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TechRepublic: Linux 101: Video configuration, take 2

May 29, 2000, 12:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

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"Video configuration can be a complicated task. Whether you're using Windows or Linux, settings must be configured perfectly for the best video resolution. Installing a video card is only half the battle. Even if you've got the card working, you'll want to ensure you've maximized its capabilities."

"We've taken a look at the information-gathering stage, and you already have a working Linux installation. However, the display just doesn't seem right. After running startx, everything seems to be okay, but after using your X Windows System awhile, you notice that either your eyes have had a serious injection of caffeine or your monitor is doing a two-step to Rammstien."

"Well, more than likely, it's just a poorly configured display adapter. Hopefully, one of the many Linux configuration tools can help you out. These "front-end" tools are simply applications that write the XF86Config configuration file that is found in most popular distributions in the /usr/X11R6/lib/X11 directory. This file contains all of the configuration routines for your X Windows Session, and if you know what you're doing, it can be changed manually."

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