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Old 10-30-2003, 05:53 PM   #1
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configuring xf86config in shell

Ok this is my problem. (im very new to linux)

i have installed Nvidia geforce drivers and everything went well. And than i started playing in xf86config. and i uncommented a couple of thing. (screen resolution) and card memory.

Now i cant start xwindows again (i get no monitors or smth like that)

is there a way i could edit xf86config in shell ?not by running it because i dont know all the things i should put in there.
i just have to know how to edit in shell that is all.

Can i even do that. and which editor should i use and how do i run it ?

thnx a ton
Old 10-30-2003, 05:59 PM   #2
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Yes you can, and there's a host of ways
of editing it.

Vi, emacs (both not very noob-friendly)
mc (Norton clone) with a built-in editor

to name just a few.

Old 10-30-2003, 06:27 PM   #3
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thnx Tinkster. your reply was all i needed.
i reedited my xf86config and now im back on track

thnx again and keep up the good work !
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ok you messed things up.
its a good thing because this is how you learn.

this is what you do - on a red hat system.

in console (text mode)

become root:
su -

backup the messed up file in root's home folder:
mv /etc/X11/XF86Config ~/XF86Config.messedup

run X with autoconf option:
XFree86 -configure

this will create a conf file in root's home folder. move that file where X can find it when you run it:
mv ~/ /etc/X11/XF86Config

change the default driver to nvidia driver:
vi /etc/X11/XF86Config

start X:

good luck.
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and if you want to play around with your XF86Config settings, its a good idea to make a renamed copy of the working config file first and just copy it back if (when) needed



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