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Old 01-31-2003, 02:09 PM   #1
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Trouble with resolutions


Today, I installed mandrake 9.0 onto my machine. The installation all went very well, apart from that when I loaded the mandrake control centre in gnome2, i couldnt see the whole thing as the resolution was funny. I changed it to 800x600 and logged off gnome. The moment i had finished doing this, it went into the kernal. I am now stuck in the kernal trying to find a way to change the resolution from there. I phoned a friend, and he gave me some information, but he didn't know the exact filename. He said something about using mcedit and going into usr/x somthing.
If anyone knows any more details and can help me out, please post a reply as soon as possible. Thanks

Old 02-01-2003, 03:48 PM   #2
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I think you mean stuck at the command line?

I'm not sure why *dropping* the resolution would cause this, normally it's because your graphics card can't meet the demands you're asking of it, so Linux falls out of graphics mode.

Try doing X -configure and stepping through the instructions, hopefully that'll get you back up and running at which point you can alter the settings back.

What exactly do you mean by "the resolution was funny" anyway?
Old 02-28-2004, 03:02 PM   #3
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Erm I think he has a text size problem, the text is so small u can't read it or similar?
What graphics card do you have? , please tell us your specs then I might be able to help you mate.
Reply soon please, Mike
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It was probebly because your monitor was configured incorrectly. Log in as root in the text mode, then open /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 in any editor (mcedit, joe, vim, emacs, pico) and search for 'Section "Monitor"'. Below you'll find lines beginning with 'HorizSync' and 'VertRefresh'. Open your monitor's manual and type the values you'll find inside (in technical details). Example:
        HorizSync       28-50
        VertRefresh     43-75
(my settings for an old monitor)

Then save the file and run 'startx'. Graphucal mode should start.


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