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Old 07-12-2006, 09:36 PM   #1
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Question SAX2 - How to add a custom modeline?


I have a custom modeline I want to add to /etc/X11/xorg.conf to make suse work with my projector. I have all the settings from a previous xorg.conf that I used in Fedora. The problem is, I can't see anywhere to put in custom resolutions & monitors in SAX2 - and sax2 automatically generates xorg.conf.

So, how do I disable sax2 OR put custom modelines in without it overwriting xorg.conf ???
Old 07-13-2006, 02:49 AM   #2
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I haven't used SuSE a whole lot, but I'll take a stab at it.

The last time I had to mess with X video settings in SuSE, I found that as long as you don't mess with SAX2 (i.e. reconfigure using SAX2), it won't overwrite your xorg.conf file. Since I rarely use GUI tools to mess with my configuration files anyway, it didn't really bother me, but chances are, there's a better solution.

Here's what I would do. Make the changes you want to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf and back it up to something like /etc/X11/my.xorg.conf. Then find your "local" startup script/settings (try /etc/rc.d/boot.local) and add the following line:

cp -vf /etc/X11/my.xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf
This will copy your customized my.xorg.conf over the SAX2-overwritable xorg.conf every time the computer boots. Just make sure to make all your changes to the my.xorg.conf from now on.

Like I said, this probably isn't the best way to do it (I'm really much more of a Slackware/Gentoo guy), but I think it'll work. If anybody else has a better idea, please feel free to chime in!

Hope that helps.

Old 07-13-2006, 08:03 AM   #3
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Dane, Thanks for that! I'll give it a try


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