Changing display resolution

Derek Broughton derek at
Tue May 26 22:54:29 BST 2009

Mark Greenwood wrote:

> On Tuesday 26 May 2009 13:19:53 Derek Broughton wrote:
>> surely Mandriva doesn't let you randomly pick modes, either.  That's
>> guaranteed to lead to broken X configs more often than Ubuntu's method,
>> because users will select modes that _aren't_ valid.
> The Mandriva situation is still preferable - under Kubuntu I can't pick
> the mode I want because it's not detected. Under Mandriva I *could* pick
> an invalid one, but at least I *can* pick the one I want. I'd rather have
> it not work due to my own ignorance/stupidity than due to flaws in
> auto-detection mechanisms that I can't influence. (Note however that I
> still choose to use Kubuntu despite this obvious raging flaw ;) )

It's clearly a matter of preference - but I would rather have non-technical 
users protected when power-users can always edit the xorg.conf file.

>> >> And for people like you, copying xorg.conf from your old Hardy or
>> >> Intrepid system should also work.
>> > 
>> > Except that the upgrade trashed it. Backup? I've never needed one
>> > before... :)
>> I find it really hard to believe an upgrade _trashed_ it.  There are
>> usually
>> half a dozen copies of xorg.conf.  KDE backs it up whenever you make a
>> change.  One of those should be working.
> I never made a change under Intrepid, it just worked. Hence no backups.

but even then - the old one should still be there.  The xorg-server post-
install scripts copy it.

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