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Distribution: Gentoo 2004.2: Who needs exmmpkg when you have emerge?
If it still doesnt cooperate, it could be that your monitor vsync and hsync isnt setup properly. Youll need to look at your manual, or, if you dont have that, theres a good chance youll find your monitors specs on the vendor website. Once you find those, enter the correct values in the monitor section.
xFce currently starting up at 640x480, but I'm on a non-interlaced SVGA monitor which can handle 1024x768.
How do I change the screen resolution? Do I need to change something in the xf86config file?
for xfce v4.0: go to you home directory, in the ".config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml" subdirectory you'll find the file "displays.xml", edit it with the appropriate resolution and frequency, you'll be fine.