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Old 08-06-2003, 01:36 PM   #1
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Monitor Problem: Red Hat 7.3 on Dell Inspiron 8000

hi, i just installed Red Hat 7.3 on my Inspiron 8000. There were no problems in the installation at first with the monitor settings. When I tried using it. there was this 2.5 inch thick of black border around my monitor. And to top it all, the small screen that Red hat is using is SCRAMBLED. There were lines blinking all over that small screen.

Its really frustrating to see that almost 2/3 of my monitor is useless...

I tried changing the settings in Xconfigurator but nothing seemed to work.

I've gone through all the previous threads that had the same problem as mine but nothing seemed to help.

I guess its really obvious that its my first time to use red hat

help please

Old 08-13-2003, 09:03 PM   #2
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Have you tried, Fn + F7 ?
Old 08-14-2003, 05:43 AM   #3
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just tried it...

it worked! thanks man, owe you big time...

btw, would you know how to configure my monitor's settings??? i still haven't figured it out...i still have those blinking vertical lines...

thanks again...
Old 08-14-2003, 12:27 PM   #4
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To configure moniter settings:

In GNOME try System Settings -> Display

or edit /etc/X11/XF86Config with your favorite editor.
Old 08-17-2003, 09:31 AM   #5
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hey thanks...i guess i'll be using the vi editor since i cant access anything using gui...

btw, i always keep on encountering

a) XF86Config-4
b) XF86Config

whenever i look for settings that would fix my monitor problem.

what's the difference between them? do i have to edit both when fixing my monitor settings???

About the XF86Config, how do i know which to change...they look very alien to me???

thanks again for replying...
Old 09-03-2003, 02:49 PM   #6
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If XF86Config-4 exists, you'll want to edit that one. Basically, X searches and will use the XF86Config-4 file first, if it finds it. The difference between them is that the XF86Config-4 is for newer versions of X. I believe this was done to let you run multiple versions of X on the same machine.

Hope that helps.

- Javahead2000


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