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Old 05-24-2003, 08:25 PM   #1
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How do I change the screen driver?


I just installed redhat 9.0 today, and I must have done something wrong setting up the screen. I say this because there's a 2 inch thick border of black around my screen that isn't there under windows. During the install, I just said "generic screen", but looking at the install notes for my Dell Inspiron 8100, It says to select "generic laptop capable of 1600x1200"... any way I can fix this?
 
Old 05-24-2003, 09:26 PM   #2
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damn... I found how to change it, but I think that wasn't what I was supposed to select... mebbe a problem with the install notes. Now linux loads, and then the screen goes black. I have it set to do a graphical login, and it has every other time, so its not a login scree (it also doesn't have the blinking cursor)... any way to change the configuration now? when linux is loading, it says 'Press I to set up", but it goes by before i can press it... its only there for about half a second
 
Old 05-24-2003, 10:35 PM   #3
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hit control alt F2 when the screen goes black
login as root, and
type telinit 3
i think
then run the configuration tool.
 
Old 05-24-2003, 10:50 PM   #4
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not really sure how to do that... I understand the beginning, but how do you run the configuration tool? I've used linux for less than a day, and I dont' really know any commands... would it be XF86config? It it is, how do I run it? I have a book, but I just had to buy the only one i could afford, and its not very good... stupid "for dummies" books...
 
Old 05-24-2003, 11:48 PM   #5
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it depends on the version of linux, but it should be
xf86cfg
 
Old 05-25-2003, 11:15 AM   #6
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ok... I have redhat, and when I get to the command line, I type
su root
(my password)
xf86cfg

and nothing happens... am i missing something? I'm really new to linux, and I don't really know how to do anything from the command line
 
Old 05-25-2003, 03:43 PM   #7
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ok... did:
locate xf86config
(bunch of files, half are documents, the other half are .so, .py... not sure what those are)
/usr/lib/python2.2/site-packages/ (then there were 3 different extensions)

/xf86config.py
/ixf86configmodule.so
and one other one, /xf86config. (.py something, i forget... .pky?)

I got segmentation fault
 
Old 05-25-2003, 05:57 PM   #8
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never mind... I reinstalled, and now it works
 
  


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