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Old 12-22-2002, 12:29 PM   #1
JonnyL
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SuSE 8.1 Installation - graphics problem and password use..


I have now got my basic operating system into the computer, but would appreciate any help with the following display problem, which involves the display wanting to offset itself on the monitor screen all the time....
On installation, the software recognised the graphics card - no problem. It didn't recognise the monitor, but I selected generic LCD at 1024x768 (actually a Sony 16" TFT) and inputted the right frequencies, and that seems OK. Then I used the Geometry function to reposition the display from its offset position to the centre (fine) then clicked Save, Save, Accept etc etc. Screen then told me that settings would be applied next time graphics was reinitiated. So I rebooted the machine to check this out, expecting to see a properly positioned desktop, but was back to square one with the display way off centre to the right. Same thing happens each time I try to set the display up correctly. What am I doing wrong, please?
Secondly, as I am the only user of the machine, is there any way I can disable the need to keep typing in passwords every time I want to change something?
Many thanks. JonnyL
 
Old 12-24-2002, 01:00 PM   #2
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One of the fundamental strengths of Linux is the fact that it was truly designed as a multi-user operating system. The need for passwords is (I assume from your post) to deal with a need for superuser status to make changes to files etc. that you don't have rights for.

This is a judgement call for you: by taking superuser rights as a non-root user, you save having to type the passwords, but it also means you get to screw your system if you do something wrong whilst looking around.

My own advise is that you **don't** do this, the whole point of normally using a non-root account is to develop a mindset of "I log in as root, I had better be careful...".

It's like choosing whether or not to use a safety-net on a high wire: it makes no difference until you actually fall.. :-)
 
Old 12-24-2002, 03:00 PM   #3
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The change to /etc/passwd is go to top and remove the 'x' (or is it '*') just after the 'root:' entry in the file.

Be carefull tho:
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My own advise is that you **don't** do this, the whole point of normally using a non-root account is to develop a mindset of "I log in as root, I had better be careful...".
 
Old 12-31-2002, 04:56 AM   #4
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Re: SuSE 8.1 Installation - graphics problem and password use..

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So I rebooted the machine to check this out, expecting to see a properly positioned desktop, but was back to square one with the display way off centre to the right. Same thing happens each time I try to set the display up correctly. What am I doing wrong, please?
It has just struck me: are you actually changing the geometry settings whilst logged in as root, rather than as "yourself"? This is one of the (few) things which you should do as root, rather than as any other user.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 10:25 AM   #5
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Is root different from Administrative? If so, how do I get into it? I am the only user at the opening screen log-in, and have been logging in as the Administrative mode, but maybe it's not the same and I can solve the problem as you say, gracecourt.
Many thanks for your help.
Happy New Year, everyone.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 03:33 PM   #6
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You don't set up a root account or select it from the users list at the start. For login, type root and enter the password. When you installed it, it asked you for a root password so hopefully you remember it.
 
Old 01-02-2003, 09:18 AM   #7
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Many thanks snocked. The light at the end of the tunnel has now started to get a bit brighter - at least I have a desktop and can now see my way (or at least for the moment.....!). Regards.
 
  


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