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Old 02-19-2002, 08:57 AM   #1
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XFree86 setup


Hi, guys, I have a newbie question (I am still a newbie over here). Last night I tried to put Slack 8 on my machine, the setup was straightforward, I chose expert mode to get what I need, everything went fine, except when I tried to configure X, all I had 1600x1200 resolution on 17" monitor (samsung syncmaster 750p), and the refresh rate was real bad (60 Hz), slack doesn't have such luxuries as Xconfigurator to configure X, and every time I tried to reconfigure I got the same result. I tried to change res with combination of ctrl+alt + -/+, to unavail. Any help will be highly appreciated.
I have done a slack install before, but I had no reason to install X on my machine at that time.

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Old 02-19-2002, 10:21 AM   #2
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try xf86config or XF86free , i'm pretty sure you need to be in the X11 directory.
 
Old 02-19-2002, 11:09 AM   #3
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You will have to manually edit the config file: /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

Towards the bottom of the file, there should be stuff about resolutions. It will probably look like:

"1600x1200" "1280x960" "1024x768" etc

The first one is the default, so you should change it to whatever you want.

As for the refresh rate, not sure. There's some stuff at the top about HorizSync and [/i]VertRefresh[/i]. Could be it.
 
Old 02-19-2002, 03:04 PM   #4
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The problem is slack creates a very basic XF86Config file, moreover, there is no XF86Config-4 even though the version of XFree86 installed is 4.x.x, I'd try to copy the config file from RH7.2 box later this evening ( the same machine, same hardware) to see if it works, and I forgot about all the how-tos and man pages, but anyway I'll post the results later Rthis evening.
Regards, neo
 
Old 02-19-2002, 09:57 PM   #5
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There's XF86Setup and xf86config to configure X. XF86Setup is the graphical setup program for X. xf86config is the text one.
 
Old 02-19-2002, 11:41 PM   #6
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Ok guys I tried them all, and also I've updated the XFree86 to version 4.2.0, everything to no avail, it seems like my GeForce256 card is not configured along with monitor, I tried xf86cfg but the /etc/X11/XF86Config won't change, it uses virtual frame buffer adaptor instead, I tried to edit it manually - X won't start gives me fatal error, so for now I am stuck with RH and building LFS.
 
Old 02-21-2002, 12:56 AM   #7
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Angry display problem at start up

Have just installed RH 7.1 (seawolf). Display under X (GNOME) runs fine, but when I switch back to cmnd line, the display shifts red, instead of black. Even when the machine is rebooted, the start up screen (before linux is even initialised has a pinky tinge. Intermittent problem and very frustratng)

X (GNOME) also freezes, cant even ctrl-alt-del to reboot.

please, anyone. . . . .
 
Old 02-21-2002, 08:29 PM   #8
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bobthebald,

You might want to start your own topic on your problem, as it isn't the same as the one being discussed in this thread. Answers to multiple problems tend to muddle the thread.

Plus, with your own topic, you'll get all of the attention.
 
Old 02-21-2002, 10:47 PM   #9
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If your using a nvidia card you should be using the nvidia drivers, make sure you get and read the instructions...print them first even.
 
Old 02-22-2002, 12:52 AM   #10
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yeah I have nvidia card, and I tried to use the Nvidia drivers, in first attempt I get unresolvced symbol when I tried to compile the kernel source, after hacking kernel and actually updating it to 2.4.17 I was able to successfully install the Nvidia drivers, the problem with X was still unresolved because it tried to use frame buffer device instead of real hardware, maybe I was stupid enough to include in installation the XFree86-xvf, but it seems I haven't done so. I don't understand why it puts the virtual frame buffer device into XF86Config file, I tried to edit it manually setting the Device section to my nvidia card and using new nvidia driver, but it didn't work either.
 
  


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