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JustLinux: Configuring your video mode in Linux

Mar 28, 2000, 21:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"After much page turning and mouse-clicking, I discovered that the truth really is out there and you can change screen resolution. The process is complicated by a fact that I, a former Windows user, had taken for granted. X, the virtual machine running my graphics for me, was not preconfigured to accept every video card known to Humankind. So, screen resolutions (or video modes as they are sometimes called) need to be set up and tested manually. X is taking this cautious approach because the wrong screen settings can really damage your monitor."

"In this two-part article, I'll walk you through the steps you can take to configure your video mode in Linux."

"Within most flavors of Linux, there are two tools designed to manage XFree86: Xconfigurator and xf86config. Each tool focuses on a different aspect of XFree86, and should be used accordingly."

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