Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 10-25-2007, 02:24 PM   #1
Registered: Oct 2007
Posts: 40

Rep: Reputation: 15
Slackware questions

1. I installed Slackware 12.0 on my laptop, and the resolution is 1280x800 and how can I deal with it? When I log onto KDE, and if I go to the display setting the maximum it allows me is 1024x768.

2. How can I try other desktop environments? When I turn my laptop and log onto linux from lilo, it gives me the command line and if I type in startx it will automatically start KDE. how can I try other desktop environments?

Old 10-25-2007, 02:44 PM   #2
Registered: Sep 2007
Location: St. Catharines, Ontario
Distribution: Slackware 15/64 bit
Posts: 139

Rep: Reputation: 15
I believe in Slackware X uses a xorg.conf instead of Xfree86 the config file is located at /etc/X11/xorg.conf on my Slackware (12) so it should be the same for you, somewhere in the file is the screen resolution not sure where it been a while. As far as other desktop environments executing a "xwmconfig" (without quotes) should do the trick.
Old 10-25-2007, 04:31 PM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Jul 2005
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 1,271

Rep: Reputation: 63
If you'd like a graphical screen to select window managers from type kdm instead of startx. I haven't any ideas why KDE gives you a max resolution of 1024x768. I think KDE uses it's own stuff to determine and set resolutions. To elaborate on KrazyKanuk's suggestion, in Xorg.conf you'll find a section describing the monitor and it's details. In that section will be a set of lines beginning with Mode and a list of resolutions. The first one listed is the default. If you want to change your resolution I recommend making a backup copy of Xorg.conf and simply editing the Mode line.
Old 10-25-2007, 06:40 PM   #4
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: Kent, England
Distribution: Debian Testing
Posts: 19,192
Blog Entries: 4

Rep: Reputation: 475Reputation: 475Reputation: 475Reputation: 475Reputation: 475
It's probable that you are using the in built and most basic version of your graphics card driver and that is why your screen is at that resolution. Go to your graphics card manufacturers site to download (hopefully) a Linux version of your graphics card driver. They will also provide installation instructions.

It could also be that your monitor is misreporting it's limitations. Open xorg.conf and post up the monitor section, also provide us with the make and model and we can advise on the settings. Or go to your monitor manufacturers site and pick up the settings from there.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Questions about Slackware Cirdan Slackware 5 01-10-2006 01:58 AM
slackware many questions hosler Linux - Newbie 1 03-27-2005 12:55 AM
Some slackware questions.... stabile007 Linux - Newbie 10 07-24-2004 08:42 PM
Slackware 10 questions footinboy Linux - Newbie 1 07-08-2004 11:45 AM
A few slackware 9 questions lhiggins Slackware 2 07-18-2003 04:15 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:33 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration