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Old 06-24-2005, 11:36 AM   #1
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Gorredijk, Netherlands
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Test video settings

I have an old piece of shit laying around and I want to run Fluxbox on Slackware on it. I can install and run Slackware fine but I can't for the love of me configure X. The annoying thing about it is that everytime I try a new configuration it will switch screen modes and will show me an empty black screen and I lose control. Ctrl-alt-backspace doesn't work nor does any other key combo, I know 'cause I smashed the keyboard into the wall..... But I don't think it crashed, the num-lock key still responds.

Anyway, my question is is there a way to test the video settings and have the thing switch back to text mode after a few seconds? That would save the keyboard and myself from a lot of pain. I hhhaaaatttteee rebooting, especially on that old timer.

Thanks in advance for any response...
Old 06-24-2005, 01:13 PM   #2
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ssh into it from another box on your network

or make a script that does a "killall -9 X" every minute or so and run it in the background
Old 06-24-2005, 01:56 PM   #3
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It isn't connected (yet). But thanks for the second idea. I haven't looked into scripting much but I guess it's possible to have a script run X and then kill it after ten seconds or so...


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