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Old 09-02-2004, 03:17 PM   #1
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How do I edit my X configuration?

Hi :-) I've set up my first xorgconfig, and everything works fine, except that after a few minutes, the system freezes up on me, regardless of the windows manager I use. The entire system crashes, the cursor doesn't move, and I can't ctrl-alt-del to get out of X.

Here's the question: Once I've created the xorgconfig file, is there a way to view and/or edit it so that I can finetune the settings? I want to avoid redoing the xorgconfig altogether, especially because my video looks great and I don't remember the exact settings I used.

Old 09-02-2004, 03:32 PM   #2
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emacs /etc/X11/xorg.conf
nano -w /etc/X11/xorg.conf
vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf

These allow you to edit xorg's settings through a text editor. I named 3 text editors cause i dont know which ones ur distro has but it probably has at least one of those.
Old 09-02-2004, 04:31 PM   #3
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i use KDE; if my system *COUGH* crashes *COUGH* .. in other words when KDE locks up, i press Ctrl+Alt+Backspace

try that if you get stuck


P.S. one hint (i don't know if you know it): try setting your computer to boot into text, instead of X, so that you can easily exit it and change the files, and start it up again
Old 09-02-2004, 05:27 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I used gedit and was able to pull up the config file. Trouble is that it's read-only...what do I do?

On another note, what are the most common reasons for an unstable X? My Galeon browser just crashed, and I have no idea why.
Old 09-02-2004, 05:53 PM   #5
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You need to edit the files as root.

Old 09-02-2004, 07:41 PM   #6
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Thanks! hehe


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