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Old 02-18-2003, 03:44 PM   #1
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Unhappy Installed wrong monitor

I just installed Linux (first time) on my laptop. It was connected to a 2nd monitor, and the display during installation went to the 2nd monitor. At the end, it asked me to verify monitor. I entered what I thought was the right one, but it wasn't.

How can I reset the configuration? Is there a way to boot up Linux e.g. in text mode and do it from there?

Thanks -- Sheryl
Old 02-18-2003, 04:21 PM   #2
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Use the same installation CD and reboot while the CD is in. Do a new installation but choose text mode (you have many options I think you should click F2 FOR TEXT). You can see that (F1, F2, F3,etc.) at the bottom of the screen when u reboot using the installation CD. Do a new installation... This time choose the correct monitor while installing
Old 02-18-2003, 07:36 PM   #3
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You don't have to completely reinstall your OS. Use a boot floppy or CD to get to a


prompt. Type root=/dev/hda1 (or whatever your root partition is) and you'll get to a command prompt. You'll have to login as root with your root password then you'll get to something that looks like


From here, you should (depending on your distro) be able to type in xf86config which will allow you to reselect your monitor, keyboard, mouse, video card, etc. Answer the questions correctly and be sure to read each one carefully before answering. Once you've selected everything properly, you should be able to go back into X by typing startx.

This way you don't have to reinstall everything from scratch.
Old 02-19-2003, 08:59 PM   #4
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if you tell your dist there are more simple ways to do it like in
mandrake drakconf
redhat setup or redhat-config-xfree86


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