "SendCoreEvents"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection
 
Old 06-23-2008, 12:45 PM   #7
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See if the follwoing helps:
Add Option "UseEdid" "false" to the device section and remove the Option UseEdidFreqs "1" from the monitor section (as it's now (more or less) contradicting).
 
  


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