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Old 11-20-2007, 04:15 PM   #1
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new hardware compatibility in linux


I am going to be changing an older desktop pc into a linux-run pc for several purposes. I am going to either go with Ubuntu or Fedora, most likely Fedora since that is the distro I am most familiar with. With that in mind, how do these two take to new hardware? Windows just has plug and play, is there something similar for linux? For instance, I'm looking to get a new monitor to replace my old CRT one. Most likely get a HannsG from Newegg. Would this transition be fairly painless or will it be a huge pain to find drivers, install, etc..

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Old 11-20-2007, 05:40 PM   #2
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Are you just adding a new monitor? If so should be no problem. You can edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and edit the section the monitor to the specs the new monitor does for vertical and horizontal settings.

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Yeah, just a monitor. Will give that a shot then.

Old 11-21-2007, 03:21 PM   #4
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Replacing a monitor will not require any new drivers, etc. As Brian1 indicated, the only real changes that might be necessary would be modify xorg.conf to set the horizontal and vertical sync rates to whatever's appropriate for your new monitor. Additionally, if your new monitor supports a higher resolution you could change that as well. Overall though, there is no need to install new software, etc.


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