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Old 02-12-2004, 10:05 AM   #1
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Changing Screen Resolution Crashes X

Hi all,
I recently installed Gentoo Linux and it was working just peachy, until i tried to alter the screen resolution (KDE 3.1.5).... first I did it as root, I killed X and then logged in as my regular user and did the same, after giving root permissions to my regular user i changed the res and killed x, when I went to restart X i got an error (i'm at school now so i can;t give you the error message).... so after a few hours of messing with it I umerged X and remerged it. now the funny part.... when I reemerged X, iy worked, but i could only see the mouse pointer... the rest is dark. so i tried to configure X for my video card.... again, error messages like crazy....

please someone help,

i do not want to have to start over from scratch

Old 02-12-2004, 11:01 AM   #2
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well, did you check out before changing the resolution, that there are more than one resolution options in your XF86Config ? If not, then X might not be able to change

Well, just go through you XFree's config (/etc/X11/XF86Config usually) and see what there are. run the configuration tool (xf86config?) and answer it's questions...and you should be fine you only need the right numbers (frequencies etc.) and few minutes time.


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