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Old 06-12-2002, 09:42 AM   #1
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Question XFree86 X-Windows Resolution Help! =)


I have recently Installed Slackware 8.0 on my IBM Thinkpad 760XL (Laptop) - I installed a bare minimum and then Downlaoded XFree86 and set it up...

When I run startx, It loads to a reolution of 320x200...
When I ran xf86config, I chose normal resolutions (640x480, 800x600) and the Generic VGA Driver...

NOTE: the Trident Cyber 9385 Driver fails to load correctly, my screen becomes garbled with it everytime...

How can I get my Resolution to 800x600 (Windows 9x/ME/NT Could do it easily)

What do I need to change?

Thanks
 
Old 06-12-2002, 09:59 AM   #2
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please try using the search engine here in future...

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...der=descending
 
Old 06-12-2002, 10:19 AM   #3
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XFree86 X-Windows Resolution Help! =)

For the record- I have done a search and I haven't seen anything quiet like my error...

Another thing I can't do is the Ctrl Alt + or Ctrl Alt -
My Laptop doesn't have a Keypad and the '+' key must be shifted to work... but that doesn't work... (Can I change the Ctrl Alt + to something else?)

Any help is grateful...
 
Old 06-12-2002, 10:27 AM   #4
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One more thing.... In my XF86Config file, I don't have any 'Modeline' commands, are these required?

I used setups that Xfree86 tell you to use in the exact order,
I don't have XF86Setup or Xconfigurator or any of the fun Gui editors =( (They are more fun to play in... =)
 
Old 06-12-2002, 01:10 PM   #5
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Micah,

First, which version of XFree86 are you using. You mentioned downloading it, so I'm assuming 4.2.0. However, you mentioned "Modelines", which were done away with in version 4.x.x I believe. Let us know which version you're using.

Check out the bottom portion of this thread:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=22010

Those steps worked for me when loading Slack 8.0 on an IBM Thinkpad 770, which uses the Trident Cyber 9397 driver.

j.
 
Old 06-12-2002, 01:22 PM   #6
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XFree86 4.2.0 is my version...

I think it has to do with the 'svga' driver, I don't know if it exists...
(Can't look until I get home, then I won't have Net access today)

I downloaded 3.3.6 XF86_SVGA just incase...

About Modelines - good, I didn't like 'em anyway =)
 
Old 06-12-2002, 01:37 PM   #7
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Ok, if you're using 4.2.0, just follow the steps in the thread I linked. Your video hardware will most likely be recognized without a problem and the correct driver selected.

Also, the Thinkpad 770 I'm using will only give me 1024x768. If I go to 800x600, the screen shrinks to what appears to be the 320x200 size with 800x600 desktop. Weird. The screen size is small on boot up under windows too.

j.
 
Old 06-12-2002, 01:47 PM   #8
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U mean use:
XFree86 -Configure
and then copy that file to:
/etc/X11
omitting the '.new'

If so, that seems simple enough... (I was using that file for reference only - go figure =)
 
Old 06-12-2002, 02:53 PM   #9
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Micah,

Yup, those are the steps. Make sure you're root when you run XFree86 -configure and you may have to path it out like so:
Code:
/usr/X11R6/bin/XFree86 -configure
You can then edit that file to add resolutions, etc.

j.
 
Old 06-12-2002, 02:58 PM   #10
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Thanks, Will try it this evening! =)

The path isn't a problem (I added it to my PATH at startup - couldn't run KDE without it =(....)
 
Old 06-13-2002, 02:50 PM   #11
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ok, the above didn't work...
Is there a generic SVGA driver for XFree86? the driver libraries have changed...

Has anyone gotten a thinkpad 760XL to work with XFree86 4.2.0?
 
Old 06-13-2002, 05:50 PM   #12
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You can try http://www.linux-on-laptops.com
There is a configfile for xfree. But that file is for 3.6.0 changing the xversion might give you more trouble than you got already.
Just check with google - there are a couple of sites that deal with laptopinstalls.
 
Old 06-13-2002, 06:16 PM   #13
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Micah,

What happened when you tried running XFree86 -configure? What driver was selected in XF86Config.new?

j.
 
Old 06-13-2002, 09:35 PM   #14
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When I ran this 'XFree86 -configure'
It used the trident video driver (with no video resolution at all)
Even when I added the resolutions it still was messed up... =(

In a few hours I will post what it gives me (Re-Installing) going to try 3.3.6 ...

The config files I have found so far (7 of them) all use XFree86 3.3.x

I don't give up until the fifth week when I run out of time (still in week one =)
 
Old 06-20-2002, 01:41 PM   #15
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Micah,

If you're still working on this, here's something I found out this morning. I was upgrading my thinkpad to Slack 8.1 which has XFree86 4.2.0. Using the same video driver (Trident 9397) that worked with XFree86 4.1.0, I'm now getting "messed up" video.

I'm thinking there may be an issue with 4.2.0, so you may want to try 4.1.0 if you haven't gotten it to work yet.

j.
 
  


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