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Old 02-02-2004, 09:00 PM   #1
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display problem

im trying to change my display from 800x600 to 1280x1024. i went to the /etc/X11/fx86config and under 'section screen' 'subsection display' for 16 and 24 (im guessing thats millions of colors) there is only 800x600 and 460x480, i looked at some other posts but i cant get to the file from the terminal. i JUST started using linux again and i barely had any experience with it before. i dont even know how to go down a level in the i think its 'cd ..' even then when i get into the \ folder, it says
[root@localhost evolution]# cd \
> ls
bash: cd: ls: No such file or directory

i also cant edit the text file in the gui (fx86config) to add (with quotes) "1280x1024" to the text. do i have to do this from the terminal? how do i do it? i figured out that alt+ctrl+f1 goes to the terminal, whats the command to go back to the gui? this is basically the only question im going to ask straight up for an answer, i'll do reading on everything else i need to do, this is just so freaking annoying. thanks for the help guys. oh yes im using redhat 9 fyi

i did have it at a smaller resolution before but then i screwed aroudn with my mouse and it didnt work, when it failed to ultimatly load my gui, it went thru some troubleshooing and then it screwed around with my gui and i had to reset my resolution. dont ask me how screwing around with my mouse screws up my gui, i just have no clue. but it happend.

also i tried this in root, doenst work changing it in the gui settings

Last edited by plainwlkr8; 02-02-2004 at 09:07 PM.
Old 02-02-2004, 09:13 PM   #2
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A few pointers:

the backslash character has a special meaning in Linux
to go to the root directory type in cd /
Old 02-02-2004, 09:30 PM   #3
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ok sweet i can get into the folder i need to, i have no freaking clue how to open the file to edit it. how do i go about doing that and saving?

Last edited by plainwlkr8; 02-02-2004 at 10:21 PM.


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