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Old 09-28-2004, 02:34 PM   #1
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Newbie problems with setting resolution

Hi all,

just started using Linux this week. At work we are migrating some software from Solaris 8 to RedHat Linux Enterprise v3. Just received a new Dell that came with that version of Linux pre-installed.

I've got it hooked up to an old (but nice!) SGI 20" CRT monitor.

I can't for the life of me figure out how to set the resolution/refresh rate to something tolerable. I keep using Main Menu -> System Settings -> Display (which is really redhat-XFree86-config or something). I've got it set to the resolution I want and changed from generic CRT to my monitor, but I can't get it to use a higher refresh rate.

Can anyone please help me figure out how to do this? The config util just shows a range for refresh rate. I've tried changing the lower limit to 75 or 80Hz, but it still flickers like you wouldn't believe (so it's obviously not really using those values). I'm going crazy trying to look at this thing.

What am I missing?

Thanks in advance for any help.
Old 09-28-2004, 02:44 PM   #2
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I have trouble using XF86config, it never sets the values properly. So i manually go to /etc/X11/ and then edit the file XF86Config-4 (or something like that). Then reboot and it should work (make a backup just in case). Good luck


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