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Old 10-05-2000, 03:10 PM   #1
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Thanks for the advice on partitioning, i got that sorted out, i got the red hat 6.0 installed ok, but Lilo wouldn't load into the mbr. I made a floppy and finished the installation and now Linux boots up ok. Problem is that the screen resolution is all wrong. It normally operates in 1024X768 but it look like 800 x 600 or less. I had all the details of the monitor and entered them accordingly during installation. Thing is, the monitor wasn't listed and I had to enter custom details. I then tried to alter the res using xf86config on the terminal. I went through the different questions but the display never altered. I'm using a Dell M770 19" monitor with an Nvidia TNT2 card with 32megs.
Is there any point continuing with this distribution or would I be better off getting a distribution such as Suse?
Any help would be great!!
Old 10-05-2000, 05:10 PM   #2
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SuSE (and all the distro's I know of) use Xfree, so you'll most likely run into the same thing. What resolution did you choose to run? Try logging out of X an running Xconfigurator.
Old 07-12-2003, 01:12 AM   #3
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Xconfigurator is redhat specific, try xf86config
Old 07-12-2003, 04:23 AM   #4
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For XF86Config changes to take effect, you have to restart the X server. If you could post the screen sections of your config, it would be helpful. (usually /etc/X11/XF86Config)
Old 07-18-2003, 09:25 AM   #5
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I don't know about RedHat but SuSE uses sax for X config.
In sax (or sax2 in later versions) you can set your prefs, including resolution. It has a gui, so no text. Use XF86config if you want text based.

If you decide to go with SuSE, be sure to have your internet connection ready, because SUSE will fetch the NVidia drivers from the SuSE ftp during installation. They are not on the cd's. Otherwise you will get a dummy nv driver instead.

Are you sure you indicated which resolution should be default?
Or just which ones are possible on your hardware?

Old 07-18-2003, 09:36 AM   #6
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steve, you can find complete step by step instructions about XF86Config at LinuxAnswers... Just click on the answers button on top of this page...
Old 07-18-2003, 11:47 AM   #7
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I understand now you are using X, so you can go to "system tools"->desktop or something similar and see that is the resolution of your desktop indeed. I'll tell you in linux, resolution indeed looks like less than windows, even in the same value. So please first confirm it.

Using this tools you can also set different resolution.


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