xorg.conf was Re: No 1680x1050 resolution with Intrepid

James Tappin sjt at star.sr.bham.ac.uk
Fri Oct 31 18:56:45 GMT 2008

On Fri, 31 Oct 2008 17:41:30 +0200
Nigel Ridley <nigel at prayingforisrael.net> wrote:

NR> Art Alexion wrote:
NR> > On Friday 31 October 2008 10:24:38 am Dotan Cohen wrote:
NR> >> I suppose that xorg.conf is mostly empty because of bulletproof
NR> >X, but > now how can one configure it? Thanks in advance.
NR> > 
NR> > I've been meaning to ask this question myself.  I am really
NR> > anxious for an  answer.
NR> > 
NR> > After years of trying to master xorg.conf, they go and change it
NR> > on me %!*&&%%
NR> > 
NR> I remember recently reading that HAL is 'replacing' xorg.conf. HAL
NR> is supposed to automagically  detect everything so that there is no
NR> need for a xorg.conf anymore - but if you do create one,  then xorg
NR> will use it. See this:
NR> http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/ubuntu-help/131728-xorg-conf-going-away-now-what.html
NR> There is probably more info out there.....

It seems to me that the big problem here is that of monitors that don't
correctly return their capabilities (not that uncommon especially with
laptop screens). Right now it looks as if those who have such hardware
are worse off than they were in the era of (say) RedHat 4.2, in that
there is no config tool which will allow you to easily tell X what the
monitor can do and so the only options look like an ancient live-CD (and
copy the xorg.conf that it generates) or hand-editing xorg.conf.

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