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Old 03-20-2005, 07:00 PM   #1
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Unhappy Redhat on Thinkpad 600E with awful text


This is a IBM 600E laptop with a NeoMagic 256 video card running Redhat.
The text looks awful no matter what font I select or program I have open. To describe it I would say that the letters have shadowing to the left side and the resolution is about 1/32 - 1/64 inch square dots used to create letters. In other words the letters are not sharp.

Under Display settings I have 800 x 600 which is the highest resolution I can select. Color Depth is set to Millions of colors.

I am new to Linux.
 
Old 03-20-2005, 09:42 PM   #2
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What is your monitors native resolution. If its higher than 800x600 then edit you xf86config file to include your resolution. Heres a snippet of mine
To edit it, just open up konqueror or whatever, navigate to /etc/X11 and you will see the xf86cinfig file. Right click on it and select open with kwrite or whatever text editor you want to use (forgot to mention, you have to be root to edit that file) Heres an example of the relevant part of mine.
Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "Generic Video Card"
Monitor "Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 1
Modes "1400x1050" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 4
Modes "1400x1050" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1400x1050" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1400x1050" "1025x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1400x1050" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1400x1050" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
 
Old 03-20-2005, 10:49 PM   #3
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How do I give myself write permission to XF86Config file?

I am not able to save the edited file. I get a message "Sorry - Kwrite; The file could not be saved. Please check if you have write permission." I have a root password, but don't know how to save this edited file.

Richard
 
Old 03-20-2005, 11:03 PM   #4
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If you use kde, then click to open main menu from toolbar, go to system>more programs>file manager super user mode. And try again. The problem is that you need to be root to edit the file. If you run gnome you may be able to run from a terminal 'gksu kwrite /etc/X11/XF86config' as well. As a last resort (and be carefull) log out and log back in as root. Edit the file and log out of root. Restart x or reboot the computer.
 
Old 03-20-2005, 11:52 PM   #5
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It doesn't seem like I have kde. In terminal I type in the line you mentioned and it returns: bash: gksu: command not found. Any other ideas? At the top of Terminal it says localhost:

Richard
 
  


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