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Old 08-22-2003, 03:17 PM   #1
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Unhappy read other posts but still can't change display

Hi, first of all, this is my very first day using Linux (Red Hat 9) I completed the installation yesterday. I wasn't sure if there would be problems but I installed all of the packages!! (let me know if that was wrong!!!!) Also, forgive me if I put any Windows terminology in this post....I'm not certain as to what to call everything!

I'm having a problem viewing my full Windows. I've done the obvious by going to the Main Menu>System Settings>Display, I can change the resolution (from 640x480 up to 1920x1440), but after it asks for a logout (reboots) it's still the same.

I've read three posts that seem to match my problem with these results:

1) XConfigurator gives this error
-bash: xconfigurator: command not found

2) ctrl+alt+[plus sign] AND ctrl+alt+[-]
nothing happens

my specs - IBM P2 350Mhz, 128MB RAM, 8GB HDD, S3 Trio3D on board video

Is there something else that I can try? Note, I'm really not a programmer, like I said I'm 2 days old into Linux. Also, when in the Xconfigurator screen how do I exit out. I did a Windows (ctrl+alt+del) cold boot and it rebooted, is there another way to go directly back to the desktop (is that the correct term??)??

Thanks in advance for the help, expect to see more questions!! My next project - connecting to a Win2k Network......
Old 08-22-2003, 03:21 PM   #2
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ok well lets start at step 1....
you are correct in calling it the x configurator, but the command at the prompt is :
so type that instead and re-do your configuration...
step 2 probably didn't do anything because you probably only have 640x480 in your config, so it more than likely has no other resolutions to filter through....
anyways i have a curious say you are trying to make your res 1920x1440, which is a hell of a resolution, and no doubt if your trying to do this, that your monitor must support it, but does that S3 gfx card support that?
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the case has to be exact
Old 08-22-2003, 03:30 PM   #4
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or just use xf86config cause i will guaruntee it to work... cause i just tried Xconfigurator on my redhat box and theres no deals on it just in case it doesn't work just use xf86config ... the word xconfigurator doesn't even exist on my machine
Old 08-22-2003, 04:24 PM   #5
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try Fn + F7

if the problem is that it looks like there is a black border around your screen. if i misread your problem, just ignore this... hope it helps.
Old 08-25-2003, 09:30 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies...

Hi everyone! Thank you for your replies...I haven't tried any as yet, I'm on the job and have something else to concentrate on....

Anyways....In reply to DrOzz.....No I'm not trying to change my resolution that high, I was trying to indicate that I have the option to change it that high but it doesn't change.

After I try your other suggestions (DrOzz), I'll let you know if I have any success!

Once again, thanks for the replies!


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