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Old 09-06-2006, 06:13 PM   #1
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Permission Denied when trying as "root" to edit xorg.conf

Hello, i had followed the instructions to edit xorg.conf but i get a "permission denied" message
The only thing i wanted to do was to recover the desktop resolution to 1024x768, because although my monitor supports 1600x1200 i get an "out of range" message when linux suse 10.1 starts.

Geforce Ti4400
Hitachi CM721F

Thank you.
Old 09-06-2006, 06:39 PM   #2
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Hi. Can you post the exact message, and also "ls -l /etc/X11/xorg.conf"
Old 09-07-2006, 03:42 AM   #3
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I dont know where to find the "ls -l /etc/X11/xorg.conf", i am not familiar with the interface yet. But the only thing i want, is to rollback the resolution to a lower value so that i can install the graphic drivers from nvidia.
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If you can't get into the gui, or desktop, when you boot hit the 3 key at the first boot menu, and then hit enter. This will take you into run mode 3, which is a command line interface. Log in as root, and type:


This will bring up the sax2 program, from which you can adjust your monitor resolution. If you can't get sax2 to work, try nano to edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

Sax2 will probably work. When you get that fixed, there are special instructions for installing the nVidia driver in SuSE 10.1. Make sure you print those out. You can't have X running when you install the nVidia driver, but you can't download the driver without a graphical browser. So you need to go in X to get the driver, then kill X with CTRL_ALT_BACKSPACE, hit CTRL_ALT_F1 to get a terminal, log in as root, type:

ps aux | grep 'kdm'

and then:

kill pid-of-kdm-process

Then you can install the nVidia driver by going to the directory where the binary is:

chmod a+x NV*
Old 09-07-2006, 05:19 PM   #5
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Thanks, it worked with the command sax2. But now i have a bigger problem i cant connect to the internet so that i can download with "YOU" (YasT online updater) the driver, like nVidia's instructions tell. I think that my modem isn't installed/recognised?


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