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Old 09-20-2004, 01:33 PM   #1
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Question How do I configure my monitor?

A few weeks ago, my monitor went out and I had to replace it with another one. Now, when I try to run Linux, it goes through the text boot sequence but after that the screen goes blank. Someone suggested that I try to configure my new monitor, but I have no idea how to do that. I don't know where it is located or, since I have never gotten far enough, how to use it. Please help me.
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Chances are that the new monitor can't handle
the refresh rate/resolution the old one was running
at ... so you want to configure X, not the monitor.

There should be a tool called Xconfigurator
in RedHat that should help you with this.

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or you could get to a command line and edit your XF86config file....
Old 09-20-2004, 04:16 PM   #4
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OK... I know I have to use the xconfig, but I dont know how to get to it. I have to use text because I don't know how else I'm suppose to get to it if I can't see the gui. I'm still unfamiliar with the linux command line so I'm having trouble looking for xconfig, and if I knew where it was I probably couldn't get to it or run it. Remember... I'm still a .

A link to a linux command line tutorial wouldn't hurt now that I think about. And thanx to those that are trying to help me; I appreciate it.
Old 09-20-2004, 06:33 PM   #5
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How about jumping to the config file itself? There should be an XF86Config.example in your X11 config directory ( /etc/X11 or something to that nature). It's pretty detailed and somewhat simple if you don't mind reading.
Old 09-28-2004, 08:53 PM   #6
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OK. I finally figured out how to get to XF86Config with the command line , but I don't know how to run it, or edit it, or whatever I'm suppose to be doing with it . Please help this ignorant newbie. I really want to be able to use Linux and finally stop being dependent on Microsoft software.
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The same thing happened to me with redhat 9. Do a
mv /etc/X11/XF86Config /etc/X11/bak.XF86Config
and then run

If the old one is still there(reason for the mv) redhat tries to use it as a guide and you can't get the configuration program started.
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I recently brought a new monitor and the screen went blank on me.
Check the speed. Usually linux want a faster speed (70 Hz?) than
window. My monitor original worked on Window 2000 and Knoppix
3.6, but not for Xandros 2.0. I had to change the speed of this
monitor to "auto". Then it works fine with Xandros.

Try to see if your monitor works for window or a different linux
distribution. If so, it's a speed problem.



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