First of, I'm a newbie to linux, although I am familiar with basic Unix commands and stuff.
I'm trying to fix someone's computer, and here's the problem.
I'ts a 300 MHz Gateway2000 computer that has some old video card in it. It's running SuSE (although I have NO idea what version---I could find out if this is necessary information).
In either case, when the computer boots in regular mode, as soon as X11 is loaded, the computer shoots into a mode that is not supported by the monitor (could be resolution AND/OR refresh rate). However, I can still boot the computer in failsafe mode.
What I need to know is how to change the settings of X11 through the fail-safe mode or whatever way possible so that it will boot in a lower resolution--say, 1024x768. Is there a config tool that I can use? Again, I do understand basic Unix... I could navigate to a particular location and edit a config file manually with pico or vi.
So far, I poked around and found the directory:
I picoed the file, and saved a backup as XF86Config.bak, and then edited the file so that the lines referring to the 1600x1200 video mode were commented out with a #. I tried to reboot the computer with no luck. I got back into failsafe mode, and then did a "cat XF86Config.bak > XF86Config" to restore the file.
Is there an easier way?
Shoot, is there a DIFFICULT way? I won't be picky...