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Old 06-21-2005, 09:23 PM   #1
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why is there xorg.conf and XF86Config

I am using mandriva 10.2 and I realized that I have a XF86Config file and a Xorg.config file. When I installed it the installation asked if I wanted to run Xorg on boot up. I'm just learning linux and am trying to configure my 6 monitor's.

If I want to run my X with XFree86 instead when trouble shooting how would I do this?

I started out with redhat 9.0 and was able to use the command X -configure to set up all of my 5 videocards to 5 monitors. The 6th monitor was the other monitor on my g400 duel head card.

Now that I have installed mandriva 10.2 I am without the X -configure command to jump start the file. It does not work.

I had set up FC4 but when I tried to enter init 3 from the GUI it would go to a blank screen with a line green beam around it. This discouraged me. Not knowing what the problem was and not being a computer scientist I abandoned the newly installed FC4.

So far the closest I have come to running most of these monitor was my first attempt with redhat 9.0.

So now I have multiple example on how to right both XFree86 and Xorg but find myself running into problems that I don't have the answer for or have been hiding from my search paths.

Also I have man files missing and just realized that thats another thing I will have to look into.

Any suggestions welcome.

My brain is small and needs a little help.
Old 06-21-2005, 09:50 PM   #2
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First off try the Display setup thingo in the Mandrake Control Centre

if that doesn't work there is the xorgcfg (graphical config tool) and xorgconfig (CLI) which come with xorg and are the equivalents (i assume) of the ones that came with Xfree86.

The xorg.conf file replaces the xf86config file and is located in /etc/X11/
Old 06-21-2005, 11:07 PM   #3
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Thank you for your feedback.

I had read up about the xorgconfig file in the xorg man page but was told that there is no man page for this string.

I did not know about the xorgcfg and hope that it can help in writing some of the xorgconfig file.

Ok so leave it to Keith Packard and the rest of them to lead the way I guess.

Thanks again


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