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Old 12-07-2009, 01:02 PM   #1
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Editing Xorg.conf with no monitor


My laptop screen isn't working but I don't want to abandon my laptop so I am trying to hook up a new monitor. I'm using my 1 HDMI port, and my BIOS doesn't recognize the monitor on boot up. Also, my xorg.conf file is not configured for this monitor. My question is what should my xorg.conf look like? I have a bit of a start on it(see attached) but it is not quite right. How do I set up the Toshiba as the default screen, in order to use this monitor when Linux starts? Other info: I use Debian 5.0 with Gnome.

Any help is greatly appreciated

steve
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:41 AM   #2
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With Debian 5.0, you should not need and xorg.conf file. Indeed, having one that is incorrectly constructed could be the cause of your problems. Have you tried removing your xorg.conf and letting X try to work out the settings for itself?

I just had a peak at the file you uploaded: ouch lots of nasty nvidia stuff. Perhaps there are some nvidia experts lurking?

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Old 12-08-2009, 06:58 AM   #3
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If you can get to root console and see it you might try

Code:
apt-get update
Then

Code:
apt-get autoclean
then

Code:
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
Just answer the prompts like you did when you installed. Hopefully your old /etc/X11/xorg.conf file will not interfere with this process.

I don't run Vanilla Debian but AntiX instead so you might want to wait for another reply from somebody else that confirms my way to try to fix it.
 
Old 12-13-2009, 04:44 PM   #4
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Ok, I got it working, and I see what you mean about not needing an xorg.conf file, but I've my best results with one. Is there anyone out there who knows how (or if) you can manipulate the BIOS after you have booted up, I would like to be able to use my monitor before the X windows system loads. Thanks again
 
Old 01-04-2010, 04:05 AM   #5
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It must be a BIOS issue because I have tried multiple Live CDs and DVDs, from Windows and different *nixs and they never pick up on the monitor. Never. But with some cleverness, luck, and ingenuity I was able to get a good copy of xorg.conf on my computer and get it up and runnging, not sure if I could have done it on a windows box.
 
  


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