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Old 03-07-2006, 11:39 AM   #1
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Will my XF86Config file work in place of xorg.conf file

I just last night re installed a fresh copy of Debian Sarge to my notebook and then I did a dist-upgrade to Etch. Needless to say I did things a little different this time as to keep my installed packages to a minimum.

Well, after about an hour of picking and choosing packages, I installed them and the X11 packages didnt install Xfree86, but instead they install -- it has never done this before, but since it already did it I figured what the hell, it never hurts to learn something new.

Anyways, so I spent the rest of the night getting all my smaller things working (kernel, wifi, nic, sound, etc etc etc) and then I went to bed without attempting to configure my synaptics mouse or the display stuff in the xorg.conf file.

Right now everything works fine in vesa mode at 1024x768, but ultimately i want to get my ATI drivers working with xorg.conf so I can get my real res I want (1280x800) with accelleration and all that junk. I also have my synaptics mouse configurations in my old XF86Config file that I will need to work in xorg.

Anyways... To make a long story short. Can I just rename my XF86Config file to xorg.conf and expect everything to work? Or does xorg.conf have different config layouts and stuff?

Any extra info I should know about xorg configuration before I go home tonight and start working on it? I've never used xorg before in my life... Is this going to be a hard switch for me? etc etc.

Old 03-08-2006, 04:00 AM   #2
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Usually creating a symlink from XF86Config to xorg.conf will work, but newer xorg releases are a bit different to XFree86 so it may be better to generate a new /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
Old 03-08-2006, 07:18 AM   #3
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On my Debian system, I have a program called xorgconfig that can generate an xorg.conf file. Maybe you could generate one, then edit it based on your old XF86Config.


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