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Old 05-07-2005, 06:06 AM   #1
aes canis
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SuSE9.1: xf86config vs YaST/SaX2

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I'm running SuSE 9.1 Personal with KDE 3.2.

With the default installation, every runs fine - albeit a bit slow.
The screen resolution is 1280 x 1024. I have tried to reduce this to 1024 x 768. The higher resolution is OK generally, but on a 17" monitor, some text is pretty small, and also, I figured it might try and lighten the load on the poor old processor/graphics adapter - it's only a 450 MHz AMD K6-2, 512 MB RAM and 8 MB graphics adapter. Virtual desktop is not enabled - I think...

I can change the desktop resolution to 1024 x 768, but then the toolbars and icons are HUGE, because the monitor resolution is still at 1280 x 1024. I have tried to change the set-up through YaST/SaX2. However, it does not identify either the monitor or graphics adapter. I can select the monitor from the list - it's an IBM 2237-24N C71, but there is no entry for the graphics adapter, SiS 530 3D-AGP (on initial installtion, SuSE/YaST detects the adapter as an SiS 6306 3D-AGP.)

If I leave the adapter settings alone, and just select the IBM monitor, on restart X crashes as it says it cannot find any screens.

I have tried setting X up with xf86config. This works, as I can maunaly set the monitor values (horiz/vert) myself, and the graphics adapter is listed. On restart, X & KDE load OK.
But I'm back to 1280 x 1024 resolution and every time I try to change with YaST/SaX2 it buggers things up.

I have tried editting XF86Config, by removing the entries for "1280x768" in the screen resolution listings, but then when X starts, it crashes saying it cannot find any screens.
Old 05-08-2005, 02:33 PM   #2
Reinder Wieling
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I use SuSE9.1 on a 17 inch monitor too. Why not take the easy way: Your text gives me the impression that the hardware is installed correctly.
If you think the fonts are to small:
In KDE go to the configuration-screen, there is an option to change fonts and font-sizes. If your favorite web browser is not konqueror but some other brand, you can set up the preferred fonts and sizes in that programme too. Most other packets (maybe not all games) have this option too.

Old 05-09-2005, 12:49 AM   #3
aes canis
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Thanks, I have done that, but it's not just the font size issue - The main concerns are, the discrepancy between setting up XFree86 with xf86config and YaST/SaX2 - even the look of the XF86Config files is different, and giving the HW a bit of a chance. Sometimes when opening applications, with others open already, the little 'bouncing' icon leaves trails (so much that I can draw pictures on the screen with it!) A sure sign that the graphics adapter is being over worked is the screen is not being refreshed correctly.
Old 05-15-2005, 11:52 AM   #4
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I really need help with this. It's not just a question of screen size, butalso refresh rate - at 1280x1024, it's 60Hz and noticably flickery. I cannot get any other rate at 1280x1024.

In XF86Config, I have manually entered the details:
Section "Monitor"
    VendorName   "IBM"
    ModelName    "2237"
    Identifier   "IBM 2237-24N C71"
    HorizSync    30.0 - 69.0
    VertRefresh  50.0-120.0
    Option "DPMS" "true"
The details I have from MonitorsDB are:
IBM; IBM 2237 C71; ibm08bd; 30.0-69.0; 50.0-120.0; 1

But still YaST/Sax2 will recognise neither my graphics card nor monitor. If I try to use SaX2, then X crashes on restart.


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