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Old 10-03-2002, 07:52 AM   #1
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Question XF86Config / XF86Config-4 which does what?

I'm trying to set up RH 7.3 on a laptop with a 1024x600 default resolution (Tosh 320CT), to no avail. It always defaults to 800x600.

I've looked at editing the XF86Config file; in fact, I've copied one from the internet, but this makes no difference.

Questions, therefore, are:

1. Am I using the correct copy of the file - /etc/X11/XFConfig ?

2. Where does XF86Config-4 fit in to the picture?

Any answers would be appreciated - I'm at the point of not knowing what to try next...

Cheers, Dave.
Old 10-03-2002, 10:56 AM   #2
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After Xfree version 4 was released, they decided that a new config file should be used so it doesnt conflict with earlier X versions (well its a bit more complicated than that but yoy get the point)
Now many distros ignore this since you're anyway gonna use only one version of X at a time, so they just use the standard XF86Config, but Red Hat for some strange reason, decided to use XF86Config-4 file instead the standard one. This confused the hell out of many people. So in other words you are editing the wrong file, try hacking XF86Config-4 instead and see if it works.
Old 10-04-2002, 04:49 AM   #3
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Thanks for that - did try editting both... is there a log created when you load X? The blasted thing *always* seems to default to 800x600, and I'd love to know why...
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You could try looking in /var/log/xfree86.n.log.The "n" = a number starting at zero.
Old 11-20-2002, 04:39 AM   #5
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For completeness, I've solved the problem. I've now got a working XF86Config-4 file that configures X at 1024x600 on my 320CT - it's been tested under Mandrake 9 and Red Hat 8. It's a bit lengthy to print here, but if anyone with a 320 wants a copy, mail me on davee at excite dot com.

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Old 11-23-2005, 11:51 AM   #6
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I know this is a really old thread, but does anyone know what the end solution was...

I have the same problem on a Toshiba Portege 320CT - I have tried e-mailing Dave but the address may no lonfer be in use.




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